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Out of the Classroom, into the Community

"UMass Medical School - Baystate campus PURCH adds another layer to my education—one not available in a classroom setting"
—Kathryn Norman, Class of 2021

Population-based Urban & Rural Community Health

Not Just for Those Interested in Primary Care

Whatever medical career you wish to pursue, you can benefit from the innovative approach of the PURCH Track at UMMS-Baystate.

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Practice in under-served urban and rural communities

Focus on health care issues common to urban and rural under-served populations—and learn directly from the community the complex interwoven social and environmental factors that affect them.

Begin to explore ways that physicians partner with community organizations to advocate and address their complex needs.

Explore causes of health disparities

You will learn to apply population health principles in diverse inpatient and outpatient settings—and with patients often marginalized by the healthcare system.

Understand how community impacts health

Community is woven through PURCH—from our community faculty to our immersive learning approach that lets you experience important concepts, such as bias and cultural humility, instead of just reading about and discussing them.

These concepts are integrated across all four years reinforcing the connection to community health.

Be a leader and a collaborator

You will be an active participant on an interprofessional clinical team—working, learning, and collaborating with health professionals and students in other disciplines.

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Get the Experience You Need

Enjoy the wide diversity of opportunities available at Baystate Health, one of the largest academic health systems in New England.

Plenty of hands-on experience

You will see the gamut of medical conditions, from the common to the complex. Last year, we had:

  • Over 1.7 million outpatient visits, including home visits
  • Over 4,300 babies born
  • More than 37,300 surgeries performed

Personalized learning experience

PURCH's smaller class size means deeper engagement.