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Out of the Classroom and into the Community
UMass Medical School - Baystate campus

"In a landscape of the exclusively white, middle/upper class patients we see in literally every other course,
FINALLY PURCH steps in to fill in the gaps of giving us diverse patient perspectives.”
—PURCH Student, 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.

Practice medicine in diverse under-served urban and rural communities

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

Think comprehensively about population health and 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 your patients' perspectives and how community impacts health

Community is bound into 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.

Be a leader and a collaborator on the health care team

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

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.

Get plenty of hands-on experience in a full range of medical conditions. Last year, we had:

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

And, PURCH's smaller class size means you'll have a more personalized learning experience.

Join Us

Reinventing health care takes commitment. It takes collaboration.
It takes you.

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