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Get Involved with PURCH

The PURCH (Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health) Track is a patient-centered, community-based educational track for UMass Medical School students based at the Baystate regional campus in Springfield, MA.

Help Get Medical Students Out into the Community

The PURCH Track is built around the importance of community.

  • Our Community Faculty have ongoing involvement in developing our curriculum.
  • Many local individuals and organizations step up to make community-integrated learning experiences possible for our students.

There are a variety of opportunities occurring throughout the year for you to engage with educating PURCH medical students.

Ways You Can Contribute to Medical Education—Locally

We are seeking to partner with community agencies, organizations, and community members interested in becoming involved in one or more of the following programs.

If you would like to partner with us, please complete our PURCH Interest Form.

Summer Service-Learning Assistantship

One rising second-year student will work at your organization on a student-directed community service project and/or to develop a Population Health Clerkship. Up to 200 hours over 6-8 weeks in the summer.

Population Health Clerkship

Five to six clerkship students (from medicine and pharmacy) will partner with your organization to learn about your advocacy efforts and work on a small, organization-directed community service project that is meaningful to the population you serve. Up to 80 hours over 2 weeks in the fall.

Flexible Clinical Experience

One or two third-year medical students will work with you to organize an educational clinic- or community-based experience to help inform their clinical studies as part of an exploratory course. Can be offered to and/or developed with one or multiple students at various points throughout the year. The experience is 1-2 weeks depending on students' schedules.

Capstone Scholarship and Discovery (CSD) Course

One or two medical students will develop a scholarly project on a topic they are passionate about. Your role here is as Capstone Advisor—providing guidance and support to the students throughout their medical schooling. The CSD course extends over 4 years, and Capstone Advisors' roles are varied, so availability can vary.

Baystate Community Faculty

A unique opportunity to directly collaborate with PURCH faculty and staff to develop educational experiences for our students. Community Faculty may participate in direct student learning, or in a consultant role. Annual Community Faculty onboarding starts in the Fall.

Interested? Please Let Us Know

Submit a PURCH Interest Form. We use the information you provide to align your interests with the educational goals for our students.

PURCH Interest Form

We accept forms year round—We identify partners on a rolling basis.

 > Questions? Email Justin Ayala, Program Coordinator