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Core Clinical Experiences-PURCH (CCE-P)

In CCE-PURCH during your third year, you will apply the knowledge and skills gained in your first two years under the supervision and guidance of our faculty. As an active member of a health care team in a hospital, community clinic, or physician office you will be taking on greater responsibility for direct patient care.

Required Clerkships

Just as they are for non-track students, clerkships are organized into three 16-week thematic blocks at Baystate.

Care of the Adult

  • Internal Medicine
    Site Director: Raquel Belforti, DO
  • Neurology
    Site Directors: Sharjeel Panjwani, MD & James Otis, MD

Care of the Family

  • Family Medicine
    Site Director: Stephanie Silverman, MD
  • Pediatrics
    Site Director: Christine Marrese, MD
  • Psychiatry
    Site Director: Sonia Riyaz, MD

Perioperative and Maternal Care

  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    Site Director: Halina Wiczyk, MD
  • Surgery
    Site Director: Gladys Fernandez, MD

Flexible Clinical Experiences

You will have opportunities to participate in a variety of flexible clinical experiences throughout your third year.

This multidisciplinary learning program is self-directed in that you can choose from a diverse offering of pre-designed experiences.

Students and Baystate faculty also have the ability to create a designer FCE (via the UMMS website)—a novel, innovative educational experience to explore a passion, interest, or curiosity. This can be clinical or non-clinical (e.g. education, community service).


The Interstitial Curriculum is shared between the two campuses.

It will incorporate the “Becoming A Physician” curriculum, led by Learning Community Mentors, and will follow three main themes of: Advocacy, Professional Identity, and Teamwork. Many Interstitials will incorporate interprofessional learners, and will be facilitated by providers from a variety of departments.

There is also a PURCH-specific, community-based project design Interstitial series done at Baystate in collaboration with community partners.