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Student Highlights

Our PURCH students come to us with a wealth of experiences—high school teacher, researcher,  Peace Corps volunteer.

But they all chose the PURCH Track for our unique approach to training doctors and the many opportunities to engage with, and advocate for, under-served communities.

Read about some of them here!

Theo Eldore

Theo is an advocate and role model for LGBTQIA+ patients.
Meet Theo
UMass Chan Spotlight on PURCH Student Theo Eldore

Carly Herbert

Her published research informs FDA guidance on Rapid COVID-19 tests.
Carly Herbert Covid Test Research

PURCH Students Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

See the list
UMass Medical School Gold Humanism in Medicine

Iha Kaul

She was selected by the TH Chan School of Medicine to give the 2022 commencement speech.
PURCH Grad Iha Kaul Gives UMass Chan Commencement Speech

Marcella Jewell Wins Mass Medical Society Award

She developed a dashboard tracking pediatric behavioral health boarding in the ED.
Marcella Jewell 2022 Massachusetts Medical Society Award

Stella Barth

She presented her research on spinal cord injuries at two national neuroscience conferences.
Stella Barth PURCH Medical Student

Kassandra Jean Marie

She was drawn to PURCH because of her passion to help those without adequate access to health care.
Meet Kassandra

True Cost of Pedi ED Boarding Crisis

Marcella Jewell's research has garnered national attention.
Marcella Jewell

Students Staffing Vaccine Clinics

Interprofessional student volunteers help vaccinate those hardest hit by COVID.

Sabahat Rahman

“As long as I’m in some sort of intersection of health care and human rights, I will feel like I’m in the right place.”
Meet Sabahat

Kendall Burdick

Awarded grant to study the effect of geographic and racial factors on pediatric trauma access disparities.

Kendall Burdick Research Grant

Stella Barth

“I took a decade off before going to medical school—I wouldn't have it any other way."
Meet Stella
Student Spotlight Stella Barth

Emily Nuss and Tatiana Petrovich Awarded Fullbright Fellowships

They are studying household air pollution in Guatemala
Little guatemalan Girl

Vanessa Avalone

She's working with community partners focusing on youth mental health and substance use.
Meet Vanessa
Student Spotlight Vanessa Avalone

Alpha Omega Alpha Society

2021 grads Kathryn Norman and Laura Schwartz inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Student Inductees