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Student Life at UMMS-Baystate

You will spend time at the UMMS-Baystate campus in Springfield from your very first week—becoming familiar with our faculty, teaching facilities, patients, and communities where you'll do your clinical training in your third and fourth years.

Your home base is Brightwood House—the learning community for PURCH students. You will learn and work together with these students and faculty mentors over the four years of medical school.

Get an idea of a typical day for a first-year and second-year PURCH student at the Baystate campus.

The First Day

PURCH First Day - Breakfast with Faculty

Breakfast with Faculty and Staff

PURCH First Day - Welcome from Dean Artenstein

Welcome from Dean Andy Artenstein

PURCH First Day Ice Breaker

Team Building Ice Breaker


The First Month

Master Clinician and Auto Mechanic Teaches Med Students

August 10: First DCS Class

PURCH students compared and contrasted clinical reasoning with everyday reasoning by listening to a master auto mechanic diagnose car problems.

PURCH students visit Friends of the Homeless

August 31: History-taking Interviews

Half of the class practiced their interview skills by taking family and social histories with clients at the Friends of the Homeless shelter.

The other half interviewed inmates at the Ludlow jail. They also discussed the healthcare systems at the shelter or jail and identified barriers to care.

PURCH Students Participate in Interprofessional Poverty Simulation

September 9: Interprofessional Poverty Simulation

PURCH students joined students from 7 nursing schools and 2 pharmacy schools in an exercise simulating the experiences of living in poverty. Executives, attendings and residents have participated in similar poverty simulations.

PURCH class of 2021 receive their white coats

September 15: Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony

Our 20 PURCH students and their 142 classmates—UMass Medical School's largest class in its history—received their white coats at a ceremony at the main campus.