You are using an older version of Internet Explorer that is not supported on this site. Please upgrade for the best experience.

Student Life at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate

You will spend time at UMass Chan-Baystate facilities in Springfield from your very first week, becoming familiar with our faculty, patients, and communities.

Brightwood House Learning Community

Your academic and social home throughout medical school is Brightwood House, the Learning Community for all PURCH Track students.

PURCH's smaller cohort makes Brightwood House's students and faculty exceptionally close.

Years 1 & 2: Classroom and Learning Community Spaces


PURCH students in Doctoring and Clinical Skills I and II spend most of their time at UMass Chan-Baystate's classroom facilities—a large, newly-designed space with several classrooms with teleconferencing capabilities, interview rooms, restrooms, lockers, and showers.

PURCH Students in their Learning Community SpaceYour home base is the Brightwood House learning community space—a comfortable lounge area and kitchen facilities equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee brewers, sink, dining tables and chairs.

UMass Chan-Baystate campus administrative offices are also located in this building.

3601 Main Street
Springfield, MA
(Map and directions on Google Maps)

There is free parking for PURCH students in the lot nearest the building.

Years 3 & 4: Clinical Training at Baystate Medical Center

Baystate Medical Center Campus

Third and fourth year students doing clerkships and electives will likely spend time at Baystate Medical Center.

759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
(Map and directions on Google Maps)

Way-to-Go app screenshot

PURCH students will have free parking in Center “C” Lot and will take the free employee shuttle to and from the hospital. The shuttle and security escort services are available 24/7.

Finding Your Way Around the Hospital

For a layout of Baystate Medical Center grounds, including main buildings and street names, download the Baystate Medical Center map (pdf).

To find your way within the hospital, download our WaytoGo App (for both IOS and Andriod devices) from the BH App Store.