UMass Medical School Partnership
Partnership Addresses Needs of Under-served Communities
Baystate Health (BH) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) partnered in 2015 to establish a regional campus in Springfield—University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate—with the aim of improving the health and well-being of our medically under-served rural and urban communities.
Through ongoing collaboration, BH and UMMS will seek to increase access to high-quality, high-value health care by:
- Easing the critical physician shortage in western Massachusetts
- Delivering health care more equitably and efficiently
University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Campus
Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health Track
The UMMS-Baystate campus offers an innovative Track for medical students.
A Pipeline of Physicians Likely—and Prepared—to Practice Locally
- Increasing the Number of Physicians Trained in Urban and Rural Healthcare
Medical students in the PURCH Track learn about the health needs of community members living in rural and urban areas of western Massachusetts, as well as the complex population-level factors contributing to health disparities.
- Increasing Massachusetts Students' Access to Affordable Medical Education
Physicians often practice where they train. The Baystate campus allows UMMS—one of the lower-cost medical schools in the nation—to increase incoming class size from 125 to 150. That's an additional 100 locally-trained medical students after the first four years.
As part of the UMMS-Baystate campus, the partners established two research centers.
Focus on Conducting—and Applying—Research on Effective, Efficient Healthcare
- Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare Services
Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science develops and evaluates innovative strategies to improve population health, reduce health disparities, and make health care better integrated.
- Expanding Patients' Access to Cutting-edge Treatments
The Center for Clinical Trials increases clinical trials available locally for the western Massachusetts community. Research findings are used to advance the delivery of the latest proven therapies.