Baystate Summer Academy

Baystate Summer Academy

Will Be Offered Summer 2024

For rising college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

9-week evening course running from June 11, 2024 to August 6, 2024

Baystate Summer Academy (BSA) is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of public health and medical research practices. BSA works with various researchers and practitioners at Baystate Health to provide students with skills in research methods.

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing opportunities may be available across a variety of departments pending hospital restrictions (it is not guaranteed). Opportunities to participate in the simulation center may also be available.

Participation in this program is a preferred eligibility requirement for the Baystate Summer Scholars Program. 



  • Entering your freshman, sophomore or junior year in a four-year undergraduate program for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Articulated interest in health care, public health, or research as a career option (see application below)
  • Resident of Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden counties in Massachusetts


  • Graduate of a public school supporting residents of Springfield, Massachusetts (e.g., district school, charter, school choice)
  • Previous connection to and/or participation in Baystate Health-sponsored activities or programs

Program Goals

Baystate Summer Academy aims to begin the process of connecting you to the medical center through the practice of research by providing:

  • Basic fundamentals of research design and conduct
  • Environment where you can interact with other students to address research questions, and that promotes independent, self-directed learning
  • Limited observation experiences in a variety of disciplines and specialties (optional activity: pending restrictions in the hospital)

2023 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • 2024 Summer Academy will run from June 11 - August 6, 2024.


  • There is no stipend associated with Baystate Summer Academy.

Application Process

To apply to the 2024 Baystate Summer Academy program:

  • Complete the online Summer Academy application (A resume and personal statement will be needed)
  • Applications due March 22, 2024

Contact Us

Please contact Peter Blain, Program Manager, with any questions:


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