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PURCH Class of 2024 Celebrates Transition to Clinical Training

May 09, 2022
2022 PURCH Transition Ceremony

Third-year medical students in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track marked their transition from classroom learning to clinical training at a ceremony on May 3, 2022 at the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate campus in Springfield. (Photo: Dr Eric Churchill, Brightwood House learning mentor, Kassandra Jean-Marie, Lisa Clinton, co-chair Baystate Community Faculty, Dr Andrew Artenstein, Executive Dean, UMass Chan-Baystate)

PURCH Transition Ceremony PinBefore a virtual audience of faculty, deans, and family, Brightwood House learning mentors bestowed specially designed pins upon these these 26 students—the pins depict the staff of Asclepius, the god of healing, within a circle of intertwined arms, signifying their roles as healers within the community.

Congratulations Class of 2024


Kaan Apaydin
Vanessa Avalone
Thuy Duong Doan
Emily Gang
Marcella Jewell
Julia Small
Zachary Strecker

Learning Community Mentor

Samuel Borden, MD

Longitudinal Preceptor

Arthur Krulewitz, MD
Sharon Wretzel, MD
Zachry Zichittella, MD
Andrew Fay, MD
Adam Garretson, MD
Min Ho Cho, MD
Stephen Martin, MD
Sarah Danforth
Jordan Dudley
Sarah Hansen
Kassandra Jean-Marie
McKenzie Jones
Laura Labb
Eric Churchill, MD
Amir Lotfi, MD
Carolyn Delk, DO
Craig Kannel, MD
Kate Atkinson, MD
Nathan Macedo, MD
Carolyn Delk, DO
Juliana Arenas
Kimberly Burke
Gabrielle Carroll
Pooja Dutta
Kamryn Jebb
Rose May
Gidon Salamatbad
Omar Taweh
Elizabeth Eagleson, MD
Chelsea Gordner, MD
Beth Carter, MD
John Peluso, MD
Kathryn Jobbins, DO
Barbara Greco, MD
Linda Schoonover, MD
Brian Laliberte, MD
Carolyn Goldstein, MD
Georgia Bancheri
Benjamin Laliberte
Benjamin Potee
Gabryjela Walsh
Sara Wang
Jacqueline Wu, MD
Beth Carter, MD
Kelly Tyler, MD
Sundeep Shukla, MD
Maryam Hasan, MD
James Gebhardt, MD

Preparing Medical Students for Clinical Roles

For the past two weeks, these students have been undergoing clinical skills training in Baystate's Simulation Center, attaining Basic Life Saving certification from the American Heart Association, and participating in other activities to prepare them to take on greater responsibility as active members of healthcare teams in the hospital, community clinic, or physician's office.

Unique Role of Baystate Community Faculty

Lisa Clinton, Baystate Community Faculty, Speaking at the 2022 PURCH Transition Ceremony

Lisa Clinton, Baystate Community Faculty co-chair, spoke about BCF's important role in educating PURCH students throughout their four years of medical school.

BCF comprises members of the community who are not clinical providers, but are trained to participate in undergraduate medical education, share their perspectives, illuminate problems of health inequity, and help the students develop skills to address them. (Photo: Lisa Clinton addresses rising third-year PURCH students)

Three New Community Faculty Members

Clinton also announced the names of three community members who have recently completed the professional training required to serve as community faculty:

—Zaida Govan
—Ricky Rivera
—Mable Sharif