Programs Offered

The School of Medicine offers multiple programs to support learners' diverse interests and career development.

DEGREE-GRANTING PROGRAMS (descriptions below)

The School of Medicine offers three school-sponsored, application-based structured student pathways for students with interest in developing particular skills in Global Health, Serving the Underserved and Clinical and Translational Research. A track in Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health is also offered.  These pathways do not provide additional degrees, but do have structured curricula and requirements for successful completion.  Notation is made on the transcripts and in the medical school performance evaluation (MSPE) of students who successfully complete all requirements. 

Degree Granting

MD Program

The School of Medicine offers MD and MD PhD degree programs for students from within and outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are interested in engaged learning and interprofessional partnerships. Our Learner-centered Integrated Curriculum (LInC) supports our vision that our graduates will excel in patient care, innovation, discovery leadership and service. The LInC is founded on our six core competencies, collaboratively developed by our students and faculty – physician as clinical problem solver, communicator, patient and community advocate, person, professional and scientist. Most students complete the MD degree in four years, though there are opportunities for extension for personal and professional development. Our clinical sites span the commonwealth with students rotating at our major clinical partners, UMass Memorial Medical Center as well as community-based educational partners from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.  Ambulatory preceptors are equally diverse and include multispecialty community-based providers, hospital-affiliated clinics, federally qualified health centers and private providers. This diversity of sites for clinical learning supports student learning, professional development and career decision-making.

For more information on program requirements, click here

The PhD portion of the MD/PhD program is overseen by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

MD/PhD Program

The UMMS program offers flexibility in the curriculum, specialized MD/PhD courses, a supportive advising program. In addition to the traditional biomedical sciences research training, our Medical Scientist Training Program offers a clinical/population based PhD degree for students interested in clinical research. The Clinical and Population Health Research Program offers our students an opportunity to become leaders in clinical and translational research by training them in areas including epidemiology, outcomes research, determinants of disease and biostatistics. It also addresses the national need for health research to move from the laboratory to the individual patient and health care systems.

For more information on program requirements, click here.

Track and Optional Pathways

Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) Track

The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) Track is a state-of-the-art medical education experience, covering the gamut from basic and clinical science to immersive and experiential education. Students will participate in courses at both the UMMS campus in Worcester and at Baystate Health Care in Springfield. The UMMS-Baystate track engages medical students in an innovative education model to meet the need of providing healthcare in our communities. Beginning in their first year, students in the PURCH track learn in the labortories that are the diverse urban and rural communities of Western Massachusetts and the wide scope of health care activities with the Baystate Health system.

For more information on program requirements, click here.

Clinical Translational Research Pathway

The Clinical and Translational Pathway (CTRP) is a selective program that provides advanced opportunities for students to further their skills in basic, clinical or translational research in parallel with the traditional medical school curriculum.  It is designed for students enrolled in the UMMS MD degree-granting program who wish to contribute to the development of evidence-based approaches to improve clinical care, and to translate discoveries in basic science to clinical practice throughout their career.  Students accepted into this program complete longitudinal coursework throughout their School of Medicine enrollment and finalize their experience with a Senior Scholars Project. The CTRP program offers the opportunity for an additional year to complete a master's degree in clinical investigation through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

For more information on program requirements, click here.

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) is an elective, four-year program that trains and supports medical students to be future leaders in global health.  The GHP selects medical students through an application process at the start of their medical school training and provides them with longitudinal curriculum and opportunities to gain experience in clinical, research, public health and cultural experiences with underserved populations in two major categories: those currently living outside of the United States or those that are living inside the United States with recent international origins, such as immigrant or refugee populations.

For more information on program requirements, click here.

Rural Health Scholars Pathway

The goal of this pathway is to foster students' interest in and desire to learn about issues related to practicing in rural and small town communities as well as to help them develop contacts with rural health clinicians and leaders while learning skills useful to rural and small town practice.

To learn more about this pathway, click here

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