Undergraduate Medical Education

The Department of Medicine manages the pathophysiology component of Biology of Disease (BOD), a significant course in the 2nd year. In the clinical years, DoM manages the the 12-week Clerkship in Medicine, the 4-week Sub-Internship in Medicine, and a broad array of highly popular 4th-year electives in Medicine subspecialties and Primary Care/General Medicine.  Students and faculty have strong support and valuable resources in the Undergraduate Education Coordinator and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education.

Faculty teach and provide leadership and educational expertise in a number of other UMMS educational venues, including several interdepartmental undergraduate medical education programs such as the Physician, Patient, and Society Course (PPS) which spans the first two years of the curriculum.  Faculty also coordinate the Longitudinal Preceptor Program; Physical Diagnosis-1 and Physical Diagnosis-2; manage and teach  the Mycology and Parasitology, and Infectious Diseases sections of the 2nd year Microbiology Course. Faculty direct and teach in the “Caring for the Seriously Ill” course, an elective for 1st and 2nd year students.

DoM faculty are involved in the teaching of courses sponsored by other departments, including presenting clinical vignettes and leading discussions for courses such as Medical Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and serve as small group facilitators for the third year Interclerkship programs.

Educational Leadership

Medicine’s commitment to Medical School programs is reflected in committee membership and leadership:  Admissions Committee; Educational Policy Committee; Faculty Council; Personnel Action Committee; Tenure Committee; Affirmative Action Committee; Committee on Committees; Faculty Grievance Committee; Library Committee; Patent Policy Committee; Student Affairs Committee; Scientific Council; Women’s Faculty Committee; and Graduate Council. One faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology is Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Department of Medicine faculty are members of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. 

Our faculty serve in a variety of educational leadership roles within the University of Massachusetts Medical School and in regional and national programs:

  • the Basic Science Academic Evaluation Board 
  • the Clinical Years Committee 
  • the End of Third Year Assessment OSCE program 
  • the School Educational Policy Committee 
  • the Clinical Science Academic Evaluation Board 
  • the Steering Committee for the Biology of Disease course in the second year curriculum 
  • the Community Faculty Development Program; this program has regional and national impact on improving medical student and resident education 
  • DoM Education Research Group, which attracts substantial outside funding  
  • faculty development 
  • development of new educational initiatives 
  • The Internal Medicine Interest Group for 1st - 4th year students. 

Our faculty also advise and counsel many members of the 4th year class in career decision-making and through the process of preparing the department chair’s letter for students applying to residency programs in internal medicine.

Program Development

Recently, DoM revised and intensified the Ward Teaching Attending (WTA) program. WTA’s teach residents and students on the inpatient clinical services for 10 hours weekly for 4-week blocks, a commitment that has increased the quality and intensity of the educational, mentoring and assessment/feedback content of the third year core clerkship and subinternship.


Numerous UMMS medical education awards are garnered annually by DoM faculty members, in recent years to include:  Outstanding Clinical Medical Educators, Outstanding Basic Science Medical Educator; the Lamar Soutter Award; the Women’s Faculty Award; the Community Faculty Educator Award; and the Emeritus Award for Excellence in Medical Education.  

The DoM provided incentive awards for Medical Education effort and excellence to several faculty members.  

Departmental awards included the Sarah L. Stone Award to one young faculty member and one resident, and its Educational Achievement Award to three faculty members. 

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