SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., April 8, 2009 — The first University of Massachusetts Medical School students, being supervised in psychiatry, are arriving at Harrington Hospital this week, following the recent signing of an affiliation agreement which designates Harrington as a teaching hospital for UMMS and its medical students.
Medical students will receive supervision from Harrington-based physicians and staff. The new agreement initially calls for six-week rotations with Harrington physicians who hold faculty positions at UMMS. Students will get experience with inpatient and outpatient cases.
“We are very pleased to have been chosen by the University of Massachusetts Medical School
as a training site for their medical students,” said Edward Moore, president and chief executive officer of Harrington Hospital. “UMass students will receive hands-on medical training second to none at Harrington. The benefit to our area will be on-site educational programs that will enhance the professional fulfillment for our physicians and other allied health care workers, which ultimately supports state-of-the-art care.”
“An important component of our academic strategy and medical school class expansion entails partnering with community hospitals, which provide primary care for many local communities in Central Massachusetts, and exemplify the importance of quality community health care,” said Terry Flotte, MD, dean of the school of medicine.
UMMS medical students participate in clinical training experiences in the clerkship years that comprise the third and fourth years of medical school. The clerkships experiences constitute a critical transition in students educational experience, from the classroom to the clinical setting. During these “clinical years,” students fully enter the hospital wards, ambulatory clinics and physician offices and serve as members of the health care teams providing direct care to patients and their families. Under faculty guidance and supervision, clinical year students actively apply the principles of clinical medicine to patient care, such as histories and physical exams, and acquire essential technical skills, and further develop personal and professional values that will enable them to serve as caring, competent and compassionate physicians
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system and one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country. It encompasses the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative called Commonwealth Medicine. The mission of UMass Medical School is to serve the people of the Commonwealth through national distinction in health sciences education, research and public service.