SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield is already home to a university, two four-year colleges, a law school, a technical community college, and a satellite campus of the University of Massachusetts. Now, it will also be home to a medical school campus.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Amherst, and Baystate Health announced a partnership to create the new campus, which will be located at 3601 Main Street, not far from Baystate Medical Center. It will be the first regional campus of Worcester-based UMass Medical School to be located in western Massachusetts.
The first academic year for the campus, which will be known as the University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate will begin in the summer. An estimated 25 students will begin classes there; at least one third of them committed to practicing medicine in the area.
“We’re trying to recruit physicians that have a specific interest in being in western Massachusetts as part of a program with the idea, they’re going to practice primary care in the Springfield area, western Massachusetts area,” Dr. Richard Hicks of Baystate Medical Center said.
Fourth-year medical student Michelle Seinvil of Springfield told 22News that she’s excited about what the new Springfield medical school will mean to the people she grew up with.
“Growing up in this area I’ve observed the shortage, there not being enough primary care doctors to cater to the population in the town that I grew up in,” Seinvil said.
The job now is to finish the renovations to get Springfield’s medical school up and running next August.