UMass Chan, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center sign agreement to form regional medical campus

As the year draws to a close, the Office of Communications recaps some of the biggest and most-read stories published in 2022, with topics such as UMass Chan’s research led by the FDA on recommendations for rapid tests for COVID-19, plans for regional medical campus with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington and The Boston Globe‘s Top Places to Work list, which includes UMass Chan for the first time. Look for these stories at UMass Chan News between December 21 and December 30. This story was originally published on December 7.

The first UMass Chan-Lahei students are expected to graduate in the summer of 2024. Each year, UMass Chan anticipates accepting approximately 25 students to be enrolled at UMass Chan-Lahei.

UMass Chan School of Medicine and Lahei Hospital and Medical Center announced today that they have signed a master affiliation agreement to establish a regional medical campus to be known as UMass Chan-Lahei. Based at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, the new campus will enable partnerships to advance medical education and better meet the workforce needs of the Commonwealth by educating physicians to meet the needs of diverse communities. The signed agreement follows the announcement in August of a non-binding research agreement to establish the campus

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With the affiliation agreement signed, the next step involves review and approval of plans to establish UMass Chan-Lahei by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Pending the LCME’s decision, which is expected around March 2023, UMass Chan-Lahei’s first students are expected to graduate in the summer of 2024 and each year UMass Chan will accept approximately 25 students who will be enrolled at UMass Chan- Lahey. These medical students would follow the core curriculum of the TH Chan School of Medicine at UMass Chan Worcester, with all of their clinical experiences at Lahey. UMass Chan-Lahei medical students will also have a special focus on leadership, health systems science and interprofessional education.

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“The UMass Chan-Lahei Regional Medical Campus will build on the success of our first regional campus at Baystate Health in Springfield,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor, Executive Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine TH Chan. “UMass Chan-Baistate was established in 2015 and is home to the School of Medicine’s Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track.”

Over time, the collaboration is expected to enable Lahey faculty to become valued members of the UMass Chan faculty.

“This partnership brings together two organizations with a shared mission to care for our communities,” said Anne C. Larkin, MD, associate professor of surgery and provost and senior associate dean for academic affairs. “Beginning in the new year, we will engage the UMass Chan and Lahei communities in developing our innovative curriculum around leadership, health system science and interprofessional education as we build this new regional medical school campus.” We look forward to sharing more information about next steps in the coming months.”

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UMass Chan and Lahei are also seeking to form new research collaborations, jointly creating a new Institute for Health Care Delivery and Applied Science and a Quantitative Research Center, to advance innovation in digital medicine, population health and health care delivery.

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