Message from the Associate Dean

Photo: Deborah DeMarco, MD; Associate Dean, GMEMany describe their resident years as the highlight of their professional careers. 

Despite its challenges, residency allows a new doctor to not only provide advanced medical care, but also to act as both teacher and learner in a broad array of clinical and conference settings.

In the Office of Graduate Medical Education (OGME) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), we advocate for you – our residents and fellows – providing the foundation necessary to maximize your career potential and fulfill your personal and professional goals in a supportive environment. We also challenge ourselves to meet your expectations for high quality learning experiences by ensuring a proper balance of education and patient care.

Although grounded in primary care education, UMMS offers well-balanced residency programs in all specialties. Here, you will complete the requirements for specialty board certification, develop professionally for careers in a changing health care delivery environment and provide progressively responsible clinical care under expert faculty supervision. Abundant basic science and clinical research opportunities are also available.

UMMS has attained a distinguished record in its relatively short history: the Medical School is ranked fourth nationally in primary care among 125 fully accredited medical schools and 19 schools of osteopathic medicine by U.S.News & World Report ("America's Best Graduate Schools," 2007); the research enterprise attracts over $174 million in funding; and our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, is the region’s center for tertiary and quaternary care, providing a network of community health centers and primary care practices.

I invite you to learn more about UMMS and our residency programs as well as contacting us by phone or via the Web at Completing your residency is a challenging and rewarding experience. Let us share this time with you.

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Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, F.A.C.P.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education