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Why UMass Chan

Founded in 1962 as the Commonwealth's first and only public medical school, UMass Chan is one of the fastest growing research institutions in the United States.

The UMass Chan vision to create broad and meaningful social impact has led the institution to be consistently ranked in the top 10 US Medical Schools in Primary Care and 3rd in New England for NIH funding in FY21.

UMass Chan has a culture of communication and collaboration. We pride ourselves on our extensive interdisciplinary research initiatives and resource sharing. With three graduate schools, over 50 departments and centers, and 47 research cores, the opportunities at UMass Chan are endless. Among the world-class faculty available to learn from and collaborate with we have a Nobel Laureate, a Lasker Award recipient, seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, two members of the National Academy of Medicine, and seven faculty Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators.

UMass Chan Office of Faculty Affairs provides guidance and resources to faculty at every stage in their career, from onboarding to development to promotion to retirement. Additionally, new hires are integrated into the diverse and collaborative community of UMass Chan through our iCAP [link to iCAP description under section on recruitment] program, launched Fall of 2021. 

In 2020, UMass Chan launched IMPACT 2025, a roadmap for future growth, development, investment, and change. Our approach centers around the pillars of Education, Basic Science and Translational Research, Diversity and Equity, Community and Global Impact, and Operational Excellence and Financial Stewardship

Ongoing philanthropic contributions recognize our excellence and support our institutional mission. The $175M gift from The Morningside Foundation in 2021 is being dedicated to recruiting renowned and innovative faculty, supporting breakthrough biomedical research, offering financial support for diverse highly qualified students, and expanding the institution’s public service mission.

In addition to the wonderful resources available within the UMass Chan Institution, faculty and researchers at UMass Chan are also encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunities offered through UMass Chan’s many institutional partners, including MassBiologics and ForHealth Consulting.

   MassBiologics is the only non-profit FDA-licensed manufacturer of vaccines and 
   biologics in the US. MassBiologics offers research opportunities for UMass Chan
   faculty and students alike to develop products for the benefit of patients in the
   Commonwealth and beyond.

ForHealth Consulting is focused on assisting Medicaid and like human service agencies accomplish their missions. This professional organization offers opportunities to UMass Chan faculty and students to provide comprehensive, innovative health care and policy solutions.

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Living in Worcester

The Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester is the #1 mid-sized city for healthcare access and the 3rd safest place to live in the US. Our award-winning brewery, new shops, eateries, and living spaces form a bustling city center which was bolstered by the recent $500M downtown development project. With a regional airport as well as several interstate highways, Worcester provides easy access to all the northeast has to offer.

Worcester is among the top 30 most ethnically diverse midsized cities in the US, which has led to a rich tapestry of small businesses offering cultural opportunities from food to festivals. Worcester is also home to beautiful waterfront and over 50 city parks. In warmer months there are outdoor concerts, farmers markets, minor league baseball games, and an array of food trucks throughout the city. In winter residents make use of the charming outdoor skating rink at the Worcester Common Oval.

Massachusetts is ranked 2nd the US for schooling and Worcester boasts a bevy of higher education institutions including Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption College, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Several of the highest ranked school districts in Massachusetts are located within 30 minutes of the UMass Chan campus. In addition to multiple private school options, the Worcester Public School system is well-regarded. Known for its diversity, Worcester Public Schools learners speak 74 languages and as such all materials are provided in the 8 most commonly spoken languages: English, Albanian, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Twi/Akan kasa, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

Learning doesn’t stop at graduation, and Worcester boasts more than 70 world-class cultural venues. Residents and visitors alike can find enriching activities at the Worcester Historical Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Center for Crafts, and the EcoTarium, a museum that celebrates science and nature. Worcester hosts musicals, concerts, and performance of all kinds at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, the DCU Center, and Mechanics Hall. Worcester also boasts its own opera company, Greater Worcester Opera.

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