PURCH Track Policies
Opting Into the PURCH Track:
~ An applicant may choose to apply to the PURCH Track after submitting an application to the School of Medicine (SOM). The applicant must contact the SOM Office of Admissions and update their PURCH secondary application to reflect their interest in applying to PURCH. The applicant must submit secondary application materials required by the PURCH admissions process.
~ PURCH is a Track within the SOM. Hence, there is only one offer of acceptance into the SOM. As PURCH is a SOM Track, applicants to PURCH have two interview days: one at Baystate Medical Center with the PURCH faculty and the other at the main campus of the SOM. An applicant accepted to the PURCH Track will matriculate in that tract unless a request to opt out is granted (see below).
~ An accepted applicant who did not apply to the PURCH program and has matriculated into the SOM as an MD or MD/PhD student may apply to join the PURCH Track. The reasons for the request must be made in writing. Part of the decision process depends on the capacity of the PURCH program to accept more students. These requests must be approved by both the student’s mentor and the appropriate Evaluation Board, the Basic Science Academic Evaluation Board (BSAEB) or the Clinical Science Academic Evaluation Board (CSAEB), as appropriate.
Opting Out of PURCH Track:
Applicants may opt out of the PURCH Track through one of the following procedures and situations:
~ An applicant who has not yet been accepted into the SOM may elect to opt out of the PURCH Track after the interview/visit to UMMS and Baystate and still be considered a candidate for SOM admission. The applicant must contact the SOM Admission Office to request this change in application status within 10 days of their PURCH Track interview. The applicant must state the reasons for the request in writing.
~ An applicant who has already been accepted to the PURCH Track may later request to opt out of PURCH prior to matriculation and still remain in the SOM. The applicant must make this request to the SOM Admissions Office. The applicant must state the reasons for the request in writing. Decisions to grant such a request are made after discussions with the SOM-Baystate Admissions Subcommittee.
~ A student who has matriculated as a PURCH Track student may request to opt out of the PURCH Track and remain a student in the SOM. The reasons for the request must be made in writing. The student’s mentor and appropriate Evaluation Board will determine if the request will be granted.
Any questions regarding the policies around opting in or out of the PURCH Track should be directed to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 508 856 2323.