Research and Teaching
As the major teaching hospital of UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center is committed to advancing medical research and training of the next generation of health care providers. UMass Memorial and the Medical School are partners and leaders in quality, safe patient care, education, innovative research and community service in the Central New England region.
Patients and families trust UMass Memorial Medical Center as the region’s leading academic medical center, committed to improving the health of our communities in Central New England. Together with UMass Medical School, we are dedicated to excellence in primary and specialty care, community service, teaching and research. The Medical Center offers advanced technology and support services for patients and families, providing the region with specialists renowned for their expertise in caring for adults and children.
UMass Medical School, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion. We share a mission of advancing the health and well-being of the people of the Commonwealth and the world through pioneering advances in education, research and health care delivery.
Quality, Safe Patient Care
The clinical care services and academic programs of UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School help people across the Central New England region lead healthier lives. The physicians and other health care professionals who treat patients at UMass Memorial also conduct research and teach future physicians at the Medical School – some 600 residents and fellows in 53 accredited programs from anesthesiology to vascular surgery. They are blazing a path toward more effective and efficient health care, with a compassionate touch. For example, the UMass Memorial Cancer, Diabetes, Heart and Vascular, and Musculoskeletal Centers of Excellence deliver seamless programs of quality, safe, patient-focused care across the health care system. The centers offer an experienced team approach to specialized treatment, advanced therapies and breakthrough clinical trials.
Innovative Research and Clinical Trials
As an academic medical center and the major teaching hospital of UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial is involved in cutting-edge research and clinical trials to help improve medical innovations of our future.
In 2010, UMass Medical School was awarded a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health to create an academic home for clinical and translational science (bench to bedside) across all five UMass campuses and in partnership with UMass Memorial. The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science places UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial among an elite consortium of 60 nationally prominent academic medical centers working to speed transfer of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, to engage communities in clinical research, and to train a new generation of researchers.
UMass Medical School is one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the United States. Federal and private research grants and contracts at the Medical School rose from about $2 million in 1977 to more than $240 million in FY 2013.
UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School provide academic opportunity and scholarship through high-quality, affordable educational programs for future physicians, advanced practice nurses, researchers and educators who will become our leaders in health care delivery and breakthrough scientific discovery. While our renowned UMass Memorial physician-faculty members train students in all medical specialties, as the Commonwealth’s only public academic health sciences center, UMass Medical School has a particular mission to educate primary care physicians and is ranked consistently in the top 10 percent of the nation’s medical schools in primary care education by U.S. News and World Report.
UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School physicians, staff and students commit countless hours to public service efforts across the Commonwealth and work together to make our region an even healthier place to live. The Medical School’s community programs in education and health harness the skills and expertise of the institution to address pressing local needs, such as yearly free flu vaccination clinics for elderly and other vulnerable populations. The UMass Memorial community benefits mission focuses on a broad definition of health including physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Addressing root causes of disease is essential to improving the health of our communities and our hospitals provide programming focused on these principles.