Cape Cod Healthcare announces academic affiliation with UMASS Medical School

Affiliation will likely lead to on-Cape recruiting

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) this week announced a new academic affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). According to a CCH release, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis will become a teaching affiliate of UMMS. Under the affiliation, medical students from the Worcester medical school will complete clinical rotations at the Hyannis hospital.

"We are extremely pleased to become a teaching hospital affiliated with one of the nation's most prestigious medical schools," said CCHC President & CEO Michael K Lauf. UMASS Medical School is the commonwealth's only public medical school. In March, US News & World Report ranked UMMS 12th in primary care education out of 130 medical schools and 26 osteopathic medicine schools. According to US News & World Report, UMMS has been near the top of its category since the magazine started ranking in 1994.

More than half of the school's graduating students enter primary care residencies, according to the release. Additionally, 60% of graduates start their careers in the commonwealth.

"This partnership gives our students access to a first-rate clinical site and a team of caring and committed medical educators, and also extends our medical school's footprint to a region where we enjoy so many connections," said UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD. 

Lauf said Cape Cod Healthcare hopes the affiliation will encourage medical school students to bring their clinical skills to Cape Cod permanently. "Education is a key element of our strategic plan, and we are focused on the training and recruitment of physicians going forward."

The first UMMS students are expected to arrive at Cape Cod Hospital in January for surgical and obstetrics and gynecology rotations, according to the release.

The affiliation according to Lauf, "gives our patients and the people of Cape Cod assurances that their community healthcare system is continually acquiring the latest and best medical expertise."


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