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UMMS, Cape Cod Healthcare announce academic partnership

May 26, 2015

UMass Medical School, Cape Cod Healthcare announce academic partnership


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UMass Medical School begins new academic affiliation with Cape Cod Healthcare’s Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

UMass Medical School is expanding opportunities for its medical students by creating a new academic affiliation with Cape Cod Healthcare’s Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced.

Under the agreement, students will begin completing clinical rotations at the Hyannis site in January.

“It is a privilege to affiliate with Cape Cod Hospital and, by so doing, to extend our footprint to a region where we enjoy so many connections,” Chancellor Collins said.

Education is a key component of the hospital’s strategic plan, according to Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael K. Lauf. In addition to the training and recruitment of physicians, the affiliation with UMass Medical School will also assure patients of Cape Cod Hospital and people in the region that the medical facility continues to acquire the latest and best medical expertise, he said. 

“With this new UMass Medical School affiliation, we are starting to achieve this element of our plan,” Lauf said.

“This partnership, which was made possible by Mr. Lauf’s visionary leadership, gives our students access to a first-rate clinical facility and a team of caring and committed medical educators,” Collins said.

Cape Cod Hospital is the twenty-third facility with which the medical school has academic affiliations, including UMass Memorial Medical Center and other major partners. The partnerships provide medical students greater opportunities in rural and urban medical settings during their clinical rotations, a time when medical students assist residents in a particular specialty, such as surgery.

“Partnering with regional health organizations that provide primary, specialty and emergency care for many local communities in Massachusetts is an important component of our academic strategy,” Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, said. “UMass Medical School students will receive hands-on training second to none at Cape Cod Hospital, which will enhance the professional development of our students.”