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Frequently Asked Questions


About the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Do the critical care fellows gain exposure to typical procedures performed in the ICU?


Are the critical care fellows exposed to all types of critically ill patients?


Is there training in the use of focused ultrasound in the ICU?


Is there opportunity to present scholarly activity at national meetings?


About Residencies or Fellowships

How many residency and fellowship programs does Baystate Medical Center have?


Are residents involved in teaching medical students?


Do residents have a voice in decision-making?


Are there opportunities to meet residents and fellows from other departments?


What library resources are available?


Where do we eat at the hospital?


Where do we park?


About Baystate Medical Center

Where is Baystate Medical Center?


How does Baystate promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace?


Will Baystate help my significant other find employment?


Is Baystate a "green" workplace?


Does Baystate provide child care?


About Springfield and the Surrounding Community

What's it like to live there?


Where should I live?


About the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Do the critical care fellows gain exposure to typical procedures performed in the ICU?

As part of the clinical training all critical care fellows learn to perform procedures required to care for the critically ill.  This includes, but is not limited to, central line insertion, arterial line insertion, bronchoscopy, chest tube placement, endotracheal intubation, thoracentesis, paracentesis and PA catheter placement.

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Are the critical care fellows exposed to all types of critically ill patients?

The clinical experience involves caring for surgical, medical, cardiac and neurological ICU patients.

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Is there training in the use of focused ultrasound in the ICU?

A dedicated ultrasound machine resides in the ICU and is available at all times.  The fellows will become adept at using it for procedures (line placement, thoracentesis, paracentesis, etc.) as well as having training in cardiac, thoracic, vascular and abdominal evaluations. 

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Is there opportunity to present scholarly activity at national meetings?

The critical care fellow is expected to participate in scholarly activity, including but not limited to research projects, case presentations, review papers and creating simulation scenarios.  The critical care fellows are encouraged to present their work at both regional and national meetings, including Chest, SCCM and ATS.

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About Residencies or Fellowships

How many residency and fellowship programs does Baystate Medical Center have?

Baystate Medical Center has 10 ACGME-accredited residency programs and 22 fellowship programs with approximately 360 residents and fellows.

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Are residents involved in teaching medical students?

Yes. According to Baystate Medical Center policy, the position description of both residents and fellows includes:

  • participation in the educational activities of the training program
  • as appropriate, assumption of responsibility for teaching and supervising other residents and
    students
  • participation in institutional orientation and education programs and other activities involving the clinical staff.


Since Baystate Medical Center is the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, each resident is granted a Clinical Instructor faculty appointment. Baystate values teaching and the faculty and residents take their jobs as educators seriously.

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Do residents have a voice in decision-making?

Each department has an education committee on which appointed residents sit. In addition, Baystate Medical Center's Graduate Medical Education Committee has resident representatives from each program.

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Are there opportunities to meet residents and fellows from other departments?

Baystate has a number of interdepartmental educational activities designed for, or open to, residents and fellows, such as:

  • REACH (Residents Educated in Alternative Cultures and Health), whose programs are open to all with an interest in international health
  • WAAM (Women Advancing and Achieving in Medicine), an organization of women physicians and mid-level providers
  • Grand Rounds
  • Literature and Medicine, an award-winning, hospital-based, reading and discussion program for health care professionals
  • Schwartz Center Rounds, an open forum for caregivers to discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients

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What library resources are available?

Baystate Medical Center’s Health Sciences Library is the largest medical reference library in the region. 


Located in the Chestnut Building on the main campus of Baystate Medical Center, the library offers quality information resources and knowledge services to advance patient care, research, education, community outreach and to support the administrative aspects of health care. 


The library offers efficient access to thousands of digital and print knowledge resources, major databases and clinical information, and supports their effective use through formal instruction and consultations. Library professionals help provide accurate and timely evidence based information at the point-of-care or at other convenient locations - and we offer remote access to our electronic resources.


Service hours are Monday – Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Ext. 4-1865

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Where do we eat at the hospital?

As housestaff, meals at the cafeteria are subsidized by the hospital.  Every 3 months, residents receive meal money on their IDs that can be used. 


Baystate Medical Center has a very extensive selection of food in its cafeteria. Pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, traditional grill offerings, sushi, baked goods, hot breakfasts, a salad bar are available every day. Fruit, yogurt, cereal, chips are also sold. Kosher, gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. 


Atwaters Cafe, located off the main lobby of the hospital, is open in the evenings and on weekends. In addition, there are several Baystate-run cafes located on the main hospital campus and outpatient campus which residents in which residents and fellows may also use their meal money.


There are also vending machines, some of which offer hot meals, located in the cafeteria. 

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Where do we park?

Baystate Medical Center provides free, on-campus parking for residents and fellows in their own specially-designated lot that is on hospital grounds and does not require a shuttle.

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About Baystate Medical Center

Where is Baystate Medical Center?

Springfield is located in the historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts on the magnificent Connecticut River. Founded in 1636, it is one of the oldest settlements in America and the third largest city in Massachusetts. With a population of ~600,000, the Springfield metro area boasts the amenities of larger cities, but with a more relaxed, small-town feeling.


Located at the intersection of Interstates 91 and 90 (Mass Pike), Springfield is only 90 minutes from Boston and 3 hours to New York City. We're also close to some of the best skiing on the East coast and are just a short trip to many scenic beaches.

 

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How does Baystate promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace?

Baystate Health is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence where all employees are appreciated, fully engaged and supported to work to their full potential.


For the third consecutive year, Baystate has been recognized as a "Leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Healthcare Equality" in the 2013 Healthcare Equality Index Report, receiving a perfect rating for its inclusive policies and treatment of the LGBT community. For years Baystate has been allowing coverage for benefits that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibited.


In 2011, Baystate was named a leader in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), one of just six health networks in the country singled out for the honor.


Baystate Health has established a Diversity Council whose members represent a cross-section of the organization, and an Office of Diversity and Inclusion which is involved in finding better ways to recruit, retain and promote an inclusive workforce.


Examples of Baystate's diversity-related initiatives include:

  • a program for leaders designed to explore personal attitudes toward differences and help managers learn how to support an inclusive environment
  • the first regional conference on transgender health, hosted by Baystate's Office of Continuing Education, Office of Diversity, and Women Advancing and Achieving in Medicine
  • CultureVision is a comprehensive, user-friendly database that gives employees access to culturally competent patient care.
  • creation of a new international heath travel grant program by REACH (Residents Educated in Alternative Cultures and Health)

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Will Baystate help my significant other find employment?

Our Relocation Information page provides links to helpful job-seeking resources in the area. In addition, Baystate's Human Resources Department maintains a career opportunities site where current job openings can be browsed and applications submitted online.

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Is Baystate a "green" workplace?

To promote healthier communities both locally and globally, Baystate has pledged to implement and maintain operations and processes that protect our environment and support good health. It has a Green Team made up of employees from both clinical and non-clinical areas, including Environmental Services, Purchasing, Engineering, Food & Nutrition Services, Surgery, Baystate Children's Hospital, Marketing & Communications, and more. Initiatives include:

  • Using locally grown produce in Baystate Health cafeterias
  • Completing energy efficiency upgrades in hospital offices and corridors that will lower electric energy use by 20 million combined kilowatt hours over the next fifteen years, lowering operating costs, improving air quality, and reducing air pollution and gas emissions
  • Recycling paper, cardboard, metals and batteries

Baystate Medical Center’s 2012 hospital expansion embraces the principles of efficiency, sustainability and patient comfort, following the Green Guide for Health Care, the health care industry’s first quantifiable, sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of health care facilities. The Emergency Trauma Center and Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center features:

  • Green vegetated roof that will reduce water run-off and cool building, adding insulation and reducing heat to roof
  • Interior skylights to bring daylight to interior spaces, reducing energy requirements.
  • Electricity also will be conserved through the use of energy-efficient lights. Light sensors will allow use of daylight whenever possible and lower lighting levels at night. 
  • Exterior lighting will be controlled to reduce lighting in the neighborhood.
  • Landscaping will emphasize native plant types and green maintenance techniques. A
    rainwater collection system and water efficient landscaping will be used for irrigation.

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Does Baystate provide child care?

There is no child care onsite, but LifeCare® offers all Baystate Health employees assistance with their search for high quality childcare. Services include:

  • Information and referral services to: early childhood programs, child care centers, family child care homes, nursery schools, Head Start, school age programs, and summer camps
  • Referrals for families with disabled or special needs children
  • Checklist for choosing and comparing child care settings
  • Information about a caregiver for your child in your home
  • Telephone consultation with a child care specialist
  • Child care financial support/assistance information.

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About Springfield and the Surrounding Community

What's it like to live there?

Considered the "crossroads of New England," Western Massachusetts offers convenient access to a wide variety of outstanding features that make for a rich quality of life for Baystate Health staff. 


Western Massachusetts is known for its distinguished arts community, historical sites and first-class recreational features.  Among its offerings are:

  • Some of the best skiing on the East coast in Vermont, New Hampshire and the Berkshires.
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Fly fishing on some of the area's fine rivers and in the Quabbin Reservoir.
  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
  • Emily Dickinson Homestead, Amherst
  • Whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing and other water sports.
  • Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Pops
  • Six Flags New England Theme Park
  • Hiking and mountain climbing in the Berkshires and White Mountains.
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville, Pittsfield
  • Bright Nights - New England's largest holiday lighting display


Our region also has a proud education tradition and is home to the Five Colleges consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. (See the Living in the Pioneer Valley for information about arts and culture, outdoor recreation, weather and more.)


Springfield lies at the intersection of two major Interstate routes: the north-south I-91 and the east-west I-90 (Mass Pike), giving it convenient access to recreational and cultural opportunities in:

  • Boston (1 1/2 hours)
  • Hartford (1/2 hour)
  • New York City ( 2 1/2 hours)
  • New Haven (1 hour)

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Where should I live?

Traffic jams are virtually unheard of, so you can choose to live downtown, in a suburban community, or out in the country – even in nearby Northampton or Amherst - and still be within a 15-20 minute easy commute to the medical center. There are many attractive options whether you rent or purchase. From turn of the century farmhouses to historic brick townhouses and gracious suburban homes, housing choices are both abundant, diverse and affordable. The distinctive mix of urban and rural areas and easily accessible cultural and recreational activities makes the Pioneer Valley a uniquely pleasant place to live and work.


Many residents live in the five college community of Northampton, Amherst, Hadley and South Hadley or in nearby communities such as Easthampton, Longmeadow or the Hartford area of Connecticut. Others live in historic areas of Springfield, particularly in the Downtown or Forest Park areas. For residents with families, there are several suburbs with excellent school systems.


For helpful information about moving to our community, visit the Relocation Information page.

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