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Resident and Fellow Appointment Requirements

All Baystate Medical Center training programs comply with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) institutional and program requirements for resident eligibility and selection. A sample Resident & Fellow contract is available for your review in the Resident & Fellow Employment Requirements and Sample Contract online brochure.

Pre-Employment Verifications and Examinations

After you match or are accepted into a residency or fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, the offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory findings from all pre-employment verifications and examinations, which include:

  • Criminal background file review
  • Driving record evaluation
  • Medical license verification and credentialing review (if you have held a medical license previously)
  • Pre-employment examinations
  • Physical examination
  • Confirmation or administration of required immunizations
  • Urine drug test: If your drug test is positive for the presence of drugs, your employment offer will be immediately rescinded and you will not be eligible to apply for employment with any Baystate Health corporation for twelve (12) months.

Massachusetts Licensure

Resident and fellow training at Baystate Medical Center requires either a Full or Limited License from the Board of Registration in Medicine of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Baystate Medical Center pays for the Limited License. As part of your application for a Limited License, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine asks you to answer the questions found in the online brochure. If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions the Board of Registration in Medicine will require, as part of the application, that you provide supplemental information, which in some cases includes information from a third party such as your medical school or the program director of a previous training program. Effective January 2, 2014, physicians applying for an initial limited license are required to pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, CK and CS, or the first two levels of COMLEX or complete all parts of MCCQE. You may review the Limited License application and associated information at the Board of Registration in Medicine website under the category “Physician Information.”


Baystate Medical Center requires all residents and fellows to have specific certifications that are current at the start of training. If you do not have already have the required certifications, Baystate Medical Center provides these courses for you without charge just prior to orientation. Additional certification courses may be required and provided during training without charge. The following initial certification training is required and provided:

  • Anesthesia residency and fellowships: ACLS
  • Emergency Medicine residency and fellowships: ACLS, PALS, ATLS
  • Medicine residency and fellowships: ACLS
  • Medicine-Pediatrics residency: ACLS, PALS, NRP
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology residency: ACLS, NRP
  • Pathology residency and fellowships: BLS
  • Pediatrics residency: ACLS, PALS, NRP
  •  Pediatric fellowships: ACLS, PALS
  • Psychiatry residency: ACLS
  • Radiology residency: ACLS
  • Surgery residency: ACLS, PALS, ATLS
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship: ACLS

ACLS=Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
ATLS = Advanced Trauma Life Support
BLS=Basic Life Support
NRP=Neonatal Resuscitation Program
PALS=Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Visas for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals must enter the United States on an appropriate visa and maintain appropriate visa status throughout their training. Residents and fellows are sponsored on J-1 visas through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Baystate Medical Center does sponsor a few select candidates for H-1B visas.

Fellows and USMLE Step 3/COMLEX-USA Level 3 Exam

All fellows must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 3 examination (for fellows with an MD degree) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination–USA (COMLEX–USA) Level 3 examination (for fellows with a DO degree) prior to entering fellowship training at Baystate Medical Center.

Adherence to Baystate Policies

You must follow all Baystate Health, Baystate Medical Center, Division of Academic Affairs, and your Department and training program policies. The institutional policies for appointment to a residency or fellowship include: