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2014 NRMP Match: Baystate Has 98% Match Rate for Categorical Positions
April 01, 2014: Baystate Medical Center's 10 residency programs had an overall match rate of 98% for categorical positions (86 of 88), and 96% for all positions (86 of 90). In addition, 24 fellows will be starting in 15 fellowships. In total, 117 trainees will begin their programs on July 1, 2014.
Internal Medicine Residents Win Top Innovation Award at SGIM Regional Meeting
April 01, 2014: PGY3 residents Auras Atreya MD and Behdad Besharatian MD won the top award in the Innovation Presentation category at the 2014 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Regional Conference at Harvard Medical School. Their poster is titled “Android Application Based Educational Tool to Improve Cost-Conscious Care Among Internal Medicine Residents."
Residents Gauri Luthra MD and Tara Abraham MD Present Posters at CREOG/APGO Meeting
April 01, 2014: Drs. Tara Abraham, PGY3 resident, and Gauri Luthra, PGY4 resident, each presented posters at the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics-Gynecology/Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics annual meeting in Atlanta GA in February 2014.
Clinical Ethicist on Making the Hard Choices
March 01, 2014: Growing up, Peter DePergola often did his homework in a small room off the Baystate ICU where his mom was manager. He remembers seeing the excruciating decisions that were being made involving some very sick people. And he wondered, "How do people figure out what the right thing to do is?"
Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Hosts Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course in Guatemala
March 01, 2014: Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program Director Benjamin Mattingly MD, FAWM, and fellow Gabriel Cade MD, hosted a 2-week Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course (AWLS) in Guatemala in January.
Critical Care Medicine Fellows Present 5 Posters at Critical Care Congress
February 01, 2014: Second-year Critical Care Medicine fellows Ma Theresa Bautista MD and Ramakant Sharma MD presented 5 posters at the Society of Critical Care Medicin
Emergency Medicine Residents Selected for Leadership Fellowship
December 19, 2013: Sundeep Shukla MD, PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident, and Michele Schroeder MD, Emergency Ultrasonography fellow, were accepted into the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship.
Surgery Residency Accredited for 10-Year Term
December 19, 2013: The Baystate Surgery Residency received a 10 year accreditation from ACGME.
Chief Resident Hijab Zubairi MD Awarded First Place for Clinical Research Poster
December 19, 2013: Dr. Hijab Zubairi, Chief Resident in Medicine-Pediatrics, received first place in the Clinical Research category.
New Family Planning Fellowship Matched in First Year of Recruitment
November 01, 2013: The 2-year Family Planning Fellowship had success filling its first year position through the Fellowship in Family Planning matching process. Their first fellow, Antonella Lavelanet, DO, JD will start at Baystate on July 1, 2014.
Internal Medicine Residency Milestone Program for Faculty Facilitated by Dr. Michael Rosenblum
October 01, 2013: Dr. Michael Rosenblum, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, along with faculty from IM residencies at the University of Connecticut and Yale University, facilitated the Northeast Milestone Collaborative's faculty development program in Hartford last month.
Emergency Department Directors Academy Scholarship Awarded to Dr. Sundeep Shukla
October 01, 2013:
Thomas Higgins MD Elected Master of Critical Care Medicine
September 01, 2013: Dr. Thomas Higgins has been elected Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM)— the highest honor bestowed by the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCCM).
TUSM's Aisner Award for Excellence in Teaching Physical Diagnosis Given to Brendan Kelly MD
September 01, 2013: Dr. Brendan Kelly, Associate Program Director of the Medicine-Pediatrics residency, received the 2013 Mark Aisner, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching Physical Diagnosis
Resident Sara Smolinski MD Accepted into Introduction to Academic Radiology Program
September 01, 2013: Dr. Sara Smolinski, second year radiology resident, is among the very few residents selected to attend the Introduction to Academic Radiology (ITAR) Program
National Symposium for Residents Working Abroad in Liberia Hosted by Baystate
August 01, 2013: In July, 35 residents and faculty from all over the U.S. were at Baystate Medical Center for the 2-day National HEARTT Liberia Pre-Departure Symposium.
Psychiatry Residency Graduates Its First Class
July 01, 2013: The Psychiatry Residency, established in 2009, held its first graduation ceremony on June 18, 2013 at the Log Cabin. Graduates from the inaugural class were Yu Dong MD, PhD, Valerie Sharpe MD, Nelson Tauro MD, and Ramanpreet Toor MD.
Internal Medicine Residency Program Establishes the Kevin Hinchey, MD Resident Teaching Award
July 01, 2013: The Internal Medicine Residency program has recognized Dr. Kevin Hinchey, Chief Academic Officer and former Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, by naming a teaching award in his honor.
Baystate Medical Center a Prominent Presence at American Geriatrics Society Meeting
July 01, 2013: At the May 2013 American Geriatrics Society meeting in Dallas, 21 posters were presented by 13 BMC residents, 2 fellows, and 4 faculty members.
James Mueller MD, PhD Wins Teacher of the Year Award
July 01, 2013:
Resident Research Award from the Society for Pediatric Research Given to Hijab Zubairi MD
June 01, 2013: Dr. Hijab Zubairi, PGY3 Medicine-Pediatrics resident, received one of three $1,000 resident research awards from the Society for Pediatric Research.
Kaitlyn Wong, MD Wins New England Surgical Society Award
June 01, 2013: Dr. Kaitlyn Wong, surgery resident, was awarded Second Place in the Basic Science category at the 20th Annual Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day on May 3, 2013.
Gretchen Lussier Certified by Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education
June 01, 2013: Gretchen Lussier, Pathology Residency Program Administrator, passed her Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Programs (TAGME) National Board for Certification examination, with added qualifications in Pathology, in Spring 2013.
Yu Dong, MD, PhD Presents Workshop at American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting
June 01, 2013: Dr. Yu Dong, PGY4 Psychiatry resident, presented a workshop, "Lyme Disease Presents Diagnostic Challenge to Psychiatrists," at the 2013 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting: Medical Conditions Mimicking Psychiatric Disorders Versus Psychiatric Disorders Mimicking Medical Conditions: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges.
Radiology Residents' Work Presented at National Meetings
June 01, 2013: Radiology residents present their research at national meetings of the American Society of Neuroradiology and the Society for Pediatric Radiology in May 2013.
David Page, MD Receives TUSM 2013 Dean's Outstanding Mentor Award
May 01, 2013: Tufts University School of Medicine's senior class (M'13) selected Dr. David Page, Department of Surgery, for its Dean's Outstanding Mentor Award for 2013.
Radiology Residents Dustin Nguyen, DO and Abdullah Shaikh, MD Present at 113th ARRS Annual Meeting
May 01, 2013: Drs. Dustin Nguyen and Abdullah Shaikh, both PGY 4 Radiology residents, were invited to participate in the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society held in Washington, DC in April 2013.
Shin Yin Lee, MD, is One of Ten Winners in ACP's 2013 National Associates Competition
May 01, 2013: Dr. Shin Yin Lee's abstract was selected by the Membership Committee of the American College of Physicians (ACP) as one of ten winners of the 2013 National Associates Competition.
Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Selects Sora Al Rowas MD for Resident Award
May 01, 2013: Dr. Sora Al Rowas, PGY 2 Internal Medicine resident, was selected to receive the Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine's (SCEGM) Resident Award.
American Psychiatric Association Selects Dr. Benjamin Liptzin for 2013 Mentor Award
May 01, 2013: Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, will receive the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) 2013 Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award at the May 2013 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Consumer Reports Ranks Teaching Hospitals on Key Safety Measures
April 16, 2013: Consumer Reports' May 2013 issue ranks 258 U.S. teaching hospitals, including Baystate Medical Center, on five key safety measures.
2013 Match: BMC Has 100% Match Rate for Categorical Positions
April 01, 2013: Baystate Medical Center's 10 residency programs had an overall match rate of 100% for categorical positions (85 of 85), and 94% for all positions (87 of 92).
Graduate Medical Education Administrators Selected to Present at ACGME Coordinator Forum
April 01, 2013: "The World Outside of Your Silo: Building an Engaged, Collaborative Community of Coordinators within an Institution” was presented by Gail Wall, C-TAGME, Program Administrator for the Internal Medicine Residency, and Martha Anderson, Graduate Medical Education Program Analyst.
Tanya Dorman, C-TAGME Elected Region I Alternate Representative for ARCOG
April 01, 2013: Tanya Dorman, Program Administrator for the Obstetrics-Gynecology Residency program, was elected Region I alternate representative for American Residency Coordinators in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ARCOG) in February 2013.
2013 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Education Goes to Steven Fischel, MD
April 01, 2013: Dr. Steven Fischel, Psychiatry Residency Program Director, was selected by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS) for their Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Education.
Geriatric Medicine Fellows Receive Scholarships to Attend Futures Program
March 01, 2013: Both Geriatric Medicine fellows, Wanda Colon-Cartagena, MD and Remya Tharackal Ravindran, MD, have received scholarship support to attend the “Futures” program at the annual March meeting of the American Medical Directors’ Association.
Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Selects Lauren Meade for Council
March 01, 2013: Dr. Lauren Meade, Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, has been selected to serve on Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Council.
Obstetrics-Gynecology Residency Re-accredited for a Maximum 5 Years
March 01, 2013: The Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics-Gynecology has re-accredited the Obstetrics-Gynecology residency program for five years, the highest possible.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine is First in the State to be AIUM Accredited in Fetal Echocardiography
February 01, 2013: As of November 2012, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) gave its first Massachusetts accreditation in Fetal Echocardiography to Baystate Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Surgery Residents Win Top Gun Competition at American College of Surgeons Meeting
February 01, 2013: Surgery residents Connie Rossini (PGY5), Kaitlyn Wong (PGY3), and Matthew Kronick (PGY1) won the Top Gun Competition of surgical skills at the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons's 59th Annual Meeting on December 1, 2012.
Baystate Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society Active in Community Education
February 01, 2013: In the latter half of 2012, Internal Medicine resident members of the Baystate Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have led four well-received teaching sessions for about 130 members of Baystate's Senior Class, a health and wellness program for adults 55 and older.
Radiology Resident Abdullah Shaikh, MD Publishes Gastroenterology Book
February 01, 2013: Dr. Abdullah Shaikh, PG4 Radiology resident, has authored "50 Gastrointestinal Cases and Associated Imaging" which has been published by Tfm Publishing Ltd.
Drs. Katharine White O'Connell and Amber Truehart Receive Award for Research Project Poster
December 01, 2012: Drs. White O'Connell and Truehart's research project, "Bleeding patterns after postpartum LNG-IUS placement: A pilot study", won third place for Best Poster and Abstract at the North American Forum on Family Planning October 27-29, 2012 in Denver, CO.
Internal Medicine Residents Participate in American College of Physicians Chapter Meeting
December 01, 2012: Baystate Internal medicine residents contributed 18 abstracts and 1 oral presentation for the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians in Waltham on November 3, 2012.
Anesthesiology Residents Participate in 2012 Annual American Society of Anesthesiologists Meeting
November 01, 2012: A contingent of anesthesiology residents attended the 2012 Annual American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in October in Washington, DC where they contributed to several poster presentations on medically challenging cases.
Edward O. Reiter Society for Faculty and Alumni Launched to Honor the Former Chair of Pediatrics
November 01, 2012: On October 11, 2012 the Edward O. Reiter Society for Faculty and Alumni was launched by the Department of Pediatrics and Baystate Children’s Hospital in honor of Dr. Reiter’s positive influence on the academic lives of faculty and residents.
Interview with Dr. Andrew Artenstein, New Chair of the Department of Medicine
September 01, 2012: Dr. Artenstein answers questions about what attracted him to Baystate Medical Center, his goals for the Department of Medicine, his past accomplishments, and more.
Kevin O’Callaghan, MD Wins Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
September 01, 2012: Dr. Kevin O'Callaghan, PGY4 Medicine-Pedatrics resident, was honored with the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award at Tufts University School of Medicine's Student Clinician’s Ceremony on May 7, 2012.
Psychiatry Residents Selected for AACAP's Educational Outreach Program
September 01, 2012: Jimena Tuis Elizalde MD and Lesha Shah MD, both PGY3 Psychiatry residents, were selected from a competitive field of applicants to participate in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Educational Outreach Program (EOP) for General Psychiatry Residents.
Andrew Artenstein, MD Named New Chair of Department of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center
August 01, 2012: Dr. Andrew Artenstein will join Baystate Medical Center as Chair of the Department of Medicine on September 4, 2012. Dr. Artenstein is currently the Chair of Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.
Michael Rosenblum, MD Appointed Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency
August 01, 2012: Dr. Michael Rosenblum will assume the responsibilities of Internal Medicine Residency Program Director effective August 6, 2012.
Lesha Shah, MD, Baystate Psychiatry Resident, Awarded APA Fellowship in Public Sector Psychiatry
August 01, 2012: Dr. Lesha Shah, PGY3 Psychiatry resident at Baystate Medical Center, is one of ten psychiatry residents from the US and Canada selected for the American Psychiatric Association Fellowship in Public Sector Psychiatry.
Michael Rosenblum, MD Takes on Society of General Internal Medicine Roles
July 01, 2012: Dr. Michael Rosenblum will be Co-Chair of Innovations in Medical Education for the Society of General Internal Medicine's 2013 national meeting.
Oz Harmanli, MD Elected to Executive Board of Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
July 01, 2012: Dr. Oz Harmanli Chief, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, will serve on the Executive Board of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
Dustin Nguyen, DO Selected Resident Representative to the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee
July 01, 2012: Dr. Dustin Nguyen, PGY 3 Radiology resident, will serve a one-year term as the Resident Representative to the Massachusetts Medical Society
Maura Brennan, MD Appointed to American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Committee
July 01, 2012: Dr. Maura Brennan, Program Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship, has been appointed to the Membership Committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
American Geriatrics Society Meeting: Baystate Medical Center Residents and Faculty Take Active Roles
June 20, 2012: At the May 2012 American Geriatrics Society meeting in Seattle, 17 posters were presented by BMC residents and fellows.
Baystate Emergency Medicine Residents Take Second Place in National SimWar Competition
June 13, 2012: A team of Baystate's Emergency Medicine residents matched up against seven other teams in a national SimWars competition at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 9-12, 2012.
Academic Week Showcases Research and Innovation at Baystate
June 01, 2012: The first Academic Week, held from May 14-18 2012, celebrated research and innovations by faculty, nurses, allied health professionals, and high school students.
Vijay Gadiraju, MD, Wins NEJM Scholar Essay Contest
May 01, 2012:
Dr. Grace Mitchell's AUR Meeting Poster Solicited for Journal Article
May 01, 2012:
Tufts University School of Medicine Bestows Teaching Awards on Baystate Faculty and Housestaff
May 01, 2012: Tufts University School of Medicine Class of 2010 has selected the following Baystate Medical Center faculty and housestaff to be honored with teaching awards.
Basmah Abdalla, MD Selected for SCEGM Resident Award Summit
May 01, 2012: Dr. Basmah Abdalla, PGY2 Internal Medicine resident, was nominated by her Program Director, Dr. Kevin Hinchey, and selected by the leadership of SCEGM to participate in the 9th Annual Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Resident Award Summit.
Two Internal Medicine Residents Win Society of General Internal Medicine Awards
May 01, 2012: Sonali Arora, MD and Payal Jhawar, MD, both PGY2 Internal Medicine residents, won awards at the 2012 Society of General Internal Medicine meeting.
Emergency Medicine Residents Win 2nd Place in National Video Contest
April 01, 2012: Emergency medicine PGY2 residents Sundeep Shukla and John Fialkovich, and Dr. Rakesh Talati, emergency medicine faculty member, placed second in the Emergency Medicine Physicians' Annual Video Contest. 
TUSM Distinguished Faculty Award to Ben Liptzin, Baystate Medical Center
January 01, 2012: Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and international expert in geriatric psychiatry, has been honored with the Tufts University School of Medicine's Distinguished Faculty Award for 2011.
Baystate's Robotic Surgical Simulator (RoSS) Lends a Guiding Hand to Novice Surgeons
July 01, 2011: Baystate Medical Center Simulation Center's newly acquired Robotic Surgical Simulator (RoSS) is a training system that uses virtual reality to closely approximate the look and feel of the da Vinci surgical robot. It teaches the body position, hand articulation, foot movement and coordination, and robotic field visualization required to perform robot-assisted surgery.