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Frequently Asked Questions


About the Emergency Medicine Residency

Do Emergency Medicine residents use the Sim Lab?


Is there ED ultrasound use?


Do you participate in international medicine initiatives?


Is moonlighting allowed?


What department facilities are there for the residents?


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 Emergency Medicine Residency

Do Emergency Medicine residents use the Sim Lab?

The Baystate Simulation Center is an on-site 1,200 square-foot newly built facility with three state of the art simulated patient rooms.  Each simulated patient room is equipped with a realistic mannequin simulator and video recording capabilities allowing for instant debriefing following each simulation.  Our curriculum is designed to gain experience with critical case presentations in a controlled environment.  All residents participate are scheduled for a scenario 4-5 times a year.  Additionally, actual cases can be simulated to allow individual residents the opportunity to practice a difficult case they have recently seen in our Emergency Department. 


In addition to the simulated patient rooms, the Baystate Simulation Center allows our residents to practice all the essential procedures necessary to become an excellent Emergency Medicine physician.  Annually, our interns participate in the "Procedure Boot Camp" during orientation.  This allows them to practice many procedures on simulation task trainers to better prepare them for their residency. 


These dynamic teaching tools allow for hands-on learning of procedural and cognitive skills in a critical, real-life environment  without risk to patients or staff.


Any questions can be sent to Luciennce Lutfy-Clayton, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine Simulation Director at: lucienne.lutfyclayton@baystatehealth.org

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Is there ED ultrasound use?

Under the direction of Dr. Gavin Budhram and Dr. Tala Elia, the department of Emergency Medicine's ultrasound program fosters resident instruction in bedside ultrasound for the purposes of improved patient care and research. A combination of lectures and hands-on scanning time ensures that residents are trained in emergency medicine applications including, but not limited to: FAST, AAA, cardiac, gallbladder, early and late pregnancy, renal, DVT, vascular access and procedural guidance.  Special emphasis is placed on ultrasound in critical care.  Residents begin their ultrasound training during the intern orientation month, and then participate in a radiology month during their first year.  During this month, residents spend dedicated time learning ultrasound and will satisfy the ACEP credentialing guidelines for emergency ultrasound. 


Six ultrasound machines are in daily use in our emergency department, and a wireless network is employed to store all exams on a central archive in the ED.   This is used for patient care, teaching purposes, and resident credentialing. 

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Do you participate in international medicine initiatives?

The Tufts-Baystate International Emergency Medicne (IEM) initiative provides unique educational opportunities for residents, faculty and staff;  We work with established and nascent Emergency Medicine programs to support the development of  the specialty and enhance patient care. We believe that novel international medical experiences enhance our patient care skills at home, and that we can contribute to improving care abroad through didactic and practical training programs.  The IEM initiative also provides foreign students and scholars an opportunity for mentored rotations in the department at Baystate Medical Center.  To date, we have on-going collaborative projects in Eastern Europe (Romania), the Caribbean (Jamaica), and throughout Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Colombia). Typically rotations include clinical, didactic and research elements with the goal of furthering collaborative projects between the project participants and hosting institutions.


To learn more contact:
Aaron Hexdall, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
International Emergency Medicine Director
Tufts University School of Medicine
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut
Springfield MA 01199
Email Aaron.Hexdall@bhs.org
Tel 413 794 3005

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Is moonlighting allowed?

The Department of Emergency Medicine allows upper-level residents who are in good academic standing to moonlight in accordance with Baystate Medical Center and department policies. Moonlighting activities shall not conflict with any of the resident's academic or clinical responsibilities, are required to follow the BMC institutional policy on moonlighting, and are to be approved by the residency program Director.

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What department facilities are there for the residents?

The Department of Emergency Medicine makes available to its residents a Resident's Lounge located in the administrative area of the Emergency Department.


The Lounge contains:

  • 6 networked computers with access to scanner and printer
  • various reference textbooks
  • secured lockers
  • department mailboxes
  • comfortable furniture for relaxing including futons, desks, and tables.

The department of Emergency Medicine also makes available to its residents a private sleeping room for nights spent on-call or downtime between shifts.

 

Baystate Medical Center has reserved, secured physician parking lots for all housestaff. There is also a health club facility.

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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 20 fellowship programs with approximately 300 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
  • BRASS (Baystate Residency Academic Seminar Series) that covers all the curricular topics required by the ACGME Common Requirements and Institutional Requirements in an environment that fosters collaboration across Baystate residencies and fellowships
  • 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, your 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 Hospital of the Future 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 Baystate's Preschool Enrichment Team (P.E.T.) 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
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • 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
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • 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
  • Historic Deerfield


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 Life 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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