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Message from the Emergency Medicine Department Chair


Baystate Medical Center's Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been designed to prepare you to excel in future career paths in clinical practice, teaching and research. The residency training program is a major priority in our department and the “raison d’etre” for faculty members that have chosen to practice here. 

Our program provides an unusually comprehensive exposure to a broad range of illness and injury. We are the second busiest emergency department in the state and our status as the only Level 1 Trauma Center in western Massachusetts affords residents experience and proficiency in dealing with complex trauma cases. We are also the sole receiving facility for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions, strokes, trauma and severe pediatric illness in this part of the state. 

The faculty takes pride in providing residents with an educational experience that prepares them for outstanding future careers in clinical and academic practice.

We currently have 37 faculty members, 3 fellows in pediatric emergency medicine, 2 emergency ultrasound fellows, 1 research fellow and 1 wilderness medicine fellow. 

These individuals trained in residency programs across the nation and provide our residents with a broad range of experience. Our faculty is skilled as didactic and bedside teachers and includes three full professors and seven associate professors. 

Bedside ultrasound for diagnostic and procedural purposes is currently a major educational initiative. Baystate is a national leader in the realm of simulation medicine and has built a state-of-the-art simulation center on the premises. 

Our faculty provides medical control for eight ambulance companies in western Massachusetts and we are receiving site for several air transport helicopter services. We also provide team physician expertise to local professional and college sports teams.

Our achievements can be measured by the success of the graduates from our program. Many have obtained prominent leadership positions locally, state-wide and across the nation. They have also received acclaim for their achievements in research, public speaking and education. 

The faculty and fellows publish numerous original articles in the peer-review emergency medicine literature on annual basis reflecting the department's academic strength and mission. This year, seven of our graduating residents will pursue an academic career as full-time faculty in a training program or in a fellowship.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to visit us to get a first-hand look at our outstanding residency program in Emergency Medicine.


Niels K Rathlev, MD

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine