Choosing where to spend the next 3-4 years of your life is understandably a tough decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. We have all been in your shoes, perusing multiple residency websites, looking for what we think makes the perfect program. We all remember discussing the various choices with our families, hoping they will be happy with the final outcome.
Of course you're looking for a level 1 trauma center, because being shipped off to another location for a months at a time doesn't sound fun or at all convenient. Undoubtedly you're looking for a large volume of patients, with a diverse population demographic, and certainly a high level of acuity. Maybe you're a real go-getter, and you're only seeking those programs that offer moon-lighting opportunities. Admit it, you're even making note of the places that pay for your meals.
Don't get us wrong, those are definitely qualities you want in a program. Trust us when we say the Emergency Medicine Residency here at Baystate Medical Center hits the mark on all of them, but what we have here goes above and beyond all of those basic “must-haves.” There’s a quality about our program that you quickly get an understanding of simply by talking to us, or visiting our department. The Emergency Medicine Residency here offers incredible training coupled with a strong emphasis on resident wellness, and it shows. We are happy, both in and out of work.
The residents here form great friendships, not only with each other, but with their attendings as well. When we come into the department, we get to work side by side with exceptional people that we respect, admire, and look forward to seeing the following day. Monthly journal clubs, weekly didactics, a 3 day retreat each year and protected ACEP time for the senior residents are only some of the opportunities the residents and attendings have to come together. Working in an emergency department with a volume and level of acuity such as Baystate can become physically and emotionally heavy, and it is these incredible relationships that help to carry the weight.
Having four weeks of vacation assures that we are in good spirits outside of the ED as well, and allows more time to be spent with our families. The residents here at Baystate have ample opportunity to explore the area and take in all that the Pioneer Valley has to offer. Between the multitude of outdoor activities, great restaurants, college towns, and proximity to major cities; you'll always have something to do.
As the chief residents for the 2013-2014 year, our role in this program is to continue to encourage and develop these qualities that set Baystate apart. Our goal is to serve the residents as a constant source of guidance, education, and most importantly support. We are proud to be a part of the Emergency Medicine Residency here and we hope you consider Baystate Medical Center when taking the next step in your education.
—Ashley Grant, Jason Grimsman, and Josh Harris