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Message from the Emergency Medicine Chief Residents

Dr. Kyle Hoestery

Dr. Fraser Mackay Dr. Sophie Todd

Kyle Hoesterey

Fraser Mackay

Sophie Todd


There are lots of great emergency medicine programs throughout the country with a variety of opportunities.  The choices can be overwhelming as you look for the program that best fits you.  We like to think that we are a special place in the sea of choices that you have.

What drew us to Baystate was the opportunity to train in one of the busiest emergency departments in New England.  Because of Baystate's geographic location it serves as a large catchment area acting as a Level 1 adult trauma center, cath lab with more STEMIs than any other hospital in Massachusetts, a full pediatric ED and pediatric hospital, stroke center and the largest teaching hospital in Western Massachusetts.  Every day is a challenge to care for patients of all ages and acuities.  Moreover, while we have dedicated specialists, the ED enjoys a very strong level of support from the rest of the hospital.  When a patient is in the department, their ED physician owns their care and necessary procedures.

In addition, Baystate is the home of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Tufts University School of Medicine as serves as a primary clinical site for medical students.  Residents are clinical associates for Tufts, serving as mentors and teachers to rotating medical students.  Fellowship opportunities include Ultrasound, Pediatric emergency medicine, Wilderness medicine, Administration and Leadership, International emergency medicine and emergency medicine research.

The community of Baystate outside the emergency department is diversified with a variety of organizations, committees and interest groups that you are able to join.

Our EM residents travel far and wide, in recent years rotating in Mexico, Israel, Romania, Jamaica, St. Croix and Sweden to name a few.  We've had visiting scholars and colleagues from Mexico, Argentina and around the globe that join us in our clinical setting to learn about our system of medicine and to educate us regarding foreign medical systems.

Besides working hard, we like to have fun.,  Western Massachusetts and the Five College area make for a great life outside of the hospital, with great restaurants, arts, social events, family friendly and outdoor activities galore.  Proximity to Boston, New York City, the Berkshires and the mountains of Vermont means that there are always new adventures waiting.

Baystate residents have gone on to thrive in a variety of practice settings nationwide, from local community hospitals to fellowships across the country.  You'll graduate as a skilled emergency physician, ready to take on anything and you will have a great time in the process.

As chief residents for the 2014-2015 academic year, our goal is to continue the strengths of this program and serve as a resource to our fellow residents and prospective students.  We seek to support, guide and advocate for the program.  We are proud to be part of the emergency medicine residency and hope you consider Baystate Medical Center for the next step of your education.