We didn't come to Baystate because of the statistics - the largest teaching hospital in Western Mass, more STEMIs in our cath lab than any other Massachusetts hospital, or the volume (one of the busiest ED's in the East). We, like our fellow residents, came to Baystate because we wanted to see a ton of critically ill patients and actually manage them. Our 90 bed ED, containing a pediatric ED, constantly bustles with sick patients, even in our fast track area.
At Baystate, we have sub-specialists, yet when a patient is in the ED, we own our own patient's care and procedures. We get incredible exposure to orthopedics and trauma, gaining the experience to run the trauma room every other day during our final year of residency.
Moreover, Baystate's atmosphere is unique. The attendings exude a desire to teach but also an enthusiasm to bolster residents' autonomy. Our attendings support our individual pursuits with zeal, understanding that each resident has individual ambitions. Further, in addition to our cornucopia of critically ill patients, the atmosphere here is unbeatably positive and supportive.
Additionally, Baystate is the home of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Tufts University School of Medicine and serves as a primary clinical site for medical students. Residents are clinical associates for Tufts and gain experience serving as mentors and educators. Baystate hosts a variety of fellowship opportunities, including Ultrasound, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Administration and Leadership and Emergency Medicine Research.
As chief residents for 2015-2016, we are excited about our plans to contribute to the academic rigor and of this residency and support our residents. We are proud of our residency and our contributions to Emergency Medicine and hope you consider Baystate Medical Center for the next step of your education.