Career tracking for Categorical Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residents at Baystate has given residents the opportunity to customize their schedules to meet their future career goals. We have expanded those opportunities by offering six optional career tracks to help residents pursue their professional interests as they develop their career plans. All the tracks fulfill the requirements for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
The Internal Medicine residency Primary Care track emphasizes meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations and developing systems of care that are effective, efficient and equitable. We envision the majority of our graduates dedicating their careers to Primary Care and becoming leaders in the world of health care.
This track is based on a philosophy that the traditional medical model must be considered in the contexts of social and political awareness, public health, and community-based work. Participation involves residents having their continuity clinic at Brightwood Health Center, as well as two blocks per year throughout residency dedicated to the study and practice of community medicine. One block’s focus is on outpatient clinical skills, while the other block focuses on social issues in health care and academic issues in pubic health.
The Women's Health Track is designed to enhance the knowledge and training of the standard curriculum in Women’s Health for the categorical internal medicine residents. In completing the track, residents will be well prepared for application to a Women’s Health Fellowship, an academic career in Women’s Health or a career in Women’s Health primary care.
The Geriatric Medicine Track will provide residents opportunities that will enhance their knowledge and clinical experience in geriatric medicine. We anticipate that we will enhance sensitivity to the problems of older patients and improve the quality of care our graduating residents provide to the geriatric population while promoting careers in Geriatrics.
The Business in Medicine Track at Baystate offers residents an in-depth opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of medical administrative experience. Residents who opt for this one month elective will be given an introduction to medical administration. There are numerous medical administrative experiences including hospital based, health system based, group practice based, medical quality, medical management, patient safety, group practice, HMO's, IPA/PHO, clinical informatics, pharmaceutical and research.
The Healthcare Quality and Hospitalist Track is designed for residents interested in a career as a hospital-based specialist as well as those who plan fellowship training (particularly fellowships with a strong inpatient focus). It offers residents the opportunity to train in key areas vital to a career in Hospital Medicine and to acquire core knowledge, skills and attitudes.
The Research Track is a special program for residents with prior experience in clinical research or previous training in internal medicine who wish to pursue a rigorous research program during residency. Highly-motivated individuals without one of these two qualifications may apply to the program as well. The Research Track is particularly appropriate for residents who plan to apply for competitive fellowships and those considering a career in clinical research.