Baystate is committed to fostering an atmosphere of inquiry. Because medical knowledge is constantly changing, competent physicians must be able to continually access and critically appraise the medical literature. From ambulatory morning report to our biostatistics curriculum to investigator-initiated research projects, our residents learn how to apply evidence-based medicine at the bedside and how to generate new knowledge through hypothesis-driven research.
All residents are required to pass the Scholarly Activity Milestones before graduation. Residents may choose from a range of activities that meet the definition of scholarly activity, including hypothesis-driven research, review articles, case reports and quality improvement projects.
All residents are required to demonstrate competency in evidence-based medicine skills, to complete a scholarly project and to present their findings at a national or regional meeting. Through this exercise, residents come to appreciate the challenges of conducting biomedical research and develop valuable presentation skills. Residents are also encouraged to submit their work for publication.
Conducting clinical research during residency is tough anywhere. Residents have unique demands on their time that can make data collection difficult. They may have to compete with fellows for available mentorship, and may not have access to funding. At Baystate, we understand these challenges and have designed a successful program to overcome them.
- We identify mentors who are eager to work with residents and have a track record of success, then pair residents with mentors who share their interests.
- We encourage projects that are important, but that also fit into a resident’s schedule.
- We provide our residents with protected time for research activities.
- Our Academic Affairs Department provides free epidemiological and biostatistical support to all resident research projects.
- Our program employs a research assistant specifically to help with resident research.
- Finally, we provide small-scale funding. There are additional opportunities to apply for funding through both Baystate and Tufts.
Baystate residents are active participants at a number of national meetings, including the Society for General Internal Medicine
American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Society for Hospital Medicine and others. Residents are encouraged to present original research at national and/or regional meetings, and travel funds are available for residents who has an abstract accepted.
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.