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Education & Research News 2010

Pritesh Gandhi, 4th Year Medical Student, Creates Medical Mentorship—A Community Service Project
December 03, 2010: The mentorship project, an initiative of Gandhi's non-profit Effect Health, pairs up medical students with 9th - 12th graders from Springfield-area high schools who are interested in becoming physicians.
Benjamin Liptzin MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Awarded 2010 Weinberg Family Prize
December 03, 2010: Dr. Benjamin Liptzin received the Weinberg Prize for his outstanding work as a teacher, leader, and researcher and advocate in geriatric psychiatry.
Academic Affairs Forms New Office of Education Research and Development
December 03, 2010: The Education Research and Development (ERD) Office was created to conduct independent and collaborative medical education research, mentor faculty in education development and research, and develop and promote faculty development in areas related to education research.
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residencies Awarded $6.7 Million in HRSA Grants
November 05, 2010: Baystate's 2 awards are part of $167.3 million in ber 2010: Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) grants—$16 million in Massachusetts—that will go towards building the primary care workforce and providing community-based prevention by funding 82 accredited residency training programs in general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine.
Center for Quality of Care Research Investigators Awarded 2 AHRQ Grants
October 15, 2010: Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc, Director of CQCR, and Michael Rothberg, MD, MPH, have each been awarded a 3-year grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which together represent nearly 2 million dollars in research funding to Baystate Medical Center's Center for Quality of Care Research.
Faculty Development Efforts Focus on Developing Teaching and Research Skills
October 15, 2010: Over the past few years Baystate Medical Center has prioritized faculty development as a means to strengthen residency and fellowship programs by addressing the specific needs of faculty, residents and fellows. All faculty development opportunities are now conveniently listed on 1 calendar that is accessible to all.
Baystate Simulation Center Re-Accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute
August 06, 2010: The Baystate Simulation Center was awarded reaccreditation at the June 23-29, 2010 meeting of the American College of Surgeons Accreditation Review Committee.
Baystate Human Research Protection Program Achieves Full Accreditation by AAHRPP
July 01, 2010: On June 11, 2010, following a rigorous application process, Baystate joined the ranks of 214 other organizations worldwide, such as Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital Boston, that have earned AAHRPP accreditation.
Center for Quality of Care Research Study of Doctor-Rating Websites Gets Mainstream Media Attention
July 01, 2010: Four researchers from the Center for Quality of Care Research published a study, "Patients’ Evaluations of Health Care Providers in the Era of Social Networking: An Analysis of Physician-Rating Websites", online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The work has garnered quite a bit coverage by media outlets such as and the Los Angeles Times.
James Stewart, MD Receives Appreciation Award for Role in Medical Oncology In-training Exam
July 01, 2010: The American Society of Clinical Oncology and Medical Oncology Program Directors honored Dr. Stewart, Chief, Hematology and Oncology Division, with an award for his outstanding leadership in the development of the National Medical Oncology In-Training Examination for Fellows.
Center for Quality of Care Research Is Featured in JAMA
June 16, 2010: New study advances understanding of best treatment for chronic lung disease.
Winthrop Whitcomb, MD Inducted as 1 of 3 Inaugural “Masters in Hospital Medicine"
June 01, 2010: Dr. Winthrop Whitcomb, Department of Internal Medicine, was inducted by the Society of Hospital Medicine as 1 of 3 founding and inaugural “Masters in Hospital Medicine” at its annual meeting in Washington DC.
Midwifery Education Program Graduates Its 17th Class
May 31, 2010: On May 7, 2010 Leela Joy and Amanda Molter graduated from the Midwifery Education Program (MEP).
First Patient Enrolled in National Study of Pioneering Surgery Technique
May 11, 2010: Surgeons at Baystate Medical Center have enrolled the first patient in a national multi-center study of the potential for a new surgical technique to be as effective and safe as traditional approaches while at the same time reducing recovery time, infection rates, postsurgical scarring and perhaps even health costs.
Baystate Medical Center Awarded Full Institutional Accreditation for 4 Years
May 07, 2010: At the April 13, 2010 meeting of the ACGME Institutional Review Committee, Baystate Medical Center received continued full institutional accreditation for 4 years as the institutional sponsor of ACGME-accredited residencies and fellowships.
Baystate Faculty & Housestaff Receive TUSM Class of 2010 Teaching Awards
May 07, 2010: Tufts University School of Medicine Class of 2010 has selected 3 Baystate Medical Center faculty and housestaff to be honored with teaching awards.
IRS Decides Some Residents Are Eligible for FICA Refund
April 22, 2010: The IRS has made an administrative decision that some residents and fellows are eligible for a refund for the FICA (social security and Medicare) taxes.
BMC Has 100 Percent Match Rate for Categorical Positions in 2010 Match
April 01, 2010: All 10 of Baystate Medical Center's residency programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program. They performed well with with an overall match rate of 100% for categorical positions (59 of 59), and 98% for all positions (62 of 63 positions).
BMC Chief of Cardiology advances understanding of common type of heart attack
March 23, 2010: Dr. Aaron Kugelmass, chief of the Division of Cardiology at Baystate Medical Center, presented findings last week at the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Sessions 2010, advancing the medical community’s understanding of the best treatment for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a common--and deadly--type of heart attack.
Two New Books From Baystate Faculty
March 01, 2010: Spring 2010 saw new books published by 2 faculty members from the Psychiatry Department.
3 Baystate Faculty Win Innovations in Education Grants
March 01, 2010: Drs. Harry Hoar III and John O'Reilly, Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Gladys Fernandez, Department of Surgery, have won three of the seven Tufts University School of Medicine Innovations In Education Grants.
REACH Launches New International Health Travel Grants Program for Residents and Fellows
February 01, 2010: REACH (Residents Educated in Alternative Cultures and Health)—Baystate's global health initiative—has established the International Health Travel Grants Program in order to provide some financial support to residents and fellows seeking a global health experience and to encourage them to incorporate international health as part of their careers.
Baystate Physician Spouses Association a Welcome Addition
January 01, 2010: Over the last year, an association for the spouses and families of Baystate residents and fellows has been formed. Christine Freda, whose husband is an attending physician in Nephrology, is the group’s president, and Shelby Mundy, whose husband is a Surgery resident, is vice-president.