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Message from the Surgery Department Chair

ALTBaystate Medical Center's Department of Surgery is proud to be at the forefront of surgical residency education in the United States. In existence for 60 years, the general surgery residency program is staffed by experienced teaching faculty who are nationally recognized and provide leadership on national accreditation, policy, and review boards.

Our role in charting the future course of surgical education is as important as our long tradition of academic excellence. We feel that it is our responsibility to make sure that our residents have broad clinical exposure so that they will be able to fill a critical need in our changing health care delivery system. Thanks to our faculty of more than 75 surgeons, representing virtually every surgical field, we are pleased to be able to offer broad-based clinical experience on a single campus.

Our faculty members are all Board Certified or Board Eligible. Their primary purpose, regardless of specialty, is to educate residents to become skilled surgeons during the course of our five-year residency program.  The Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills lab form one of the select American College of Surgeons-accredited Education Institutes, and are at the forefront of surgical education research and innovation.  Teaching, learning, and research are important components of our faculty's academic expectations.

We consider the role of physicians teaching other physicians to be critical to our mission. We also recognize the importance of research in the education of surgeons. To facilitate investigative activity, we provide full-time staff support, funding, and the opportunity for resident research during the five year curriculum or as concentrated lab time between the second and third year of training. There are also opportunities for residents to earn advanced graduate degrees while spending time in the laboratory. Approximately 80% of our residents choose to complete a subspecialty fellowship before entering community or academic practices. Our residents have been very successful in obtaining top notch fellowships in pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, breast oncology, plastics, vascular, cardiac surgery and other specialties.

As you approach your choice of residency programs, we hope you will give serious consideration to the Department Surgery at Baystate Medical Center.


Richard B. Wait, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Clinical Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine