Baystate Medical Center has been involved in the training of surgeons since internships were first introduced in the early 1900s. The residency program, initiated in 1949, has grown in size and significance.
The Department of Surgery's impact on the profession is felt regionally as well as nationally, thanks to the faculty's commitment to remaining at the forefront of surgical education. The staff is comprised of more than 50 Board Certified or Board Eligible surgeons, representing literally every subspecialty. The breadth of clinical activity within Baystate Medical Center affords the department the opportunity to provide a diverse surgical education to our residents. With the increasing emphasis on surgeons with broad ranging experience, the importance of an eclectic department is even greater. During the five year program, Baystate residents have an opportunity to gain experience in private general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, oncology and endocrine surgery, trauma, and transplantation.
The Department of Surgery's residency program remains competitive with university programs because of its willingness to invest in research. During the past several years, the department has made tremendous strides in developing the infrastructure required for aggressive research activity. A full-time staff, including a biostatistician, the allocation of significant funds, and the expectation that every resident will participate in investigative activity has elevated research to its rightful place in the education of residents at Baystate.
Passing on the tradition of teaching is an equally important aspect of residency training. Residents are expected to teach medical students and more junior residents. The department has introduced instructional training as part of residency training in order to make physicians better teachers.
A state-of-the-art cognitive & technical skills simulation center is fully accessible for educational opportunities in a diverse range of procedural skills and clinical care scenarios for interactive simulations that emphasize core competencies, team training and crisis management. Our 9 week resident “Boot Camp” offers cognitive and procedural simulation based training for all PGY-1 residents. Incoming residents will be exposed to cognitive and procedural task training on important surgical fundamentals, and emergency “survival” topics. BMC is one of the few training programs in the country to offer residents such rich educational opportunities in a skills lab setting.
In addition to a bi-monthly house staff business meeting our residents participate in a Resident Leadership Group meeting every month. This group consists of the five chief residents and representatives of each training level elected by their peers (PGY1-4). Residents use this unrestricted forum to discuss educational and service issues of concern to them and thus direct important issues of their academic and clinical training.
Baystate residents have excellent career opportunities awaiting them. Historically, the majority of residents have chosen to go into private practice as general surgeons or into subspecialty training at some of the finest academic institutions in the country.