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Program Leadership

Our program director and department chair are strong champions of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Their support ensures the program’s success.

Message from Dr. Ben Osborne, Program Director

Dr. Ben OsborneEmergency medicine is the most challenging and rewarding of all medical specialties, with much to offer—a fast pace, flexible lifestyle, and great sense of fulfillment. Our Emergency Medicine Residency Program has a singular goal—to help you become the best, most well-rounded emergency medicine specialist.

Clinical Highlights

I believe the best place to learn emergency medicine is in an emergency department. Our department is so busy and has such incredible diversity of acute trauma patients, acute medical illness, and pediatric cases that you will never be left wishing that there were more patients to be seen.

That’s why 19 of 24 rotations are as a second- and third-year resident in the Emergency Department.

About Our Facilities and ED Experience

  • 716-bed medical center
  • Region's tertiary care referral center
  • The only Level 1 Trauma Center in western Massachusetts
  • More than 115,000 visits annually in Emergency Department
  • Patient population with diverse pathology
  • Procedures and techniques associated with world's most advanced medical centers
  • On-site X-Ray facilities, laboratories, and specially equipped operating rooms dedicated solely for emergency and trauma care
  • State-of-the-art simulation center that is used to augment curriculum
  • Outstanding ultrasound program, with faculty members certified in emergency ultrasound to teach the finer points of performing real-time ultrasounds; residents log enough ultrasounds to be certified in emergency ultrasound

Academic Highlights

Baystate Medical Center is the site of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Niels Rathlev is the chair of our department. The chair of the Emergency Department also serves as the chair of the medical school's department of emergency medicine. This is the only such chairmanship of the medical school outside of the Boston area and a reflection of the reputation of our faculty and its commitment to educational excellence.

Our clinical departments are home to 257 residents in nine departments. With the exception of the community EM experience and elective months, all rotations are completed in a single institution, thus maintaining the program's educational integrity and providing convenience for our residents. All of our residents and faculty members hold Tufts academic appointments.

Lifestyle Highlights

Because of the extremely challenging pace of emergency medicine, we emphasize a balance between your career and your involvement in family and community life. We promote physician wellness to enable you to meet the physical and psychological challenges you will face in your career. We offer a balanced schedule to try to optimize your time at the hospital and away from it. This allows you time to pursue your life outside of medicine and the time to optimize your education.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to help you develop the clinical, academic, and personal skills you will need to ensure enjoyment in your professional and personal endeavors. We look forward to meeting you and invite you to visit us, tour our facilities, and meet our faculty.

Sincerely,
Ben Osborne, MD

  • Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Chief, Education Division, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Message from Dr. Niels Rathlev, Department Chair

Dr. Niels RathlevBaystate Medical Center's Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been designed to prepare you to excel in future career paths in clinical practice, teaching, and research. The residency program is a major priority in our department and the raison d’etre for faculty members who have chosen to practice here.

Our program provides an unusually comprehensive exposure to a broad range of illness and injury, affording residents experience and proficiency in dealing with complex trauma cases:

  • Second-busiest emergency department in the state
  • The only Level 1 Trauma Center in western Massachusetts
  • The only receiving facility for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions, strokes, trauma, and severe pediatric illness in this part of the state
  • Receiving site for several air transport helicopter services
  • Medical control for eight ambulance companies in western Massachusetts
  • National leader in simulation medicine, with on-site state-of-the-art simulation center
  • Educational focus on diagnostic and procedural bedside ultrasound

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are skilled as didactic and bedside teachers and take pride in providing residents with an educational experience that prepares them for outstanding future careers in clinical and academic practice. These individuals who trained in residency programs across the nation provide our residents with a broad range of experience.

Our Graduates

Our achievements can be measured by the success of the graduates from our program. Many have obtained prominent leadership positions locally, statewide, and across the nation. They have also received acclaim for their achievements in research, public speaking, and education.

Our faculty and fellows publish numerous original articles in the peer-review emergency medicine literature on annual basis, reflecting the department's academic strength and mission. This year, seven of our graduating residents will pursue academic careers as full-time faculty in training programs or fellowships.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to visit us to get a firsthand look at our outstanding residency program in emergency medicine.

Sincerely,
Niels K Rathlev, MD

  • Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Baystate Medical Center
  • Program Director, Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellowship
  • Professor of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine