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About BERST Academy

BERST—Baystate Education and Scholarship of Teaching—advances the educational mission of Baystate Health.

Every year, more than 2,200 future health professionals pass through the hallways, clinics, and research labs of Baystate Health. BERST Academy is the backbone of efforts to ensure that our employees acquire the knowledge and skills to teach their future colleagues and, together, improve the care for our patients and our community.

Mission

What Members Say

[BERST is] a community of strength. When I have people who support me it is easier to take risks and innovate. The diversity of people give me feedback from multiple different perspectives. I am always learning new things from this group.”
Kevin Hinchey,
Chief Education Officer, Faculty
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Celebrate the power of education

Vision

Connect every Baystate employee with the power of education to inspire the best in themselves and their teams.

Values

BERST Academy is a community within Baystate Health and promotes the qualities that Baystate values in its employees across the health system.

Courage and Collaboration

In BERST, we champion innovation to encourage employees to flourish from best practice. By teaching a scholarly approach to education, members learn to ground innovation in evidence and take a healthy and deliberate approach to setbacks.

Customer Focus

Members are invited to cultivate growth by attending evidence-based professional development, with concrete skills designed to build them as patient care providers, leaders, and colleagues.

Ownership

BERST promotes lifelong learning by promoting motivation, reflection, and a growth mindset as grounding perspectives for ongoing personal and professional growth and improved practice.

Valuing Differences

We are an engaged community, connecting diverse and interprofessional employees through shared language and purpose, marked by respect for learning and teaching.