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Emergency Medicine Residents

Everybody wants to know what to expect in residency. Learn more about our program from those who know.

Hear From Our Chief Residents

Our chief residents explain why they chose Baystate Medical Center and tell you everything they think you need to know.

Day in the Life

While no two days are alike in our exceptionally busy emergency department, one of our residents breaks down a "typical" day.

Meet Our Residents

Our residents tell you about themselves, their backgrounds, interests, aspirations, and why Baystate is a good fit for them.

PG1 Residents

Dr. Jessica ArmstrongJessica Armstrong, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hi Everyone! I was raised in a small town in eastern Connecticut where I grew up playing soccer and softball. I went to Boston College where I majored in Biology and minored in History. I also played rugby while there, but unfortunately injuries led to an early retirement. I have since turned to milder pursuits such as soccer, hiking, running, and hopefully, another triathlon

As soon as I started looking at programs to apply to, Baystate jumped to the top of my list. I talked with recent graduates of the program who said not only did they learn an incredible amount but they also felt immensely prepared for life as an attending. The part that stood out to me the most, however, was how they all said that the best part of their experience was the atmosphere in which they worked. There is a real family feel to the program and the focus on wellness is real and prominent. I saw all of that on my interview day and knew that it was completely authentic. I look forward to becoming part of the Baystate family!

Dr. Samuel BroderSamuel Broder, DO

University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm a Western Massachusetts Native and I'm thrilled to be returning to Baystate for Emergency Medicine Residency.

After finishing high school I worked in the old Baystate ER as an Orderly, which was my first exposure to emergency medicine. Emergency medicine grasped my interest and I took an EMT class and continued on to become a paramedic for Baystate Health Ambulance. After working for a few years I headed up to the University of New England in Maine for medical school.

Once deciding that I wanted to be an Emergency Medicine physician, I had to choose where I wanted to train. I had a desire to train somewhere where resident wellness and education was seen as an integral part of high quality and safe patient care. I was looking for a program with a familial environment with strong bedside clinical teaching and mentorship, where my previous experience would be seen as an advantage. Finding a hospital system with a diversity of experience as well as a balance between an urban and suburban setting, with additional rural exposure was also important.

Baystate was a clear match. It combined everything I valued about medical education in a geographical location that I already love. I'm thrilled to be returning to my home community as an emergency medicine resident and I'm honored to be able to continue to care for the residents of Western Massachusetts.

Dr. Ofelia CabreraOfelia Cabrera, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolina Campus

I was born in Miami, FL and being of Nicaraguan decent, spent my childhood back and forth between both locations. I have lived in the sunshine state for most of my life where I attended the University of Miami and majored in Nursing. After working for a few years, I was finally able to pursue my dream career as a physician. I attended medical school in South Carolina where I experienced southern hospitality, sweet tea and fried chicken. It truly was some of the best fried chicken I've ever had!

During my free time I enjoy traveling all over the world. I had to put these adventures on pause during medical school, but I recently got back from Norway and the Fjords were absolutely breathtaking. I also enjoy eating, exercising, outdoor activities, and dancing. I feel like music speaks to me and I absolutely love salsa.

I chose Baystate because the day of the interview I felt like it was the place I belong. One of my fellow upperclassman was an intern here and she raved about the program. The day I arrived for the interview there was snow and Christmas lights, so I was sold. In all seriousness, I loved the atmosphere and how friendly everyone was. Most importantly, their focus on resident wellness was very noticeable. I’m very excited to start residency at Baystate and explore the region of New England. My interests in medicine include critical care, ultrasound, and wilderness medicine.

Dr. Stephen DigiacomoStephen DiGiacomo, MD

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Hello everyone! I'm originally from Washington, Missouri, but I've lived the last 10 years in Tampa, FL. After finishing high school in Tampa, I went to undergrad and medical school at the University of South Florida. I loved hiking, kayaking, and biking down there, but I'm very excited to spend time outdoors here in the northeast. Otherwise I mostly spend time with my wife playing board games, tabletop rpgs, video games, and going to breweries!

I had an excellent time during my away rotation at Baystate during my 4th year of medical school. I loved everyone I met and worked with. They fostered an open and welcoming environment where I was able to learn and grow. The journal club and research analysis led by the faculty was incredible and unrivaled by other institutions I experienced. Dr. Osborne is also an incredible program director who is dedicated to not only the success of the program, but each individual resident. The camaraderie and focus on wellness at Baystate is uniquely excellent and made me love Baystate over any other program. I believe the positive culture produces better residents, and makes residency enjoyable.

Dr. Erik DotyErik Doty, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from southern NH. I attended UMass-Amherst for undergrad where I majored in public health. I then attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. After my third year I took a leave of absence to obtain a master's degree in biomedical informatics from Harvard Medical School.

I first became interested in Emergency medicine after becoming an EMT. After starting medical school I wanted to keep an open mind, but every rotation pushed me more towards Emergency medicine.

Baystate was my top choice for a number of different reasons. I have spent much of my adult life in Western Mass and have come to truly enjoy the area. After rotating at Baystate, I knew this was where I belonged. Everyone from the faculty, to the residents, and all the other staff truly made me feel like I belonged here. I could tell in my short time here that the training residents received at Baystate was second to none and being one of the busiest emergency departments in New England, I knew I would see everything I needed to become an amazing emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Kristen DowdyKristen Dowdy, DO

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I am married to a paramedic/firefighter and we have one supremely fluffy cat whom we adore. I have considered many places my home; however Chicago will always have a special place in my heart. I enjoy baking and eating baked goods, especially anything with chocolate, coconut or espresso. I also enjoy fine foods such as ramen noodles and Trader Joe's mac n' cheese balls.

Before medical school, I earned a bachelor's degree in Classics at Johns Hopkins University while volunteering as paramedic/firefighter for 48-72 hours per week. After graduating, I continued to volunteer as a paramedic/FF, but also worked full time as a kindergarten teacher in Washington, D.C. for four years. While I loved teaching, my experiences as a medic pushed me to make medicine my long-term career. In 2014, I was very fortunate to receive a scholarship to school through the Air Force's Health Professions Scholarship Program.

I am especially thrilled to train at Baystate Medical Center. There are many highlights to this emergency medicine residency program; however I am most excited about the enormous volume of ED patients, the state of the art facility, and the talented, high spirited and dedicated faculty and residents.

Dr. Allison EaronAllison Earon, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I grew up in Massachusetts and went to Bates College in Maine. After graduating, I moved down to Atlanta to complete an MPH at Emory University. I had always been interested in health access and quality of care issues. However, after working for a few years at a public health nonprofit in Boston, I decided that I wanted to incorporate this work into a career in medicine. I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and quickly realized that emergency medicine was the perfect specialty for my interests and work style.

Baystate was my top choice for residency for a number of reasons, the most important of which was the people. During a rotation here in my fourth year of school, I was impressed by the patient volume, acuity, and facilities. What really struck me though was how well the residents, faculty and staff worked together, and how people would go out of their way to help or teach each other. There is a true team and family mentality at Baystate, which is reflected in how happy the residents are despite being in arguably the hardest three years of our training.

Dr. Jonathan GammelJonathan Gammel, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hi everyone! I grew up on the north shore of MA, attended undergrad at Brandeis University in Waltham, and headed out to central MA for medical school at Umass in Worcester. I’m super excited to come to Baystate and continue my inevitable trek out to western Mass for residency!

I first became interested in Emergency Medicine after becoming an EMT-B and volunteering on my collegiate EMS squad as well as working for an off-campus service. My interest in EM was confirmed in medical school, when I realized I loved the variety, acuity, procedures, and team bonding and camaraderie that comes with this great field. Outside of medicine, I try to take any opportunity I can get to play tennis, racquetball, or really any racket sport (anyone down for badminton??). I also love to ski, hike, and play board games.

I chose to continue my medical education at Baystate because out of all the places I interviewed at, Baystate seemed to have the perfect blend of high quality education, large patient volume, and a truly sincere commitment to resident wellness. Not to mention a beautiful emergency department, friendly people, and dedicated faculty. With all this to look forward to, I can’t wait to get started!

Dr. Chelsea GreenChelsea Green, DO

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Though I was born in Oklahoma, I grew up in Colorado, living primarily in Fort Collins and just outside Denver. I went to Colorado State University for undergrad and graduate school where I was an active member of the marching and pep bands. I then went on to attend Rocky Vista University for medical school.

I'm thrilled to join Baystate's Emergency Medicine family this year. I have been at Baystate for the last year in the surgery program and have seen first-hand what a great place it is to be. Even before this last year, I had the amazing opportunity to do an EM rotation as a student, and even then I knew Baystate couldn't be beat. The teamwork is topnotch. The nurses are the best and always willing to make your life easier and brighten your day. But most of all the family environment is unparalleled.

When I'm not at work, I can be found: exploring New England, in my garden, on the ski slopes, with my husband and orange fluffy cat, or hanging out on my paddle board. (Or some strange combination of the above).

Dr. Ashley KunzAshley Kunz, MD

University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hey, everyone! I am thrilled to be starting at Baystate Medical Center this year.

I've lived all over the US from California to Connecticut to Nebraska, but my heart has always been in New England. I couldn't wait to get back to the East Coast and was so excited when Baystate felt like coming home. I love anything outdoors - hiking, camping, you name it. You could say I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to animals, which is pretty evident from the 2 dogs, 3 cats, and (soon-to-be) many chickens. My wife and I fix up antique motorcycles in our free time (but we don't really ride them all that much - seen too much in the ED already!)

I did my audition rotation at Baystate and knew right away that this was the place for me. I loved the emphasis on work-life balance, wellness, and the feel of camaraderie between the residents. Every program talks about wellness, but Baystate walks the walk. Not only were the attendings invested in my eduction, but they also really cared about me as a whole person. The residents and attendings seem like a tight-knit family, which I love! Dr. Ben Osborne (the PD) makes you feel at home from day one - he's incredibly sincere, approachable, & kind.

Dr. Kent MccannKent McCann, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I’m originally from Acton, MA, 20 miles west of Boston, where I spent my childhood being extraordinarily mediocre at sports. Luckily, my parents also pushed me to explore other interests, and as I got older, music became a
major focus in my life. After high school, I matriculated to Tufts University in Medford. In my freshman year, I joined an a cappella group on
campus: the Tufts Beelzebubs. My involvement in the group shaped my college experience; throughout my four years with the Bubs, I got to
travel the world, record two albums, compete on an NBC TV show, and record backing tracks for Fox’s Glee (yeah, they’re all lip syncing). Somehow I also got my school work done, and I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of the Arts in Music.

After college I worked as an EMT in Lawrence, MA, while working on my medical school applications. I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester where my budding interest in emergency medicine solidified. I decided EM was the specialty for me.

I chose to come to Baystate for my residency because it has everything I was looking for in a program. The emergency department sees a huge number of complicated patients from a massive catchment area, and the faculty and
residents all foster an atmosphere of camaraderie and support, providing an unmatched learning experience. I also appreciate the program’s commitment to the well-being of residents throughout these immensely important years. It is an honor to call myself a part of this
incredible team.

Outside the hospital, I spend my time snowboarding, mountain biking, cooking, gardening, and playing guitar. Despite being a Massachusetts native, I have not spent much time in the Springfield area, so I greatly look forward to exploring the Pioneer Valley and all the unique
experiences it has to offer!

Dr. Matthew ShapiroMatthew Shapiro , DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Vassar College and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Between my undergraduate education and medical school I worked as an EMT for Boston Emergency Medical Services and as a tech in a Boston emergency department. These experiences informed my decision to become an emergency medicine physician. In my free time I enjoy running, being an NPR junkie, cooking, and spending time with my son and wife.

I chose Baystate because of its welcoming atmosphere, faculty who enjoy teaching, and its high acuity, high volume adult and pediatric trauma center. I am excited for the opportunity to train at a place that takes such good care of its patients.

Dr. Haven SpencerWill Spencer, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi, I’m Will, and I couldn’t be happier to be training at Baystate. I spent a month here during my 4th year of med school, and it was clear immediately that the program has a welcoming atmosphere and real enthusiasm for teaching. Equally importantly, the city of Springfield is known for its diverse patient population and the combination of high-volume/high-acuity that I considered essential for an EM residency.

Outside of the hospital you’ll probably find me pursuing the things I enjoy most: the great outdoors, good food, and local breweries. My wife and I have been living just up the road in Northampton for a few years and have come to appreciate everything Western Mass has to offer. We have easy access to the things we enjoy right here around us, and within a few hours we can be anywhere from Vermont, to Boston, to the coast of Maine.

I’m very excited for the next step in my training. I’m convinced that the strengths of both the program and the city make Baystate unique, and it’s a privilege to be a part of such a great EM program.

Dr. Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone, my name is Brian and I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I attended undergraduate college in Burlington, Vermont and decided to make it my home for 9 years while I worked as an X-ray and interventional radiology technologist. I enjoy running, cycling, hiking and climbing.

Baystate happened to be my first emergency medicine rotation in my 4th year of medical school and it was amazing. Everyone was friendly, approachable, and I learned a lot from both the attendings and the residents. Baystate is a very large hospital with a diverse patient population, excellent trauma opportunities, and a very ultrasound focused program. Also, Baystate has one of the best program directors around, surrounded by an organized and thoughtful support staff. I could not think of a better place to train for residency and it will be a privilege to be a part of the special family here.

PG2 Residents

Sarah Badach, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus

Dr. Sarah Badach

I am very excited to begin the next chapter of my education, and the first of my medical career, at Baystate!

I was born and raised in North Jersey, in a suburb of New York City. After graduating from Bucknell University for undergrad, I worked for two years at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as a research assistant in a clinical marijuana laboratory. I found my passion for working closely with many different types of people and enjoyed living in Harlem and exploring everything NYC had to offer. It was during this time that I secured my desire to become a physician to further make an impact on helping people. I attended medical school at VCOM in Spartanburg, SC, which was an interesting and different pace from Manhattan. During third year rotations, my love for patient diversity, fast-paced activity, procedures, and ability to help all types of people in need, lead me to my dream career of emergency medicine.

Leaving my interview day at Baystate, I was thrilled to have found a program that had everything that was important to me in my future residency training: Level I Trauma Center, large diverse patient population, all faculty ultrasound trained, and a very friendly, warm atmosphere. I am excited to be able to train at Baystate and look forward to working with and getting to know the other residents and faculty. I am also eager to move to Northampton where I will be able to ski and snowboard, practice yoga and enjoy the outdoors.

Myungwook Bae, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus

Dr. Myungwook Bae

Hello everyone! My name is Myung (just one syllable, not Me-Young, not Meow but simply MYUNG) and I am from Virginia! I’ve lived near the ocean most of my life with an exceptional period of time when my family was in Korea (South that is) for several years.

My medical career, like everyone else’ is very unique with the path it’s taken to get this far. I am a passionate soccer player and a surfer and have played collegiate soccer and surfed for who knows how long! My initial plan in college was to take that sport route but things changed quickly when my personal knee injury didn’t guarantee any further career options. I wanted to make an impact in people’s lives and with a great mentor that I had back in college, I came across a book called “Mountains Beyond Mountains” and just knew that I wanted to be like Dr. Paul Farmer one day.

I took three years off after my undergrad at VCU to gain some clinical experience and to travel as much as I could. I had the opportunity to work as a scribe in the ED and lived in Nepal for several months volunteering in multiple medical settings and trekking many different routes including Mt. Everest basecamp. I then realized that EM was my calling and that’s where I needed to be so the road to become an EM physician began.

When I was searching for a program, I wanted to enter a residency program not just by its reputation but a place that emphasized the humanistic and compassionate medical care, a program that encourages mentoring and who’s focus is on the well-being of residents by respecting them. Let me tell you, all of these were found and my expectations were overly compensated by the organization of the Baystate program. Dr. Osborne during my interview day told us “you are either okay with the program, hate the program or absolutely love the program”. I knew right when I left Baystate that that’s where I needed to be and I am so humbled by this opportunity to grow as an EM physician with my new family! Cheers!

Rachel Gershaw, DO

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Rachel Gershaw

Hi all! I’m super excited to be returning to Massachusetts for residency, where I was born and raised. I completed both my MPH and Bachelor’s degrees at Northeastern University in Boston. Side note: if you’re ever looking for an awesome spot to jog, head to the Charles River! I ventured down to South Florida for medical school, and couldn’t help but love the 24/7 summer weather, but I’m happy to be back to having four seasons. You can take the girl out of Boston, but you can’t take Boston out of the girl.

I chose emergency medicine, not just because it’s the best specialty ever (I’m biased), but for the camaraderie that goes along with it. The variety, excitement, and challenges of EM are complimented by the grounding of the team members you work alongside. It’s a specialty that constantly keeps you in check, keeps you humble, but comes with great reward because you’re able to effect change in the lives of so many.

Baystate was my final “audition” rotation. I was there for an ultrasound elective and within the first few days, I knew Baystate was where I needed to be to complete my training. The commitment of the attendings to teaching, the engaging didactics, diverse pathology, and friendliness of everyone were among the top contenders for why I loved it here. I can’t say that there was one specific criterion I was searching for in a residency, but looking around the emergency department and watching the interactions of everyone in the department, I knew that it was the right fit. Take chances in life, and if you’re lucky, you’ll end up right where you’re supposed to be.

Margaret Goodrich, MD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Dr. Margaret GoodrichHey everyone! I’m originally from Denver, CO. I grew up camping, hiking, snowboarding, and competing in gymnastics. My claim to fame during my 18 years of gymnastics was naming a skill on the uneven bars my senior year of high school (you can see a video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-m7FHEeJIY)! Gymnastics took me to the boot-heel of Missouri for undergrad where I competed all 4 years for Southeast Missouri State University (or as everyone there calls it, SEMO), while pursuing my Biology degree. This is also where I met my wonderful husband! He followed me down to West Texas while I pursued my medical degree. Even though we have enjoyed the wonderful hospitality in Texas, we’re ready for a little less dust, some colder weather and more outdoor activities!

Baystate was my first emergency medicine rotation of 4th year and I loved it! The patient population was diverse, their presentations were complex and I learned something new with every patient I saw. The department is extremely busy, but each of the residents and attendings I worked with made time to discuss each patient I saw, offer guidance in developing differentials and treatment plans, and provide me with constructive feedback on areas for improvement. As a student from a medical school without an EM residency, I greatly appreciated the guidance I received while on this rotation. It was just another way the program showed me how committed they are to the education and success of each student and resident they work with. It was easy to see the camaraderie, respect and support among residents, attendings and staff both in and out of the department. I knew that this would be a program where I would thrive both professionally and personally and I’m so excited to have matched here!

My husband and I have 2 fur children (Izzy and Rugger) and all 4 of us are excited to explore all that Western Mass (and really the East Coast) has to offer!

Michael Grant, MD

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Michael Grant

I am from New Hampshire originally and have been a New Englander all my life. I spent 8 years living in Boston during which I went to Northeastern University for cultural anthropology, worked as an EMT for a short while, then completed a master’s program at Boston University. I then shipped up to Burlington, Vermont for medical school at the University of Vermont. I spend my free time hiking, traveling, olympic-style weightlifting, and snowboarding.

I came to Baystate on the advice of several experienced EM physicians I’ve talked to over the years. They all said the same thing: train at a large volume, busy ED with a diverse population and a staff that demonstrates a distinct desire to teach. When I rotated at Baystate during my 4th year, I realized that it had all of that to offer and more. It is as if we get to work at the same pace as and with similar pathology to a large city ED but then can drive a short distance in nearly any direction and find a beautiful landscape. After living in busy downtown Boston for eight years and then green, mountainous Vermont for four, Baystate seems to be the perfect match for me.

Matthew Gray, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Matthew Gray

I grew up right here in Springfield MA, born at Baystate, and raised here. I moved to Indiana while in high school and attended Purdue University for my undergraduate work and went to Indiana University for medical school.

I’ve always known I wanted to do emergency medicine; my fourth year of medical school I set out to experience as much diversity as I could in the field. I traveled the country doing four sub I’s and multiple electives. Between lifeline transport in the Midwest, ‘jaws of life training’, or running through the subways of NYC on Roosevelt EMS, I wanted to get a fuller understanding of how different institutions taught and practiced emergency medicine.

When I rotated at Baystate, it felt like home in more ways than one. The emergency department was fantastic, the entire staff worked together as a team, and teaching was a priority. By the end of my rotation I had learned so much and seen so many patients, I knew this was the place I wanted to train.

I’m really excited to be part of this team, to learn from everybody, and to help serve the patient population in the Pioneer Valley.

Lucas Grover, MD

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Lucas Grover

I am proudly born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. I went to undergrad at St. Lawrence University, majored in biochemistry, and worked as an analytical chemist before returning to UVM for medical school. I’m a pretty typical Vermonter, I love snowboarding in the winter, fly fishing in the summer, and spending time at a local brewery in any season.

I got into EMS early in college and have worked for local Rescue and Fire Departments since, making Emergency Medicine a natural transition for my specialty. What specifically attracted to me to Baystate was the strength of the EM program considering the department volume and faculty that I met during my time there, offering the equivalent of a large city program in the more attractive rural setting of western Mass, with easy access to all things outdoors. The program’s emphasis on work/life balance is important to me because while I want a challenging and intensive residency for the highest quality training, I also want time and energy at the end of the day to spend on the activities above, it’s what keeps me sane.

Connor Houghton, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Connor Houghton

Hi! I went to high school on Cape Cod and graduated afterwards from Alfred University in New York. After two years off, I attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic medicine and now I am excited to be in residency at Baystate.

I caught the EM bug during my second year of medical school when I realized it was the perfect blend of everything medicine and I haven’t looked back since. Outside of school I have been playing and teaching tennis and chess since I was 16. More recently during medical school, I developed a love for all things outdoors and have been camping and hiking all around the country. Beyond EM my life revolves around my family and two beagles, Opus and Sherlock who were both rescues from a lab.

Like everyone else I am super excited to start my residency at Baystate. As a large hospital with a huge catchment area there is no more ideal place to see a diversity of patients and experience a diversity of procedures. On top of the academic draw, the group of people here represented some of the kindest and most driven people I had had the opportunity to work with and it will be a privilege to join their ranks.

Elizabeth McClure, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth McClure

I grew up in Northern CT. I went to Williams College where I majored in Biology and Neuroscience. I then spent three years living in Stowe, VT working at a Suboxone clinic and teaching skiing. In my free time I enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and playing with dogs!

I chose Baystate because of the friendly, helpful residents, attendings, and support staff that I encountered while rotating through the Emergency Medicine and Surgery departments. I also loved the program's focus on resident wellness and the fast pace and high acuity of the emergency department. My interests in medicine include wilderness medicine and critical care.

Dr. Leanora Merwin

Leanora Merwin, DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Hi! I am originally from Oregon. When I am not in the Emergency Room you can usually find me on a mountain, paddling a river, or in the ocean! I am looking forward to joining the great people and community of Baystate and exploring a new and beautiful part of the country.

James Munger, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. James Munger

Hello, I have been a lifelong resident of the Bay State and couldn’t be more thrilled to complete my residency at Baystate Medical Center. I grew up just outside of Boston in Lexington. I attended UMass Amherst as an undergraduate where I met my wife. After UMass I earned my Masters Degree in Public Health from Tufts University. I attended medical school at the University of New England in Maine. After moving all over New England the past few years We are very excited to return to the Pioneer Valley and take advantage of all it has to offer including the scenery, restaurants, and outdoor activities.

Baystate for me was a perfect fit to complete my residency. It was the first on my list for three reasons, first its location, second its size, third its people. Being from Massachusetts I was personally interested in staying somewhat close to home to better support our growing family as my wife and I have a little baby girl named Claire. From an education perspective, the size of Baystate, and the volume of patients they treat means I will experience enough pathology to truly get an excellent education in my residency. Lastly the people including Dr. Osborne and the rest of the education staff, the other residents, the nurses and the support staff who make the program run smoothly were wonderful and professional to work with. I spent a month as a visiting student as a fourth year and I was very impressed with all the program had to offer. I can’t wait to get started!

Pooja Patel, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

Hi Everyone! I am born and raised in northern New Jersey. I’ve lived in the same house my entire life so I’m pretty much a creature of habit. I went to undergrad at Boston University and did medical school at LECOM in Florida. Although I loved warm weather year round, I was looking to be closer to home for residency and Baystate was the perfect fit.

From the pre-interview social, I knew Baystate was different. Everyone seemed extremely friendly and happy to be in this program. They were a close knit group that had relationships outside of the hospital. There were attending’s at the social which was initially intimidating, but they were all so kind and genuinely interested in getting to know the candidates. I was impressed by the level of dedication among the residency program to find their new group of residents.

Having lived in Florida for the past 4 years, I really enjoy being outdoors. I like biking, intramural kickball, and going to restaurants with outdoor seating. Luckily, I also love binge watching TV so I’ll have something to do during the long winter months I’ll be experiencing again.

I know Baystate is the best choice for me and I am excited for the adventure that is residency.

Kamil Skotnicki, MD

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

Dr. Kamil Skotnicki

Hey everyone! I grew up in NYC (and yes, I am part of the rare breed… a native New Yorker) before heading out to the cold, snow-ridden streets of Syracuse for medical school. Now I’ve found my way here to Baystate to complete my EM residency.

During my fourth year of medical school, I was fortunate enough to secure an away rotation at Baystate, which allowed me to learn a lot about the program. Who wouldn’t be impressed with the clinical exposure of a hospital with over 110,000 ED visits annually and a wide variety of pathology offered by the surrounding area? What drew me to this program was an atmosphere that can’t easily be replicated. It was an absolute pleasure working with all of the service providers and hospital staff in a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative manner. Being a part of that environment with the EM faculty and residency coordinators only reinforced what I was looking for in a residency program.

I am very excited to explore Western Mass and the new adventures that await me. And if you happen to see me on the hiking trials or hitting the ski slopes be sure to say hi!

Michael Zhou, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Zhou

Hi there! I am originally from southern California. I attended UC Berkeley for undergrad where I learned to hug trees and say “hella”, which is basically the West Coast version of “wicked”. For medical school, I moved to Boston to attend Tufts. I love music, dance, board games, and sports; especially the (forever San Diego) Chargers. My girlfriend considers herself a “foodie”, and I also love to eat, but I refuse to call myself such a ridiculous word.

I spent my entire third year at Baystate and I honestly have nothing but good things to say about our fantastic hospital and the people that work here. The culture at Baystate is warm, welcoming, and compassionate. Everyone from every service genuinely cares about both their patients and their students.

When it came to making my rank list, I knew that I would get the best training and be the happiest at Baystate. I could talk for hours about what makes Baystate great, and it all starts at the top with Dr. Osborne, the most amazing PD anyone could ask for. He is 100% invested in both our learning and well being, A1 since day 1. I promise you will not meet another PD like him on your interview trail. The faculty and the residents are all fantastic as well. They are all brilliant doctors and truly feel like a family both inside and outside the hospital. The patient population that we serve is incredibly diverse and there is an abundance of volume and acuity. The Emergency Department itself is enormous and state of the art, with all the shiny new toys you could ask for. Western Massachusetts is also a great place to live, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, not to mention all the delicious places to eat! We are only about a two hour drive from both Boston and NYC for the city mice out there, which is perfect for a day or weekend trip, without the hassle and cost of actually having to live there.

I truly love our program at Baystate, and this short blurb doesn’t do it justice. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them for you, just ask Tara for my contact info. I look forward to meeting you all at a pre-interview social!

PG3 Residents

Dr. Nafeeza Ali Nafeeza Ali, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY

Hi! My name is Nafeeza but I have come to adore the many creative variations of my name my friends have come up with.

I grew up in Trinidad, where I was fortunate to have the bare necessities, and a family that emphasized the importance of education. In 2002, my family and I immigrated to New York City. There I became a first generation college student, discovered my taste for various cuisines, became addicted to coffee, and realized how much of an adrenaline junkie I really was. While I absolutely loved being a New Yorker - and I don’t mean someone who’s a snob, just a busy-body who is accepting of everyone’s gender, race and culture, I realized that whenever I wanted to do a lot of things I enjoyed such as hiking, snowboarding, or going to amusement parks, I had to drive at least 2 hours.

During medical school, I was able to find the love of my life, someone with similar interests who also independently realized how much fun Emergency Medicine was as a specialty. As we embarked on the interview trail with the challenge of couple’s matching in the same specialty, we kept an open mind but knew that since residency wasn’t going to be easy, we needed to live close to the things we liked doing.

During the Program Director’s introduction to what the EM Residency was like at Baystate, we were mesmerized. BMC had everything I was looking for in a program – the ability to provide care for an incredibly diverse patient population, a chance for me to be an advocate for an underserved community, a level one trauma center for both adult and pediatric patients, incredible fellowship opportunities for me to take my career to the next level, a limit on the number of other residencies that would allow me to become a more skilled EM physician, and most importantly a warm, friendly, supportive group of ED docs committed to teaching and practicing evidence based medicine forming the program leadership.

So far, life in Western Massachusetts has been a dream-come-true. My husband and I are so happy we were able to couple’s match at Baystate Medical Center. The program has so much to offer and continues to impress us every day. Living in Northampton, I am thrilled to say I get the best of both worlds – I can still walk to the supermarket and go out to eat whenever I want but I am so much closer to Six Flags and access to so many awesome outdoor activities.

Dr. Jesper Aurup Jesper Aurup, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY

In my time I have lived in many unique areas from rural to surburbia to big cities. I was born in Denmark, lived in England and moved to New Jersey in the States. I majored in Biomedical Engineering during my undergraduate education at The College of New Jersey and went to medical school at Einstein in the Bronx.

All of my experiences through the different times of my life helped to influence my decision why I wanted to join Baystate EM. The culture in the EM residency at Baystate was not toxic, rather it is focused on your furthering education as a physician. The leadership seemed more focused on your individual wellness and success than moving the meat through the ED.

They serve a diverse demographic of patients from many different countries and backgrounds, from those patients who have nothing at all to those who the means to see a slew of specialists and primary care physicians. I feel that this is TRUE patient diversity and will most adequately help me to be ready as an attending to take care of anything that comes into the ED. True patient diversity and a supportive culture at a regional encatchment center where you are at times the only show in town made Baystate the obvious choice to train at. 

Dr. Kara BarkerKara Barker, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME

I am Kara. I am so excited to be completing my EM residency here at Baystate!

My path to medicine has definitely not been a traditional one. My undrgrad degree is in business and I spent many years working in small start up technology companies. I held a variety of positions, had the opportunity to travel the world and worked in many different types of environments. But I could never shake the feeling I had made a mistake by not pursuing medical school. After my last position in business, which required me to spend a significant amount of time shadowing doctors for the development of a healthcare specific software application, I decided I could not spend one more day wishing I had pursued my dream of becoming a doctor. And so the journey began.

During my medical school clinical rotations, I fell in love with emergency medicine. I was really inspired by the fast paced environment, the team based approach to patient care, and the variety of medical conditions treated in the ED. And then during fourth year of med school, I had the opportunity to rotate in the EM department at Baystate. After my first shift, I knew immediately this was the place I wanted to be. Everyone was extremely friendly, welcoming, intelligent, inclusive, comitted to teaching and the list goes on. And while Baystate is a large and extremely busy facility, I was so impressed with the close-knit collaborative culture of the residency program. People work extremely hard but also have a ton of fun together. And did I mention the comittment to teaching?

If you are intetested in Baystate and all Wester MA has to offer, I highly encourage you to come check us out! 

Dr. Jonathan Chinea Jonathan Chinea, DO

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Hola! I’m from sunny Miami, FL and probably the only Cuban who doesn’t speak Spanish-judge silently please. Originally from Chicago but moved to Miami when I was a kid. So when it was time to start applying to residency programs I heard the calling of the Great North. I am so happy that I am back up in the area, however, still trying to get used to these “seasons” they speak of. At least now I can focus on skiing and hiking instead of watching the latest tropical depression become a reason to board up the house. Ahh, right the reason I came to Baystate: Because why not?

I researched residency programs like crazy and honestly they all started to blur, all good programs, but a blur nonetheless. Then I came across Baystate’s website and I got this tug in my gut. So I followed Stephen Colbert’s advice and came here for an interview. And guess what my future friends, it did not disappoint. The residents, attendings and program director (no oxford comma, that’s how I roll) blended into this sea of jovial camaraderie where everyone knew how to have a good time, not take themselves seriously but took medicine seriously. I felt at home immediately. So much so that I scheduled an Ultrasound rotation the month after I hoped I would match here so I could look for a place and get to know everyone-highly recommended.

I could go on for pages about why Baystate having high acuity and volume, great amounts of autonomy, excellent work-life balance and hands down the best attendings and program director make it a top program. At the end its basically where do you feel like you belong and for me it was here, hence the top ranked position on my list. To be serious for a moment, I really did research heavily all my programs and I couldn’t find that one criteria that objectively made one program stand out as “the best”. I agonized for hours, days on how best to objectively rank my programs. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, as Stephen Colbert said, “the truth lies right down in the gut”. So I did and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. However, with all this gut talk I’m in the mood for some chicken tikka masala. Seriously check this place out and listen to your gut when it says welcome to your new medicine family! 

Dr. Sean Devanney Sean Devanney, MD

University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, FL

Hi everyone! I grew up in sunny South Florida where I was a competitive swimmer for many years. I received my B.S. in molecular biology and M.S. in biomedical science. I attended medical school at the University of Central Florida in Orlando near the home of Mickey Mouse.

I am very excited to join the Baystate family. I had an opportunity to do an away rotation at Baystate during my 4th yr and absolutely fell in love with the program and wonderful faculty and residents. You'll be hard pressed to find a better group of people to work with and learn from in a busy ED. Do an away here if you can, you will love it.

My wife and our 3 dogs are all looking forward to enjoying this beautiful city and all the hiking and outdoor activities New England has to offer.

Dr. Donald Einck Donald Einck, MD

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Hello everyone! I am very excited to be starting my residency at Baystate. It is a program with great leadership and awesome residents. I was drawn to Baystate because of its reputation - I worked with a new attending at another program who had just graduated from Baystate. He only had positive things to say and told me I would love this program.

I am also excited to be back in the "happy valley". I met my wife here when we were both undergrads at UMass. After four years in Washington DC, we are glad to be back in New England. We love doing anything outdoors and this area does not disappoint - whether it's a weekend backpacking trip, a day of climbing, skiing, or just taking the dog for a walk - the area and weather here is perfect for all four seasons.

I decided on emergency medicine because of the variety. It affords the challenges of taking care of highly acute patients, managing complicated cases, and understanding a wide breath of pathologies. I am glad that I will be able to take care of many different types of patients: men and women, kids and older folks - the ER accepts all customers. I enjoy the quick pace of the emergency department and, most of all, the camaraderie that it takes to bring quality healthcare to our patients. 

Dr. Daniel Fay Daniel Fay, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

I grew up outside of Boston and attended Providence College for undergrad. I then moved back to Boston where I went to medical school at Tufts and began active duty service in the Navy. After graduation I completed an internship year with the Navy in Portsmouth, VA. I was then stationed in Groton, CT for training and Portsmouth, NH where I worked as an Undersea Medical Officer.

My wife and I have 2 young daughters and a yellow lab. Formerly, I enjoyed scuba diving, working on cars, off-roading and watching the Red Sox. But now I mostly spend my time changing diapers, drinking pretend tea, watching Frozen over and over and serving as a human jungle gym.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to train at Baystate. My travels within the Navy have reinforced how important people and atmosphere are in any training or work environment. From what I experienced at Baystate during my interview and from what I've learned from current and former residents, Baystate consistently attracts a personable and cohesive group of doctors and I'm thrilled to join the ranks.

Patrick Felton, MD

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Dr. Ruth Hambrecht Ruth Hambrecht, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

I was born in Leominster, MA, but don’t ask me where that is in relation to Springfield as I am directionally challenged. My family moved around a lot, but I mostly grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. I left the Midwest for undergrad in Philadelphia¬ and stayed for work and then medical school at Drexel. During my free time, I enjoy watching and quoting action movies, playing soccer, watching sporting events especially the Olympics, eating international food with my husband, visiting beautiful nature spots, and goofing around with my niece and nephew over Skype.

I chose Baystate for several reasons. The program has everything I wanted for EM training: a truly diverse patient population, amazing trauma exposure, camaraderie inside and outside the ED, happy and healthy residents, autonomy within the wider hospital system, and a rigorous academic and clinical curriculum. Beyond all of my spreadsheet-type requirements, Baystate was the only place among the many programs I was considering where I felt at home. 

Dr. Daniel LeivaDaniel Leiva, DO

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL

My name is Danny Leiva and I’m a graduate from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. Let me begin by saying that I’m incredibly excited and fortunate to have matched in to emergency medicine at Baystate! If it’s any indication, two of my medical school classmates messaged me after seeing I had matched here telling me how awesome their rotations at Baystate were and that they were just disappointed they couldn't rank Baystate higher due to other things they had to take into consideration like their spouse’s job.

To begin with, I was impressed by how friendly and outgoing the other residents were at the social. Right off the bat you could tell how honest and happy they were at Baystate. The interview day was well organized and gave me a chance to learn about some of the great features found here: new emergency medicine facilities (with at least three different types of ultrasound machines) organized in a logical fashion, in-house pediatric rotation and moonlighting opportunities, the presence of a good elective schedule during second and third year allowing me to explore wilderness and international medicine, and the emphasis on resident well-being including an orientation month with a program-wide resident retreat to facilitate an environment of camaraderie. I was also impressed with things that are actively being developed like the creation of the research fellowship position this year and the increase in NIH grant funding. This demonstrated to me that the program wasn’t content with stagnation.

Regarding the location, I’ve really enjoyed living in Western Massachusetts. There is a good amount of development going on in Easthampton where I’m currently staying including multiple breweries with a hydroponic restaurant/park location being completed at Mill 180, the Manhan Rail Trail (a six-mile paved path running through Easthampton connecting to other trail networks in the region), and the proximity to Mount Tom and Northampton. Western Mass. is also about an hour-and-a-half West of Boston and two-and-a-half hours North of NY, NY. 

Dr. Sulynn MachadoSulynn Machado, MD

Hofstra North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Hey there! I’m Sulynn, but you can call me Suly. I’m a Miami girl, born and raised. In case you are wondering what I am doing here in the very cold Northeast, a long way from that warm Miami weather…My love for the area began as soon as I visited and then attended Amherst College. I ventured closer to a shore line for Medical School, which I attended in Long Island, NY. When considering a place for residency there was no question that it was meant to be Baystate, even though it is far from shorelines and sunny winters.

As soon as I interviewed at Baystate I immediately knew it was the perfect fit for me. There was no doubt from my pre-interview meet and greet that the Baystate EM program is a family, which is extremely important to me. It was clear that they had developed relationships that extended outside of the hospital. I also knew that at this program would expose me to a wide range of pathology and give me the foundation to be the best Emergency medicine doctor I could be.

I do have a life outside of the hospital (hopefully) and really enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and riding bike. Western Mass is known for these things, and I am looking forward to taking advantage of it, even if only for a few months of the year. There’s nothing more rewarding than catching your own fish then cooking it for dinner! 

Nicolas Monte, MD

University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

Dr. Jonathan MorganJonathan Morgan, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

I grew up in eastern Massachusetts and did undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh. I started working as an EMT just outside of Pittsburgh during college, and have been bit with the emergency medicine bug ever since. After college I spent a couple of years doing mostly fun things: I worked at a yacht club, on a ski patrol, as a medical assistant, and as an EMT, and just before starting med school I became a paramedic. Medical school pulled me to Florida, but I am very happy to have escaped the fire-swamp state for home. Now I live in Easthampton with my wife, who teaches music in West Springfield, and our brown dog, Penny.

I am thrilled to be at Baystate. As a student I loved my rotation here: I was challenged but supported, I saw more sick patients then anywhere else I rotated (both adults and peds), and I truly looked forward to every shift. I saw a ton of resuscitations, traumas, and complicated patients, and I saw them all handled essentially autonomously by an impressive group of residents. This is definitely a program where you learn by doing, and that is exactly what I was looking for. Additionally, there is great comradery among the residents, the PD and faculty are amazingly supportive and clearly enjoy teaching, and the department is set up so you can focus on learning medicine rather than fighting logistic obstacles.

Location was a big priority when choosing a residency; my wife and I didn’t want to live in a big city, and Baystate is perfect for us. At work I get the population-dense urban area to provide volume and acuity, but a short traffic-free commute away is home, across from a farm in Easthampton. Hiking/skiing/river-activities/good food/breweries/nice downtowns are in our backyard or close by (selected skiing distances, for those who care: small mountain called Berkshire East about 45 min, Mt. Snow/Stratton/Magic ≤90min, Sugarbush/Stowe/MRG <3hr). Springfield and Hartford provide city activities, and Boston and the coast are an easy drive away.

Baystate is where I wanted to be, and I know I am going to leave well trained and happy. I couldn’t ask for more from a program. If this all sounds great (and it should!), give Baystate a good look, and feel free to relay any questions you have. 

Dr. Amir TabibniaAmir Tabibnia, DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Hey I’m Amir, and I made it all the way over here from the West Coast (the best coast!). I’m from SoCal, and spent most of my life taking in the glorious sun in LA and San Diego. I went to undergrad at SDSU where I majored in Kinesiology, then completed my medical degree at WesternU. As if 4 yrs. of med school weren’t enough, I crazily decided to add another year and pursued a pre-doctoral fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (ended up being an amazing decision). Things I’m passionate about: traveling, cooking, outdoor sports/activities, playing piano and guitar, spending time with family and friends. Definitely consider myself a foodie and audiophile.

I spent a month at Baystate for an away rotation in Ultrasound during medical school. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Baystate is the complete package! One overarching theme places Baystate above the rest… extremely intelligent, and more importantly, extremely kind and dedicated attending and residents. Honestly, I was really taken by surprise by the outstanding group cohesiveness and support that takes place here. In addition, Baystate has all the good stuff, which makes it a phenomenal place to train, including: brand new 94 bed ED, impressively busy Level 1 Trauma Center, extremely advanced Ultrasound department (2-3 machines in each pod), dedicated pediatric ED, diverse and critical pathology, lots and lots of exposure to trauma, and 5 EM fellowships in house.

I’m confident Baystate will give me the education, experience, and guidance to becoming the best Emergency Physician possible. Pursuing Emergency Medicine is a dream come true for me, and I am looking forward to giving back to Baystate, what I know they will give me in these next three years.