You are using an older version of Internet Explorer that is not supported on this site. Please upgrade for the best experience.

Internal Medicine Chief Residents' Message


We are very excited to welcome you to our UMMS-Baystate Internal Medicine residency family. You have all done absolutely amazing things to get here, and we couldn’t be prouder to welcome such an outstanding group of new physicians. We expect you will excel as the newest members of our residency family. We look forward to introducing you to everyone and sharing the legacy of many of our current and former residents who have shaped the residency into the robust and supportive program that it is today.


We are proud of our many innovations in medical education. We have one of the first dedicated academic half days developed nationwide. Additionally, our unique ‘Learner-Manager-Teacher Model’ fosters resident development at each stage, and allows for graded autonomy to build the confidence needed to conquer any challenge post-residency.

Our commitment to personal and professional development of residents has led to the creation of a number of career tracks that allow our residents to grow, not only as physicians but as professionals—Research, Social Justice, Quality Improvement, Humanities, Medical Education, and Hospital Medicine Tracks. Our graduates have gone on to academic and community careers in primary care, hospital medicine, and many subspecialties.


With an eye to the future of medicine, Baystate has been a pioneer in the implementation of medical technology. Our community benefits from several in-house apps that range from an encrypted secure text messaging system to HIPAA-compliant image uploading for more efficient and safer patient care. Our state-of the art Simulation Center is also an integral part of resident education.


We take great pride in the diversity of our house staff. Despite a relatively small size, we are a group of individuals hailing from a wide variety of backgrounds and from different countries. One of the greatest strengths of our program is the camaraderie that residents share, something that has drawn most of our residents to the program. This stems from our collective commitment to take exceptional care of our patients, each other, the program, and ourselves.

Western Massachusetts is a place that has something to offer everyone. It is gorgeous—from the green hills of the Berkshires to the stunning foliage along the Mohawk Trail, America’s first (and best!) scenic automobile route. Springfield boasts historical sites, museums, the Basketball Hall of Fame and more recently, an MGM casino. Springfield neighbors other great cities including Northampton, Amherst and the whole Five College Area. Many of our residents spend time there enjoying restaurants, breweries, music venues and a stunning rail trail for biking and hiking. Public transportation makes a weekend escape to nearby cities including New York City, Boston, and Providence very convenient.


As the chief residents of our program, we plan to continue the tradition of innovative education and quality patient care while fostering and promoting professional development through our case report, research, and ultrasound curriculum. We can’t wait to watch you grow into confident, competent and independent physicians who will continue to push the needle forward and positively impact the field of medicine. Thank you for choosing us to support you along the way.


If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to reach out to us at We look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely Your Chiefs,
Neil, Caitlyn and Ritika

Dr. Neil Devoe Walia-Ritika
Dr. Caitlyn Wasserman
Neil Devoe, DO Ritika Walia, MD Caitlyn Wasserman, MD