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Internal Medicine Chief Residents' Message

Welcome!

We are glad that you have taken an interest in UMMS-Baystate and our Internal Medicine residency program. Our residency training here was one of the most robust and rewarding training experiences that we could have imagined, which we believe is in large part due to the people who make up our program.

Our residents, faculty, and staff at UMMS-Baystate work closely together to create a positive environment that facilitates quality patient care and fosters learning at every level of residency.

Dedication to Medical Education, Innovation, and Professional Development

We are proud of our many innovations in medical education. We have one of the first dedicated academic half days developed nationwide. Our ‘Learner-Manager-Teacher Model’ fosters resident development in each stage of their career as residents, allowing for graded autonomy and the confidence to conquer any challenges post-residency. We serve one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and we do so with excellence.

Our commitment to the 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, 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.

Cutting-edge Informatics and Technology

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.

Our Community

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 plain 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 of historical sites, museums, the Basketball Hall of Fame and more recently, an MGM casino. Public transportation makes a weekend escape to nearby cities including New York City, Boston, and Providence very convenient.

Chiefs' Vision

As the chief residents of our program, we plan to continue the tradition of innovative education and quality patient care while continuing to foster and promote professional development through our case report and research curriculum, US curriculum, and through encouraging public speaking opportunities for our residents.

Residency inherently is a challenging step in the continuation of your medical training.

Contact Us

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

Internal Medicine Chief Residents

Left to right: Anna Clarke MD, Prarthna Bhardwaj MD, and Maya Abdallah MD