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Internal Medicine Chief Residents' Message


We are very excited to welcome you to the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate Internal Medicine residency. You have all done amazing things to get where you are, and we could not be more excited to meet such an outstanding group of new physicians. 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.

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. 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 state-of the art Simulation Center is also an integral part of resident education where we conduct weekly sim sessions for interns and managers focusing on unstable patients, often led with the help of our teachers.

Regarding our education and curriculum, we have morning report in the inpatient and ambulatory setting most days of the week. Residents also have dedicated “academic half day” on every Tuesday from 1:00PM-5:00PM, where they take part in lectures, team-based leaning activities, wellness activities, board review, ultrasound and tracks sessions.

We take pride in training well-rounded physicians and our graduates have gone on to academic and community careers in primary care, hospital medicine, and many subspecialties- there is really something for everyone!

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 and support 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 is neighbor to 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.

Chiefs' Vision

As the chief residents of our program, we plan to continue the tradition of innovative education, quality patient care, and fostering professional development through our case reports, ultrasound curriculum, and intensive board review.

We cannot 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!

Contact Us

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,
Gabriella, Aleezay, and Zaid

Portrait of Gabriella Primera, DO
Portrait of Dr. Aleezay Asghar
 Dr Zaid Obaida
Gabriella Primera, DO Aleezay Asghar, MD Zaid Obaida, MD