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Med-Peds Chief Residents' Message

Welcome to UMMS-Baystate’s Med-Peds Residency Program! We are excited for you to explore why we are so proud to be here for our training.

Educational Excellence

Beyond making lifelong friends and colleagues, residency is about preparing us to become outstanding physicians in whichever career path we choose. UMMS-Baystate is the tertiary care center in Western Massachusetts, extending its catchment area into New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Baystate is unique in that the sole responsibility of our academic hospitalists, in both internal medicine and pediatrics, is to teach us residents. We have a Learner-Manager-Teacher educational model on the wards that allows us to develop graduated autonomy and confidence in caring for our patients. There are many opportunities provided by the program to get involved in research, QI projects, case reports, and poster presentations. Additional opportunities are available to learn and practice skills in ultrasound, advocacy, teaching, and mentorship. We are proud to be an integral part of our dedicated med-peds clinic Mason Square, which was the first med-peds clinic in the country! Mason Square not only strives to provide excellent primary care for one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it also has a wealth of on-site resources including laboratory and radiology services, tuberculosis clinic, procedure clinic, diabetes clinic, WIC, and dental services. You will find many of our graduates in careers ranging from local to global, urban to rural, generalist to subspecialist, and our residents receive dedicated support from our program administration to help us reach our career aspirations. We truly believe no matter the career you are working towards, UMMS-Baystate will readily prepare and help support you there.

The People

If you were to poll our residents about what brought them to Baystate, you will often hear about the people. Our program is comprised of eight residents per class whose homes span across the continent and even the Pacific Ocean! For many of us, Baystate is our home away from home and our tight-knit bonds develop across the different classes so that we are constantly surrounded by many pillars of support. These relationships start with the numerous icebreaker events, welcome BBQs, and camping trips at the beginning of the year and continue with ongoing social events including our annual switch party and resident retreats. Every incoming intern is paired with a fellow med-peds peer mentor from the beginning of the year to guide them through the inevitable ups and downs of internship. Many of these mentor-mentee relationships have continued beyond graduation, which is a testament to the strength of these bonds formed during these years. We also form strong relationships with our categorical internal medicine and pediatric residents, with whom we are working side-by-side throughout residency. After work, it is common to find us spending time together having dinner, hiking, playing board games, or winning prizes at trivia. Our supportive family does not stop with the residents; our beloved program directors and coordinators all provide unending administrative, clinical, career, and emotional guidance when we need it most. Not to mention, the med-peds office is always well-stocked with espresso and snacks! Being one of the largest residency programs at Baystate, we are fortunate to have an established presence where we are taught by many med-peds trained faculty who have graduated from Baystate as well.

The Community

Western Massachusetts is a fantastic place to live! Springfield itself is full of museums, historical sites, the Basketball Hall of Fame, hockey games, MGM casino, the annual New England “Big E” fair, and a variety of delicious restaurants to hit up after a day at work. As you head north into the Pioneer Valley, you can find yourself exploring the cozy towns of Easthampton, Holyoke, Hadley, and Amherst, each with great eats, bakeries, or ice cream. A unique town that is a must-see is Northampton, voted as one of the Best Small Cities in America in 2018. There are many nearby areas for hiking, swimming, skiing, and biking to keep you busy at all times of the year. As you head south into Connecticut, you will pass the perfectly groomed sidewalks in East Longmeadow, grab a season pass to Six Flags, find yourself at the summer concert series at Xfinity Theatre, or enjoying a Broadway Touring Company at The Bushnell Theatre. Our location also makes it convenient to travel for a day or weekend away to big cities such as Boston, Albany, Providence, and NYC. We are 30 minutes away from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, which makes long-distance or international travel very accessible.

No matter where you end up training to become a med-peds physician, it is an extremely rewarding and worthwhile career! If you have any questions about Baystate or med-peds, we would be happy to help you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We hope that we have gotten you excited to apply to UMMS-Baystate Med-Peds Residency, and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely,

Med-Peds Chief Residents, 2019-2020

Dr. Christopher Lumpkin Dr. Carly Martiniano Dr. Jessica Yuen
Christopher Lumpkin, MD Carly Martiniano, MD Jessica Yuen, MD