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Surgery Chief Residents' Message

Thank you for your interest in our Surgical Residency here at Baystate Medical Center! We have an expanding program that offers a wide range of surgical experiences, including a strong foundation in general surgery and exposure to a wide range of sub-specialty care.

Our residency strikes the right balance of operative, clinical, and research experiences. We also have a dedicated simulation center with laparoscopic and endoscopic training programs, as well as patient simulation scenarios that our junior residents utilize both during “intern boot camp” and throughout the year. Nearly all faculty members conduct clinical research, and every resident is encouraged to participate in projects. Many of our residents present their research at prestigious conferences every year! We also have an option for two years of clinical or basic science research after our PGY-2 year.

As our training progresses, we spend more time clinically managing critically ill and trauma patients, while also gaining advanced operative skills in vascular, oncology, thoracic, pediatric, plastics, and transplant surgery. We have consistent exposure to minimally invasive general surgery (laparoscopic, robotic, foregut, hernia, and bariatric) and colorectal surgery (both open and minimally invasive techniques). Lastly, our Emergency General Surgery service continues to grow and offers a broad range of surgical pathologies, ranging from “bread and butter” general surgery to more urgent yet complex cases. We have also added elective rotations, during which time we can have further exposure to specialties like endoscopy or cardiac surgery.

Our residents are a unified and supportive group of colleagues. We enjoy what we do and take pride in our work. We find time to focus on wellness and enjoy the outdoors in western Massachusetts, take weekend drives, or spend time with each other after work just to decompress and have fun.

Good luck to you all, and please do not hesitate to contact our program with any questions. Phone Margarita Fuentes at 413-794-5165 or email her at, or phone Joy Isotti at 413-794-4698 or email her at

We look forward to meeting you!

2022 Chief Resident Class

Meagan Derbyshire, Francesca Izzo, Alex Lin, Timothy Morley, Diana Pratt, Brandon Smith, Kryscilla Yang