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Surgery Residency Program Director's Message

Dr. Neal SeymourAs Program Director, my most important charge is the development and maintenance of excellence in surgical education at Baystate.  The tradition of education at this institution is a rich one, and the Department of Surgery has historically been at the forefront of undergraduate and postgraduate medical training endeavors at local, regional, and national levels.  Among the noteworthy achievements are:

  • certification of our Simulation Center in the early wave of approvals of Level I American College of Surgeons Education Institutes
  • the Department's early adopter status of the SCORE curriculum
  • the Goldberg Lab's status as an FLS testing center and FES beta site
  • Baystate faculty members' authorship of significant portions of the ACS-APDS Surgical Skills Curricula
  • a senior faculty member's past presidency of the Association for Surgical Education

The magnitude of our responsibility to the surgical residency and residents is enormous, and the most powerful evidence of faculty commitment lies in the comprehensive curriculum that is used to direct educational efforts through the progression from the earliest intern experience to our Chief Residents' graduation.  

The curriculum emphasizes clinical excellence and incremental development of all core competencies through a process of active learning, while making extensive use of progressive educational methods such as simulation, advanced and extensive assessment, reflective learning and feedback, as well as the fostering of resident teaching skills. All of these strengths position our program to flourish under the "Next Accreditation System" which was implemented in 2014. 

The resident operative case experience is large and comprehensive.  While most of this experience is gained at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center provides an approved training site for a rural community hospital experience to complement that of the large urban tertiary care facility.  Completion of training at Baystate has positioned graduates to enter highly competitive fellowship training positions, and residents in the Baystate program have gone on to highly successful careers in academic, community, international, and military practice. 


Neal E. Seymour, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Medical Director, Baystate Simulation Center
Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine