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Surgery Residency Program Director's Message

Dr. Neal SeymourAs Program Director, my charge is to constantly work to take the quality of surgical training to a higher level. The development and maintenance of excellence in surgical education is an ongoing process and one that has produced a track record of great success for Baystate graduates.

The tradition of education at this institution is a rich one. We have 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 as a Level I American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes
  • the Goldberg Lab's status as an FLS and an FES Testing Center
  • faculty members’ contributions to surgical education literature on simulation and skills assessment
  • faculty members' authorship of portions of nationally recognized resident and medical student skills curricula
  • faculty leadership roles in regional and national organizations focused on surgical education

The magnitude of our responsibility to the residents at Baystate is enormous. Faculty members’ commitment is evident in their participation in the comprehensive curriculum and the quality of the teaching that residents receive. Structured advisorships with faculty members are established from the first day of residency. These evolve to strong professional mentorships aimed at facilitating resident achievement of career goals, whether this requires completion of a scholarly work, development of a quality improvement effort, or honing a clinical skillset, to use a few examples.

Resident wellness and resiliency have together been a major area of programmatic focus, understanding that progress toward a great educational outcome for a surgeon in training should not be to the detriment of health or happiness.

The Program emphasizes clinical excellence and incremental development of all core competencies through active learning, using progressive educational methods such as simulation, advanced assessment, reflective learning and feedback, as well as the fostering of resident teaching skills.

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 the large urban tertiary care facility.

Completion of training at Baystate has positioned graduates to enter highly competitive fellowship training positions, and graduates of the 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, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Adjunct Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine