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Faculty Development Opportunities

Baystate is committed to investing in the professional development of our medical faculty.

Medical Professional Society Annual Meeting Dates

Annual Meetings of medical professional societies, (e.g., the Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Surgeons) provide excellent venues to showcase faculty scholarship through oral presentations, workshops, and posters. The meetings also offer an opportunity for faculty to engage with colleagues nationally or regionally, develop professional networks, and obtain leadership roles in one’s discipline.

The Office of Faculty Affairs has compiled a list of specialty-specific annual meeting time frames and submission deadlines (where available).

Please email Dr. Tara Catanzano, Associate Director of Academic Career Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs, with questions or additions to the attached list.

BERST Academy

Baystate Education Research and Scholarship of Teaching (BERST) Academy is an interprofessional community of educators at Baystate Health. The mission of BERST Academy is to teach the teachers and celebrate the power of education.

Any Baystate employee who teaches residents, students, or colleagues, and who seeks to improve their teaching skills can apply for membership in one of the following roles:

  • Teacher: Member of Baystate community who teaches—formally or informally, regularly or sporadically
  • Leader: Member of Baystate community who has a demonstrated interest in, or holds a leadership position in education
  • Scholar: Member of Baystate community who has a record of conducting and/or mentoring educational scholarship

BERST Academy offers:

  • Access to a community of like-minded educators and leaders in health professions education
  • Invitation to professional development activities such as the Winter and Summer Sessions, Education Day, and the Peer Observation of Teaching Program (POP)
  • Mentorship and guidance around educational research and innovations

For more information, visit or email

Mentors Matter

Mentors Matter is a peer-mentoring program for physician-faculty at the Assistant Professor level who are, preferably, 5 years into their academic appointments. Its aims are to:

  • support the academic and organizational advancement of participants
  • cultivate the next generation of mentors

The program involves one half-day session per month for ten months. Session topics include:

  • What makes a good mentor?
  • Career development: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Academic promotion: Where do we stand, how can we help each other succeed?
  • Getting the right work done
  • Getting what we want
  • Vitality: Do you have it in your career?
  • How are you as a teacher?
  • What makes a great leader?
  • Work life balance: Can you have it all?

For more information, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at 413-794-9551.

Physician Leadership Academy

We offer an annual Physician Leadership Academy dedicated to cultivating emerging physician leaders. The program involves one full-day session every two weeks over the course of five months. Session topics include:

  • Active listening
  • Challenging Conversations
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Strategy/Out of the Box Thinking
  • Leading Provider Performance
  • Managing Competing Commitments

For more information, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at 413-794-9551.

Continuing Medical Education

Our Office of Continuing Interprofessional Education is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. We offer:

  • regional seminar and conferences
  • certification courses
  • grand rounds and department lectures
  • free accredited internet courses