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Faculty Development Opportunities

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

Professional Development Resources

Local, regional and national faculty development programs for early, mid and senior careers are listed, along with a brief description and contact information.

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.

We have compiled a list of specialty-specific annual meetings with time frames and submission deadlines.

Research Faculty Development Program

The RFDP is a collaborative initiative of UMMS-Baystate’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Office of Research to train faculty in effective research design and grant-writing to broaden Baystate’s investigative and external funding capabilities.

The RFDP curriculum combines didactic lectures, workshops, small group discussions, and a mentored pilot grant proposal.

2018 RFDP Scholars (pdf)

Physician Leadership Academy

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers a biannual Physician Leadership Academy (PLA) to cultivate emerging physician leaders. The curriculum combines didactic lectures, small group discussion and a mentored project. The program involves one full-day session every two weeks over the course of five months. Session topics include:

  • Challenging Conversations
  • Managing Competing Commitments
  • Transitioning from Clinician to Physician Leader
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Culture of Safety
  • Academic Strategic Career Planning

For more information, please contact Frank Lovelock, Senior Consultant for Physician Leadership, Development, and Engagement at or at 413-794-9551.

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 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.

Women Advancing & Achieving in Medicine

Women Advancing & Achieving in Medicine (WAAM) is comprised of Baystate women physicians and mid-level providers.

WAAM's network of successful female healthcare providers serve as a resource to:

  • Promote the academic and leadership advancement of women providers
  • Optimize the recruitment and retention of diverse talent
  • Ensure that female providers have access to effective mentors and opportunities for skill development

For more information, email Susan Mirolli, WAAM Administrative Assistant.