Department of Pediatrics


759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199

Welcome from the Chairportrait of dr. charlotte boney

As Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UMass Chan Medical School Baystate and Pediatrician-in-Chief of Baystate Children’s Hospital, it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to our department webpage.

Baystate Children’s Hospital (BCH) is the only accredited children’s hospital delivering tertiary care to infants, children, and adolescents in western Massachusetts. Our vision is to create a better world for children in Western Mass by reducing health care disparities, treating illness and restoring/maintaining wellness.

Here are a few interesting facts about BCH and the pediatrics department:

The Hospital

BCH is a “hospital within a hospital” l. You'll find us located within Baystate Medical Center, a large academic medical center with the region’s only level 1 trauma center.

  • We have 107 inpatient beds
    • 55 beds are in the Level III neonatal intensive care unit.
    • 7 are in the pediatric intensive care unit.
    • 45 are in the children and adolescents unit.
  • We have the only pediatric-specific emergency department in the region.
  • Our subspecialists have out-patient practices at Baystate Children’s Specialty Center (BCSC), a state of the art facility close to the main hospital campus.

The Department

Our Department provides the majority of inpatient and subspecialty pediatric care in western Mass.

  • Our department has approximately 70 physicians in 15 subspecialties.
  • The pediatric faculty focuses on clinical care and medical education, and publishing 30 to 40 articles, book chapters and reviews a year.
  • Many of our general pediatrics, genetics, and neonatology faculty also do clinical research.

We're extremely focused on the community we live and work in. Over 50 percent of the pediatricians in this community trained at Baystate, and it's our mission to train pediatricians that will care for the children here in western Massachusetts.

-Charlotte Boney, MD, MS, Department Chair

Our Mission

  • Deliver safe, high quality pediatric care, including inpatient and subspecialty care to children in western Massachusetts and primary care to underserved families in the greater Springfield area
  • Train the next generation of pediatricians through our Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -accredited pediatrics and combined medicine-pediatric residency programs
  • Educate medical students in the foundations of pediatrics
  • Contribute new knowledge and clinical insights to the field of pediatrics


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Pediatric Electives for Fourth-Year Medical Students

We encourage fourth-year medical students to round out their medical education with electives in specialty and sub-specialty areas. And we offer a number of opportunities to take electives and participate in rotations in the pediatric specialty service areas of Baystate Health.

The electives we offer include:

  • Neonatal intensive care unity acting internship
  • Pediatric acting internship
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Pediatric intensive care unity acting internship
  • Pediatric subspecialties
  • Pediatric surgery acting internship
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Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Every medical student needs to complete a core clinical clerkship. Typically, you do this in your third year of medical school. In the pediatrics core clerkship, you’ll care for patients 21 years of age and younger, in inpatient and outpatient settings. This clerkship focuses on general pediatrics, but you can also care for patients with sub-specialty needs.
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Our Publications

Our students and faculty regularly publish in well-known medical and scientific journals with global reach. Their articles address pediatric clinical questions and include research and resources that can benefit the entire pediatrics medical community, and the patients you treat.

Western Mass: A Great Place to Live and Learn

With the amenities of a big city and the ambiance of a small town, Springfield is a beautiful slice of New England, with affordable communities, excellent quality of life, and abundant recreational and cultural amenities. Whether you're into history, art and culture, outdoor pursuits, or natural beauty, you'll never run out of things to do.

You Belong Here
Deliver a higher state of caring with a career at Baystate Health. Be part of a professional, diverse team that's committed to excellence in everything they do.

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