Ways to Get Involved at UMass Chan-Baystate

Want to Get Involved in Research?

Clinical Trials Support

Want to advance medical knowledge and make state-of-the-art treatments available to our patients? The Baystate Clinical Trials Office (CTO) welcomes the involvement of faculty who want to promote or lead cutting-edge research. The CTO can also help identify resources to support your clinical trials. Contact CTOstaffOld@baystatehealth.org for more information.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Core (EBRC)

Do you have a research question you want to study but are not sure where to start? Do you need help with data analysis or a current project? The EBRC is a team of epidemiologists and statisticians who help clinicians undertake research by providing guidance on research methods and analysis. Staff of the EBRC have expertise in study design for clinical research, data analysis, sample size estimation, database creation and management, and other research methods. Questions about the services and support that are offered may be directed to Paul Visintainer at Paul.Visintainer@baystateheath.org.

Internal Grant Funding

Have an idea for an external grant but need pilot data to convince a funder? Want to buy some clinical time to write a research grant? The Research Pilot Award Program (RPAP) and Grant Development Award Program (GDAP) facilitate sponsored research that advances the safety, quality, patient experience access, equity, and value of the patient care we deliver. Contact Paul.Visintainer@baystatehealth.org for details.

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

Any research conducted at Baystate involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the HRPP. They will help you navigate the regulations and compliance to ensure that research is conducted ethically and participants’ rights and welfare are protected. Contact the HRPP Office at HumanResearch@baystatehealth.org.

QI Methodology & Learning Health Systems (LHS)

LHS Rounds is a monthly venue where members of the Division of Healthcare Quality, Operations Excellence, Clinical Informatics, EBRC, and the Department of Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences collaborate with clinicians from across Baystate Health to address topics of high strategic importance to our health system. If you have topics, suggestions, or feedback, please contact Dr. Lauren Westafer at Lauren.Westafer@baystatehealth.org or Aubri Drake Aubri.Drake@baystatehealth.org.

Want to Get Involved in Teaching Medical Students, Residents, or Fellows?

Capstone, Scholarship & Discovery (CSD)

The CSD is a four-year longitudinal scholarly experience, which allows students to identify a professionally related topic of their own, contribute to a project which addresses specific needs of the topic, and demonstrate mastery of the particular topic. If you would like to be a Capstone Advisor for a four-year longitudinal scholarly project for a medical student, please contact Rose.Clarke@baystatehealth.org.

Clinical Teaching

Most teaching opportunities occur at the Departmental level, including teaching of residents and fellows in the inpatient and outpatient settings. There are 11 residency programs and 27 fellowships at UMass Chan-Baystate. Contact your Department’s Residency Program Director for more information. (see below for Program Directors contacts)

Flexible Clinical Experience (FCE)

Please consider offering a UMass Chan-Baystate third-year medical student the opportunity to spend a week with you for an FCE to learn more about your specialty. Each student is required to complete four weeks of elective experiences in their third year of medical school. Normally, FCEs are 1-week long opportunities. Some of these early experiences influence career decisions, and these are rewarding experiences for the teachers and the students. The five-day FCE Course can be offered nine times during the year. You may choose to offer an experience to a single student for a single term or to multiple students over a few sessions. We expect it will take about 15 minutes to fill out details on the experience you can offer, via our online proposal form on the FCE Program website. If you do not have time to fill out the form, just let the FCE team know the title and specialty of the proposed course, with the times you can teach, and they will reach out to you to get the rest of the details. FCEs will be considered on a rolling basis. Please contact the FCE team at FPE@umassmed.edu if you have any questions.

Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP)

Do you enjoy working one-on-one with medical students in your own clinical setting? In the Longitudinal Preceptor Program, first-year students spend recurring sessions with attending physicians, primarily in the outpatient setting, to practice their interviewing skills. Contact Ophelia.Somers@baystatehealth.org for details.

Other Medical Educational Opportunities

Do you enjoy curriculum development, clinical assessment, or participating in the medical school admissions process? If so, there are opportunities to join education-related committees, help conduct Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE), and interview candidates applying to UMass Chan-Baystate. Contact Ophelia.Somers@baystatehealth.org.

Summer Program (Research or Curriculum Development)

Are you looking for a student to assist with a current research or curriculum development project that you are developing? Students are matched to principal investigators for the Summer Program based on interest and experience. Students are paid by UMass Chan-Baystate. Please contact Mirela.Skaka@umassmed.edu for more information.

Program Director & Academic Administrator Contact Information

 Department Administrator  Contact Info 
 Anesthesiology Program Director
Brian Martin, MD
Phone: 794-8847
E-Mail: Brian.Martin@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Angela Dougherty
Phone: 794-3923
E-Mail: Angela.Dougherty2@baystatehealth.org
 Emergency Medicine Program Director
Adam Kellogg, MD
Phone: 794-5902
E-Mail: Adam.Kellogg@baystatehealth.org 
Academic Administrator
Lisa Courchesne
Phone: 794-5375
E-Mail: Lisa.Courchesne@baystatehealth.org
 Family Medicine Program Director
Chandra Hartman, MD
Phone: 773-2761
E-Mail: Chandra.Hartman@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Rhonda Caouette
Phone: 773-2761
E-Mail: Rhonda.Caouette@baystatehealth.org
 Healthcare Delivery and Population Sciences No GME Program N/A
Academic Administrator
Justine Budhram
Phone: 794-2205
E-Mail: Justine.Budhram@baystatehealth.org
 Medicine Program Director
Riffat Sabir, MD, MEdHP
 Phone: 794-4373
E-Mail: Raffit.Sabir@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Edlaina Guy
 Phone: 794-6670
E-Mail: Edlaina.Guy@baystatehealth.org
 Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director
Maura Munoz, MD
Phone: 794-3146
E-Mail: Maura.Munoz@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Laurie Thivierge
Phone: 794-5060
E-Mail: Laurie.Thivierge@baystatehealth.org
 Neurology No GME Program N/A
Academic Administrator
Sheila Ortiz 
Phone: 794-4754
E-Mail: Sheila.Ortiz@baystatehealth.org
 Ob/Gyn Program Director
Jacqueline Kates, MD
Phone: 794-4970
E-Mail: Jacqueline.Kates@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Caitlin Glenn
Phone: 794-5457
E-Mail: Caitlin.Glenn@baystatehealth.org
Pathology Program Director
James D. Mueller, MD, PhD
Phone: 794-5460
E-Mail: James.Mueller@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Diane Warner
Phone: 794-4550
E-Mail: Diane.Warner@baystatehealth.org
Pediatrics Program Director
Molly Senn-McNally, MD
Phone: 794-3938
E-Mail: Molly.Senn-McNally@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Laurie Thivierge
Phone: 794-5060
E-Mail: Laurie.Thivierge@baystatehealth.org
Psychiatry Program Director
Steven V. Fischel, MD, PhD
Phone: 794-3376
E-Mail: Steven.Fishcel@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Adaliz Diaz
Phone: 794-4325
E-Mail: Adaliz.Diaz@baystatehealth.org
Radiology Program Director
Christopher Mudge, MD
Phone: 794-3333
E-Mail: Christopher.Mudge@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Elaine (Lainie) Kazin
Phone: 794-4644
E-Mail: Elaine.Kazin@baystatehealth.org
Surgery Program Director
Neal E. Seymour, MD 
Phone: 794-4025
E-Mail: Neal.Seymour@baystatehealth.org
Academic Administrator
Janice Alexander
Phone: 794-5161
E-Mail: Janice.Alexander@baystatehealth.org

For additional information, please email Marc Labrie, MBA, Director of the Office of Faculty Affairs at Marc.Labrie@baystatehealth.org.

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