Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship

The Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at the UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate provides graduates of emergency medicine residency with the mentored experience and didactics necessary to become successful independent investigators and future leaders in academic emergency medicine. We accept one or two fellows per year.

1-Year And 2-Year Options Are Available

The EM Research Fellowship integrate training in clinical and basic science emergency medicine research with didactics in clinical and translational science through the Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

We offer fellows either a:

  • 1-year Certificate Program in Emergency Medicine Research

  • 2-year Masters Degree fellowship in Emergency Medicine Research

Ideal Research Environment For Young Investigators

The Department of Emergency Medicine has a robust clinical and basic science research infrastructure in place.

With the busiest ED in Massachusetts—122,000+ visits a year—we provide research opportunities on diverse pathologies and advanced procedures. And, affiliations with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Amherst amplify our research opportunities.

Our highly qualified faculty can serve as mentors in a variety of research interests:

  • Cardiac arrest resuscitation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Emergency medical services
  • Patient safety and health services
  • Emergency ultrasound
  • Implementation science
  • Shared decision-making and patient experience
  • Addiction medicine and substance use disorder

Additionally, we work closely with other researchers in the hospital, including the ICU and the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science, a health services research partnership between Baystate Health, UMass Chan Medical School, and UMass Amherst School of Public Health.

Program At-A-Glance 

The purpose of the Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate, is to provide young investigators with the mentored experience and didactics necessary for them to become successful independent clinical or basic science investigators and future leaders in academic Emergency Medicine.

Meet the team

Fellowship Director:

Lauren Westafer, DO

email: lauren.westafer@baystatehealth.org

Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Diederich phone: 413-794-5999

email: Kathleen.Diederich@baystatehealth.org

By the numbers

Program Metrics

  • Length of the fellowship: 1 year for the Certificate Program | 2 years for the Masters Degree fellowship
  • Number of fellows: 1 - 2 fellows per year

Baystate Metrics

  • Baystate Medical Center is a 716 beds, Level-1 Trauma Center & Pediatric Hospital
  • Annual census >122,000 (75% adults, 25% admission rate, 7% ICU admissions)
  • There are 30 full-time faculty members in the Emergency Medicine department at the main campus with varied research, education, and administrative responsibilities.
Fellow benefits & facilities
  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salary benefits.
  • Moonlighting opportunities
  • Office space and personal laptop computer
  • Generous benefits package
    Disability/Malpractice/Health and Dental/Life insurance
  • Paid vacation and CME time
  • Professional education account and tuition allocation
  • Start-up funds available
  • Clinical Responsibility: 15 hours per week (average) as an attending physician to maintain clinical competency
  • Research Requirement: Design and implementation of an original research project
  • Presentation and publication of study results
  • Preparation and submission of a competitive career development grant proposal
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