Emergency Medicine Wellness Fellowship

The UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate Emergency Medicine Wellness Fellowship seeks to prepare emergency medicine residency graduates to be wellness champions through education and experience.

Going Beyond "Burnout"

Wellness and burnout have become catch-all terms that encompass anything that makes the job of a physician difficult or frustrating.

While the tenets of physician wellness, like self-care and mindfulness, will be core content—our curriculum will go deeper into understanding and addressing the stressors of the profession.

Getting Administrative Buy-In

Current literature points out the need for systemic and cultural change—that can only be successful when embraced at the administrative level. Ideally, a Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) will be the conduit between staff and administration, using their comprehensive knowledge of the problems at hand to advocate for high impact and practical solutions.

Our Emergency Medicine Wellness fellowship is designed to focus on the relationship between physicians and organizational leadership.

As a graduate, you will have developed a fund of knowledge that enables you to foster a culture of wellness and be adaptive and creative in supplying institutional solutions.

Perfect Setting To Learn, Teach - and Live 

Baystate Medical Center is the only Level 1 trauma center in the region—and has the busiest ED in Massachusetts.

You will be exposed to the diverse pathology of a multi-cultural, inner-city population, and the advanced procedures associated with the world's top medical centers.

All this, and you can live in western Massachusetts—an area known for beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation, performing arts, and higher education.


The Emergency Medicine Wellness Fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate is a one-year fellowship ideal for graduates of emergency medicine residency who have an interest in the wellness of the emergency medicine physician. We accept one or two fellows per year.

Meet our team

Zachary Testo, MD
Fellowship Director
email: Zachary.TestoMD@baystatehealth.org

Ashley Kunz, MD
Assistant Fellowship Director
email: Ashley.KunzMD@baystatehealth.org

Kathleen Diederich
Program Administrator
phone: 413-794-3947 | email: Kathleen.Diederich@baystatehealth.org

By the numbers

Program Metrics

  • Length of Fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of fellows: 1-2 per year
  • Application deadline: November 1

Baystate & Department Metrics

  • Baystate Medical Center is a 716 bed, Level-1 Trauma Center & Pediatric Hospital
  • Annual census >122 ,000 (75% adults, 25% admission rate, 7% ICU admissions)
  • There are 42 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. Please contact our fellowship director for salary and benefit details: Zachary.TestoMD@baystatehealth.org
  • All insurance provided including Malpractice, Health, and Dental
  • 6 weeks vacation built into schedule
  • Additional CME funding available for conference attendance and educational materials
  • Emergency Medicine fellows moonlighting shifts available
Curriculum summary

Through educational meetings, lectures, conferences, and clinical shifts in a busy Level-I Trauma Center, you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities required to manage the wellness of emergency medicine physicians in any environment.

  • Number of Clinical Hours: 8 shifts/month, 8.5 hours/shift
  • Inter- and intra-departmental wellness initiatives and groups
  • Quality/wellness improvement project
  • Hospital-wide and department-wide meetings related to provider wellness
  • Teaching and administrative responsibilities
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A Wonderful Place To Be

Western Mass is a popular place to work, play and live - in every season!

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