Internal Medicine Residency Program Director's Message

Thank you for your interest in our Internal Medicine Residency program at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. I am a proud graduate of our residency program and humbled to share what at Baystate made me "stay grounded, connect with my roots, and kept me growing." - Joanne Raptis.

Culture of Love and Compassion

Our mission is to take exceptional care of our patients, our program, each other, and ourselves with compassion and kindness.

We believe that medical education is all about love. Love that empowers others, embraces the uniqueness of different personalities, cultivates patience and understanding, and, above all, enables our learners to recognize that their fears, interests, and goals do matter.

Therefore, as we train our residents to become compassionate physicians capable of providing culturally humble care to our diverse patient population, we also teach them to be kind and compassionate to themselves and each other.

Inclusive and Friendly Environment

We are committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment where residents are encouraged to bring their diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the residency culture and the diverse community we serve.

We cherish diversity in experiences and identity, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, education, physical abilities, sexual orientation, and other distinguishing traits. Nothing can encourage ongoing diversity better than established diversity. Our monthly 'diversity celebration' includes a presentation by one or several members of our residency family sharing history, culture, food, and healthcare information from a culture they have been a part of at some point in their life.

When our residents are asked why they chose Baystate, they say the strong sense of camaraderie, support, and celebration of diversity is what most attracted them.

Innovative and Versatile Program

Our goal is to train tomorrow's doctors to be leaders in clinical innovation, transformative medical education, and patient-centered care.

Our versatile program promotes these values by offering the opportunity to elect into categorical or primary care programs as well as medical career tracks designed to foster individualized career goals, provide distinct clinical experience, and prepare our residents for a career in primary care, hospital medicine, or subspecialty fellowships. As a result, our graduates are afforded the opportunity to excel in competitive fellowship programs and career placements of their liking.

We owe our capability to support such an innovative program to our highly skilled and passionate faculty who are committed to advancing our residents' education, knowledge, and professional development.

National Recognition

Our institution has been recognized as a healthcare leader in many areas. Recently, Forbes named Baystate Health one of the best employers in Massachusetts, and the American College of Healthcare Executives of Massachusetts recognized Baystate's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the pursuit of healthcare excellence.

Our residency curriculum emphasizes evidence-based medicine and patient-centered team-based care while striving to find the optimal balance between autonomy and supervision during residency training.

The ACGME selected us to participate in their distinguished Educational Innovation Project, which allowed us to share our innovations and leadership in graduate medical education reform across the country.

Join Our Baystate Family

If you are looking for a graduate medical education experience at a unique program that assimilates the highly academic and innovative culture of a large, competitive tertiary care center with a community-based approach, consider joining our Internal Medicine Residency program here at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate.

We Look Forward to Meeting You

Our residents, chief residents, faculty, Associate Program Directors, and I look forward to sharing more about our program with you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Regards, Riffat Sabir, MD, MEHP, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate
Academic Hospitalist, Baystate Medical Center

"Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing."—Joanne Raptis

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