Surgery residency at UMass Chan-Baystate

"Baystate's personal and professional development, training, research, and subspecialty exposure lays a strong foundation for the rest of your career."—Kristina Potanos MD, chief resident

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A tradition of academic excellence

At the forefront of surgical residency education

The Surgery Department at Baystate Medical Center, the regional campus of the UMass Chan Medical School, is proud to have a role in charting the future course of surgical education in the United States. Baystate's tradition of academic excellence, and our faculty's many years of experience, is reflected in leadership on national accreditation, policy, and review boards.

Broad-based clinical experience on a single campus

  • Level I trauma center experience
  • 1,000+ operative cases per resident
  • Night Float call system
  • American College of Surgeons-accredited Comprehensive Level I Education Institute since 2007
  • Bench and clinical research opportunities

Virtually every surgical subspecialty is represented on our faculty, comprised of more than 50 Board Certified or Board Eligible surgeons.

Residents can gain experience in:

  • General surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Oncologic surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Vascular/endovascular surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Plastic surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Transplantation
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Rural surgery

Surgery Residency Faculty

Meet our faculty

About our program

  • 7 categorical residents (with 1-2 in research lab) each year
  • > 80% of graduates accepted into fellowships each year

State-of-the-art facilities

Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab presents a diverse range of clinical scenarios in the form of interactive simulations that emphasize team training and crisis management. Physical and virtual reality simulations provide a broad experience in surgical skills development.

  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery training
  • Full-time skills training coach
  • Onsite training and testing for Fundamentals of Laproscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) certifications

The Surgery Residency at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate is ACGME-accredited.


Our general surgery residency program provides a complete training experience for new surgeons in an environment characterized by innovation, diversity, and abundant opportunities to excel.

Baystate offers a high volume of operative cases, as well as basic science and clinical research. The surgical simulation training experience is varied and intensive, and has been at the forefront of surgical education research.

In existence for more than 55 years, the general surgery residency program prides itself on education excellence with dedicated and distinguished teaching faculty members who have achieved national recognition as leaders for academic, accreditation and policy organizations. It has been our mission to launch highly successful careers for our graduates, spanning the gamut of additional training and practice (academic, non-academic, military) positions.

Meet our team
Neal Seymour, MD
Residency Program Director

David B. Tashjian, MD
Associate Program Director

Gladys Fernandez, MD
Assistant Program Director

Joy Isotti
Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program Administrator

Margarita Fuentes-Negron
Graduate Medical Education (GME) Coordinator
By the numbers

Program Metrics

  • Number of residents per class: ACGME-approved 6 categorical residents in PGY1-5 years/total 18 residents in PGY1 & 2 years combined | 3-5 residents in research between PG2-PG3 years
  • Percent of Grads entering Fellowship training over past 5 years: 96%

Department Metrics

  • Number of faculty members actively engaged in resident education : 53
  • Surgery faculty organized into 10 specialty areas: General & Emergency General Surgery; Colorectal Surgery; Endoscopy; Pediatric Surgery; Plastic Surgery; Surgical Oncology; Thoracic Surgery; Transplantation; Trauma; Vascular Surgery
  • 4,000 square feet available for simulation-based education
  • Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute—5,000 square feet of space dedicated to research and teaching activities

Baystate Metrics

  • State-of-the-art daystay surgical facility performing 11,000+ case/year
  • 36 ORs running daily—30,000 cases/year; 13,000 endoscopic cases/year
  • BMC Hospital beds: 724 | ICU beds: 32
  • Residency Programs: 10 | Fellowship Programs: 24
  • American College of Surgeons Accredited Level I Adult Trauma Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center: 2,000 trauma activations/year
Curriculum summary


  • PG1 (months): General Surgery [MIS, Surgical Oncology] (2); Emergency General Surgery (1); Colorectal Surgery (1); Vascular (1); Trauma (1); ICU (2); Pediatric Surgery (1); Thoracic Surgery (1); Night Float (2)
  • PG2 (months): General Surgery [MIS, Surgical Oncology] (3); Transplant (2); Plastic Surgery (2); Endoscopy (1); Critical Care (2); Night Float (2)
  • PG3 (months): General Surgery [MIS, Surgical Oncology] (2); Emergency General Surgery (2); Thoracic (1); Pediatric Surgery (2); Trauma (2); Critical Care (1); Night Float (2)
  • PG4 (months): General Surgery [MIS, Surgical Oncology] (4); Colorectal Surgery (1); Trauma (2); Vascular (2); Thoracic Surgery (1); Night Float (2)
  • PG5 (months): General Surgery [MIS, Surgical Oncology] (6); Colorectal Surgery (3); Vascular (3)
Resident 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 salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, meal subsidy, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Free on-site covered garage parking
  • White coats and laundry service
  • Food services 24 hours/day and meal support for on-call periods
  • Private residency workspace, as well as ward-specific workrooms with desktop computers, dictation capability, and computers on wheels (for rounding)
  • Individual sleep quarter for on-call residents, medical library on campus
  • Discounts for Baystate employees for numerous personal purchases and memberships, “Baystate Perks” program
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