We’ve designed our residency curriculum with your needs in mind! All your educational experiences are carefully timed and planned so you have a well-rounded experience at Baystate. We know there is more to life than working shifts. With our schedule, you'll have time for individual scholarly pursuits, maintain a family and social life as well as community involvement. 

Highlights of your time in the Emergency Department include:

PGY1 Curriculum

We value the transition from medical school to residency. Your entire first month with us focuses on orientation to the department, our personnel, procedures and adjusting to life as a resident. After that comes a yearlong rotation through the majority of your off-service rotations to give as well as time in the Emergency Department. 

PGY1 residents in the Emergency Department have 20 shifts per block.

PGY2 Curriculum

Your second year of residency includes specialty training in pediatric intensive care and surgical intensive care. You’ll have an elective to tailor your education to your needs. During this year, your pediatric shifts are scattered throughout each EM month so you can see the seasonality of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

You’ll gain progressive responsibilities in the Emergency Department as your skills develop and improve. Upper-level EM residents manage all airways (including trauma), direct major resuscitations, and perform invasive procedures.

PGY2 residents in the ED have 19 shifts per block.

PGY3 Curriculum

You’ll spend the majority of your third year in the Emergency Department. The third year includes a one-month local community EM rotation and one month of elective, with available international experiences.

On an alternating basis, senior residents are designated as the trauma leader, meaning they direct the initial trauma resuscitation. When they are not the trauma leader, they are still heavily involved in the secondary survey and procedures in the trauma bay! As a senior resident, you’ll be increasingly exposed to the administrative aspects of the department, continue to direct medical resuscitations, and further develop leadership skills.

In the ED, PGY3 residents have 18 shifts per block.


We do several types of simulation throughout the year!

Continuing Quality Improvement and Scholarly Projects

All residents are involved in a Continuing Quality Improvement project. These projects aim to improve a certain process in the department or hospital wide. 

All residents also complete a scholarly project during residency. Past residents have completed research projects, helped write book chapters and more! While you are encouraged to be involved in research, it is not mandatory. 

Weekly Resident Conference

Our Resident Conference is scheduled from 10am - 2:30 pm. The day is protected from shifts in the ED so that residents can attend conference. Our Advanced Practitioner Providers and ED Faculty staff the department during this time. Conference consists of lectures, small group work, journal club, procedural skills and more. Most lectures are 20 or 40 minutes and are predominantly delivered by EM faculty and residents.  Below are a few highlights!

Resiliency Conference

Resiliency Conference has replaced our traditional "after hours" Journal Club. Journal Club still happens, but during our Small Group Discussions.  Now, we meet once a month to discuss the topics key to staying well as an Emergency Physician:  burnout and depression, difficult conversations, challenging consultants, financial literacy, and much more. Each month an attending is gracious enough to invite us into their home for dinner and discussions.