Fellowships to suit your interests in EM

We have seven diverse fellowships at UMASS Baystate allowing residents to explore their areas of interest before pursuing fellowship.

Wilderness Medicine

1 year program

Local backcountry experiences await just outside your back door. Nestled in the eastern Berkshires, you are minutes away from rivers, lakes, mountains, and some of the best hiking and skiing on the east coast.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE IN REMOTE AND AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS?

When help is miles, or days, away, you should know how to treat altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, trauma, wild animal attacks, and other illnesses and injuries sustained in the wild. As a fellow in our wilderness medicine program, you will learn and be prepared to administer care for a number of conditions and illnesses with limited supplies, often in extreme environments.

You will gain experience in emergency wilderness medicine, including pre-hospital, disaster, and international medicine—all while traveling to exotic locations such as Guatemala, Greenland, Africa, Nepal, or other extreme locales.

DIVERSE WILDERNESS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Our wilderness medicine faculty and fellows learn outdoor skills and clinical wilderness medicine, and achieve personal growth through a variety of mountaineering and wilderness adventures in association with Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), AIARE Avalanche Training, and The Himalayan Rescue Association to name a few.

BE A LEADER IN WILDERNESS MEDICINE

Fellows are highly involved in teaching medical students, residents and EMS personnel, as well as local search and rescue teams.

Through educational meetings, lectures, conferences, field work, travel, and clinical shifts in a busy Level-I Adult/Level-II Pediatric Trauma Center, you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities required to manage emergency medical care in any environment.

Fellowship Director:

Ben Church, DO

Ultrasound

1 year program

The Baystate EUS fellowship ensures proficiency at basic ultrasound applications Sophisticated applications in thoracic, vascular, advanced echo, critical care, and transesophageal ultrasound are also stressed. The fellowship focuses heavily on teaching techniques for point of care ultrasound, and provides an opportunity to travel and lecture nationally.

EXPAND YOUR ULTRASOUND REPERTOIRE

The EUS fellowship stresses mastery of basic ultrasound exams—you will refine and enhance your skills in trauma, abdominal, basic echo, and pelvic sonography.

You'll also learn sophisticated applications in thoracic, vascular, critical care ultrasound, and advanced echocardiography, including the use of them in undifferentiated hypotension, respiratory distress and cardiac arrest.

DEVELOP YOUR EDUCATION SKILLS

We focus heavily on developing your teaching proficiency. You will give frequent lectures to residents, medical students, and faculty during the year, building a large digital teaching database of ultrasound images.

In addition, you'll have an opportunity to travel and lecture nationally.

LEARN ALL ASPECTS OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

You will be instructed in multiple areas of program development:

  • QA processes

  • hardware/network integration

  • documentation

  • billing

  • purchasing of ultrasound machines

Fellowship Director:

Gavin Budhram, MD

Medical Education

1 or 2 year program

The Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship prepares you for a successful career as a leader in academic emergency medicine.

DEVELOP THE SKILL SET TO THRIVE AS AN EM EDUCATOR

The specialty of Emergency Medicine has grown and evolved rapidly—fueling the need for well-trained emergency medicine educators.

Our mentored fellowship provides the necessary advanced training not provided by the typical EM residency—clinical and didactic education, research in the area of education, curricular innovation, and education administration.

You will graduate with an overflowing portfolio:

  • Extensive experience in education administration

  • Lectures in regional, national and international arenas

  • Publication of research projects

BUILT-IN FLEXIBILITY LETS YOU TAILOR YOUR EXPERIENCE

Our curriculum focuses on preparing the next generation of emergency medicine faculty.

We offer:

  • 1 year fellowship with an optional second year to earn a Masters degree in Graduate Medical Education

  • Flexible concentrations in UME, GME, simulation, education innovation, and education research

After completing our core curriculum you will choose an area for your focus.

PERFECT SETTING TO LEARN AND TEACH—AND LIVE

Baystate Medical Center is the only Level 1 trauma center in the region—and has the busiest ED in the 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 an area known for beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation, performing arts, and higher education.

Fellowship co-Directors:

Lucienne Lutfy-Clayton, MD and Ryan Clark, DO

Leadership in Wellness

1 year program

We are excited to be one of the first Wellness Fellowships in the country. With an increasing awareness of physician “wellness and resiliency” and the epidemic of “burnout” comes the need for physician leadership specific to these areas of interest. Many health systems are creating the position of Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) to spearhead initiatives related to physician wellness. The Baystate EM Leadership in Wellness Fellowship seeks to provide education and preparation to an Emergency Medicine graduate to be a wellness champion.

While the concept of wellness and the term burnout have become catch-all phrases to encompass anything that makes the job of physician hard or annoying, this fellowship is designed to focus on the relationship between faculty and administration. All current literature points out the need for a systemic and cultural change which starts at the administrative level. While the tenants of physician wellness like self care and mindfulness are the core content, this fellowship seeks to go deeper into the understanding of the stressors of the profession and to foster an environment that is adaptive and creative in the way we come up with institutional solutions.

Our current fellow is involved with projects such as Resident Coaching, virtual and in-person didactics, intervention based research and wellness outreach. The fellow also serves on department as well as hospital-wide committees devoted to improving staff wellness.

Fellowship Director:

Zach Testo, MD

Pediatric EM

2 or 3 year program

While we offer separate curricula for emergency medicine residency graduates and pediatric residency graduates, all of our graduates have passed the PEM Boards on their first attempt. We accept one new fellow per year.

WE ARE BIG: MAIN DESTINATION FOR CRITICALLY ILL AND INJURED CHILDREN

You will train in the region’s only Pediatric ED—Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department—which includes 18 pedi beds and a designated pediatric trauma bay. With approximately 31,000 pediatric visits per year, you will see a vast range of clinical pathology.

You will become adept at providing the highest quality care for the acutely ill and injured children in our pediatric intensive care unit, the only one in western Massachusetts, which makes us the main EMS destination.

WE ARE SMALL: TAILOR OUR CURRICULUM TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

As a small program, we can tailor the training environment to uniquely meet your needs and interests.

Our fellows and residents are supervised in our pediatric emergency department by Board-certified/Board-eligible PEM faculty, including one faculty member who is also a board-certified toxicologist.

You will also benefit from the expertise in our residency and five other fellowships. The Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship Director supervises fellowship research with support from biostatisticians and epidemiologists. Our Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship faculty supervise a one month rotation and provide a didactic curriculum.

Faculty from Baystate Children's Hospital supervise fellows on additional rotations in pediatric intensive care, neonatal resuscitation, pediatric anesthesia, pediatric radiology, and abuse evaluation. Elective time is also available with faculty from other pediatric subspecialties.

COME TO TRAIN, STAY TO LIVE

Western Massachusetts is an exceptional place to live and raise a family, providing a mix of urban and rural settings and many idyllic college towns.

Fellowship Director:

Blake Spirko

Research

1 or 2 year program

The Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship 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 Medical School, and UMass Amherst School of Public Health.

Fellowship Director:

Lauren Westafer, DO and Tim Mader, MD

Administration

1 or 2 year program

The Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellowship is a one- to two-year fellowship ideal for graduates of emergency medicine residency who have a particular interest in the administration of an emergency medicine department. We accept one or two fellows per year.

LAUNCH A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE ADMINISTRATION

We provide the mentored experience and didactics necessary for young clinicians to become successful independent leaders in academic emergency medicine.

At the busiest emergency department in Massachusetts—204,000 emergency and urgent care visits last year—you will receive expert training from our emergency medicine faculty in the areas of:

  • quality improvement

  • finance

  • billing/coding

  • health policy

  • risk management

  • process improvement

  • leadership

  • operations

  • staffing

Our fellowship incorporates capstone and didactic classwork through the American Association of Physician Leadership, as well as through an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

You will also have exposure to community and academic emergency medicine models.

Fellowship co-Directors:

Tala Elia, MD and Joseph Schmidt, MD

Under Development

Health Equity

1 or 2 year program

The Health Equity fellowship will train EM physicians who are dedicated to identifying, researching and providing solutions to close the gap in healthcare disparities.

Fellowship Co-Directors:

Vanna Albert, MD, MBA and Nadia Villarroel, MD

EMS

1 year program

The EMS fellowship will be a one year program designed to provide fellows with the key building blocks to pursue a career directing pre-hospital care.

Fellowship Director:

Gerald(Wook) Beltran, MD