From the Program Director

Steven Bird MDWelcome to the University of Massachusetts Emergency Medicine Residency.

Emergency Medicine is an independent Department within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. We have had a fully accredited EM 1-3 training program since 1986.

Resident training is our number one priority. In fact, since becoming Program Director in 2011 my stated goal is to be the single best place for EM training in the country. There are several pieces to the residency training puzzle, including patient volume and complexity; faculty and staff commitment; research; fellowship opportunities; administrative resources; and of course, your resident colleagues. I believe that here at UMass we have every piece of that puzzle.

As part of our innovative residency curriculum, we've recently begun our Distinction Tracks (DTs). The DTs provide small group instruction and mentorship in an area of interest to the residents. These bimonthly meetings provide individualized learning and instruction in areas such as medical toxicology, administration and quality, and research. Residents participate in various DTs during their intern year, and declare a DT for the PGY 2 and 3 years. This innovative approach to learning is unique among three-year residencies.

Our high acuity environment at UMass (a tertiary referral, Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, STEMI center, and stroke center) gives our residents the clinical experience they need. Our Emergency Department was built in 2006 and is over 66,000 square feet in size. We see more than 90,000 patients and have an admission rate of over 20%. We also have a pediatric emergency department, staffed by dedicated pediatric emergency medicine-trained physicians.

Our faculty and administrative staff also provide residents with the support and teaching they deserve. The EM faculty includes an academic core of attendings who serve as advisors and mentors to the residents. Our faculty are nationally-known speakers and researchers with varied expertise. And speaking of research, our Department ranked number one nationally for NIH funding in 2013. This research infrastructure and expertise provides for exceptional research mentorship, allowing residents access to a number of successful clinician-researchers.

Additional fellowship training is available at UMass in the following areas: toxicology, ultrasound, EMS, disaster medicine and emergency management, administrative leadership and international health. The presence of numerous fellowship programs contributes to an air of academic excellence with access to content experts.

At UMass, we also have very strong relationships with our off-service rotations where faculty understand the unique interests and goals of our emergency medicine residents and provide them with targeted teaching and focused experiences.

Thank you for your interest. Please let me know if our residency staff, residents, or I may be of assistance to you.

Best of luck to you,


Steven B. Bird, MD, FACEP, FACMT 

Steven B. Bird, MD, FACEP, FACMT

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