From the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Emergency Medicine Residency.

Emergency Medicine has been an independent Department within the University of Massachusetts Medical School for 25 years, and 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.

"My stated goal is to be the single best place for EM training in the country."

As part of our innovative residency curriculum, we've created 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.  We treat nearly 100,000 patients a year and have an admission rate of nearly 30%. 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 has been ranked in the top 5 nationally for NIH funding for the last 5 years. This research infrastructure and expertise provides for exceptional research mentorship, allowing residents access to a number of outstanding clinician-researchers.

Additional fellowship training is available at UMass in the following areas: toxicology, ultrasound, EMS, disaster medicine and emergency management, administrative leadership, international health, and research. The presence of numerous fellowship programs contributes to an air of academic excellence with access to content experts. More than half of graduating residents opt to pursue fellowship training, with most of them staying here at UMass. They stay here because of the exceptional training.

Residency is difficult. There’s no doubt about it. The people with whom you work, learn, and interact with are integral to your success and happiness. The residents here at UMass work hard, develop into exceedingly competent physicians, help each other out, and become life-long friends.

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