SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Baystate; Springfield, MA Residents: All I met seemed happy; some indicated they were surprised how much they liked residency and looked forward to coming to work (ED months!) Residents are a mix of singles and married with kids. They get together socially and many live in the Northhampton area just outside of Springfield. Faculty: Joe Schmidt is the new PD after program founder Steve Playe left last year. Dr. Schmidt was the associate PD under Dr. Playe and seems very committed to keeping the residency focused on providing an excellent EM education while ensuring residents are happy and healthy. The ED director also stepped down last year and currently Dr. Santoro is the Interim Director. He has been with Baystate for many years and seems like a very nice guy. All residents spoke highly of the faculty. Facilities: Baystate is bursting at the seams. The ED is very crowded and too small considering they see over 100,000/year. Peds ED is in a separate hallway and they have a general treatment/urgent care area as well. Space is definitely at a premium, but they make it work! There are plans for a new building which will house a new ED, but this will take several years. Patient population: Mix of urban/suburban/rural population. Baystate is only Level 1 trauma center for quite a large area - Western Mass between Worchester and Albany with Hartford to the south. Good mix of penetrating and blunt trauma. They do not have an aeromedical service, but get plenty of flights in from surrounding services in CT and MA. Baystate is also the only 24 hr cath lab and stroke center for the area, so lots of high acuity medical patients as well. Location: Western Mass is a beautiful area, Springfield is not. If you are looking for the big lights/bright city this is not the place for you. Suburbs are affordable and offer good schools. Northhampton is a fun college town with plenty to do. Skiing is within 1/2 hr, ocean within 1 hr; Boston about 45-1 hr. Lots of hiking and biking trails. Overall: Seems like a great program. Nice people, not too stressful. Plenty of pathology to go around. Is not a big research center, but there are opportunities. Can't beat the patient volume and acuity....you will work hard when you are there, but the program places an emphasis on helping you stay happy, sane and to relax.