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A newsletter for research & medical education March 2008


Edward Reiter MD, Chair of Baystate's Pediatrics Department for More Than 26 Years, Receives 2007 Tufts Distinguished Faculty Award

Tufts Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes faculty members who have brought distinction to themselves and to Tufts University School of Medicine in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Reiter, an excellent clinician and educator, world-renowned pediatric endocrinologist, physician scientist and advocate for children, will be presented with the award on March 3, 2008.

Outstanding Teacher and Leader in Pediatric Education

According to Dr. Barbara Stechenberg, Pediatrics Residency Program Director, one of Dr. Reiter's favorite times of each week is his conference with the third year Tufts medical students rotating on pediatrics. He has an uncanny ability to modify the information for the audience, while pushing learners to stretch their knowledge. Reiter served as the program director of Baystate's pediatric residency from 1982 to 1994.  In 1983, along with Dr. Martin Broder, Chair of Internal Medicine, he developed a medicine-pediatrics residency program that is known nationally as one of the premier programs in this discipline. 

Major Contributor to Clinical Research

Dr. Reiter has authored and co-authored many publications in pediatric endocrinology, particularly in the area of growth.  His chapter on growth in the classic Williams Textbook of Endocrinology is considered "must reading" for fellows in the field.  

Leadership in the Pediatric Endocrinology Field

Dr. Reiter has served as President of the Lawson Wilkins Endocrine Society, on the sub-board of Pediatric Endocrinology of the American Board of Pediatrics, and as president of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors in 1987-1988. He is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the Weinberg Family Prize for Academic Excellence from Baystate Medical Center. 

TUSM Compassionate Care Faculty Development Program

Baystate Faculty Play Key Roles in This Innovative Faculty Development Research Project

Baystate Medical Center faculty were key in obtaining grant funding from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center for Tufts University School of Medicine's development of a Compassionate Care Faculty Development (CCFD) program. The program is designed to train a core group of physicians from TUSM-affiliated hospitals to be “master teachers” of compassionate patient care. The CCFD program provides an opportunity for faculty to develop, implement, and assess a compassionate care project at their clinical sites and receive feedback from a faculty peer and from the TUSM teaching faculty on how well they incorporate those skills into their teaching. Scheduled over an 18-month period, the program will include two workshops at TUSM in addition to a site-based project.

CCFD Program Builds Upon Work of the Compassionate Care Faculty Advisory Group

The Advisory Group developed a curricular template to teach compassionate care throughout the four-year curriculum. Baystate Medical Center representatives on the Advisory Group include Maura J. Brennan, MD and Paul G.K. Jodka, MD (Medicine); Robin Gottlieb, MD (Physical Medicine); and Thomas J. Campfield, MD (Pediatrics) who was recently named Chair of the TUSM Key Themes Committee on Compassionate Care.

“The Baystate Medical Center faculty have been major contributors to our Advisory Group,” said Paul Summergrad MD, Advisory Group Co-Chair and co-lead of the CCFD project, “and we are thrilled that Dr. Campfield has agreed to chair our Key Themes Committee.”

If you are interested in participating in the Compassionate Care Faculty Development program, please contact Sharon Freeman at 617-636-0891or





Grant Awards

New Publications


Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) Investigator Awards: Statements of Intent Accepted Until March 14th

9th Annual Research Week Keynote Speaker Announced: David Leach, MD Will Present the Keynote Address at Noon on May 20th


New! TUSM & Faculty Development opportunities offered within the next 2 months are included on the Events page.

Monday, March 10
Schwartz Center Rounds

Time: noon – 1:00 pm
Location: Chestnut 1 A & B

Tuesday, March 11
Faculty Development Teaching Workshop

Time: noon – 3:00 pm
Location: Chestnut 1 A & B

Wednesday, March 12
Endogenous Hormones and Risk of Breast Cancer

Time: noon ( Lunch will be served.) Location: EOMR

Wednesday, March 12
REACH: Women’s Health: Strategies for Dealing with Maternal Mortality

Time: noon
Location: Chicopee/Agawam Room

Wednesday, March 19
Resident & Fellows Open Forums

Time: Fellows: 12:00 pm, Residents: 4:00 pm
Location: Chestnut 1 A & B

Wednesday, March 19
WAAM: Simulation Laboratory for Education @ Pediatric Grand Rounds

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Location: Chestnut 1 A & B

Outside of BMC

Saturday, March 1
CareerMD's Connecticut Career Fair

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

Wednesday, March 5
Mary Y. Lee, MD Medical Education Research Day

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: TUSM Sackler 827

Thursday, March 6
Test Item Construction

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: TUSM Hirsh Health Sciences Library, 5th floor Computer Lab

Friday, March 14, 2008
5th Annual UIT Health Sciences Mini-Symposium for Teaching & Learning: Exploring Strategies for Engaged Learning in the Health Sciences

Time: 8:00 am – 2:45 pm (breakfast and lunch included)
Location: TUSM Sackler 827

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