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A newsletter for research & medical education October 2014


Gina Luciano MD Wins MedTech Boston's Primary Care Innovation Challenge

Dr. Gina LucianoDr. Gina Luciano, Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, won MedTech Boston's 2014 Primary Care Innovation Challenge on September 16, 2014 at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Luciano and five other finalists were selected based on a month-long online voting process to pitch their innovative ideas for advancing primary care medicine. Luciano's plan, “Training Tomorrow’s Primary Care Physician," highlighted Baystate’s primary care resident program which has residents spending more time  in the ambulatory care setting.

Read more in MedTech Boston's September 14, 2014 news article.

Radiology Residents Present at American Society of Emergency Radiology Meeting

Dr. Chiedozie "Tony" Mkpolulu Dr. Jeffrey Morris
Dr. Mklolulu Dr. Morris

Two radiology residents presented posters at the American Society of Emergency Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting in September 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

PGY5 Chiedozie (Tony) Mkpolulu MD's abstract was titled, "Facebook: A Pictorial Review of Facial Fracture Patterns."

PGY4 resident Jeffrey Morris MD's abstract was titled, "The Heart of the Matter: A Review of the Cardiac Pathology Present on Noncardiac Emergency CT Exams."

Medicine Department Residents and Fellows Present at American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions

Dr. Auras Atreya Dr. Amin Kashef Dr. Shanmugam Uthamalingam Dr. Jeffrey Morris
Dr. Atreya Dr. Kashef Dr.Uthamalingam Dr. Gadiraju

Four abstracts submitted by Internal Medicine residents and Cardiovascular Disease fellows were accepted for presentation at the 2014 AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions in June 2014 in Baltimore, MD.

Auras Atreya MD: "Outcomes Associated With Prophylactic Amiodarone Protocol in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Single Center Experience."

Amin Kashef MD and Auras Atreya MD: "Presentation, Management, and Outcomes of Infective Endocarditis at a Tertiary Medical Center.”

Shanmugam Uthamalingam MD and Vijay Gadiraju MD: "Adherence To The AHA / ACCF / SCAI / ASE /ASNC - 2012 Appropriate Use Criteria For Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization In An Academic Medical Center.”

Vijay Gadiraju MD: “Predictors Of A Positive Stress Test Among Patient Presenting To The Emergency Department With Chest Pain."

Dr. Steven Fischel Promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Steven FischelSteven Fischel MD, PhD, Psychiatry Residency Program Director, was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine effective September 2014.

The Clinical Appointment and Promotion Committee noted Dr. Fischel's strong contributions to psychiatric education at Baystate and TUSM, his role in the development of Baystate's Psychiatry Residency, his leadership of the Psychiatric Consultation Services, as well as his 2013 Outstanding Psychiatrist for Education Award.

Dr. donald KirtonDr. Donald Kirton Named Associate Program Director for the Obstetrics-Gynecology Residency

Donald Kirton MD has joined the Obstetrics-Gynecology department's education team as Associate Residency Program Director. He is also the Director of Resident Simulation.

Clinical Ethicist Peter DePergola Named Chair of Ethics Service

Peter DePergolaPeter DePergola MTS, PhD(st) has assumed the role of Chair of the Ethics Service from previous co-chairs Mary Brunton, Director of Clinical Practice and Spiritual Services, and John O’Reilly MD, faculty in the Department of Pediatrics.

The Ethics Service provides structured moral guidance both proactively and in response to clinical, research, and organizational issues that arise at Baystate.

You can page the Ethics Service by searching for “Ethics” in WebPaging.

Bridget Gunn, New Information and Knowledge Services Librarian

Bridget Gunn MLSBridget Gunn, MLS is the new Information & Knowledge Services Librarian at the Health Sciences Library. Bridget comes to Baystate after working for several years as a librarian and library manager at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Bridget received her Master of Science in Library Science from Simmons College.

She most enjoys helping people with their research needs, so please feel free to contact Bridget with your clinical, laboratory, administrative, or other research-type questions! Email

Chris LaChance MD, Internal Medicine Residency Graduate, Profiled in The Hospitalist

Dr. Chris LaChance graduated from Baystate's Internal Medicine Residency program in 2003. According to The Hospitalist article, he has been a hospitalist ever since, now teaches residents, and plans a lifelong career in hospital medicine. In the article, Dr. LaChance discusses the future of hospital medicine and dispels a common myth. Read the article.

The profile, in the September issue of The Hospitalist, was written by Christine Bryson DO, Associate Program Director of Baystate's Internal Medicine Residency.

Maria LopezMaria Lopez Certified by Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education

Maria Lopez, Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Administrator, passed her Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) National Board for Certification examination in Spring 2014.

Certification, which is valid for five years, provides a national standard and recognition for GME training administrators who have achieved competence in all fields related to their profession.

Margot Malachowski Recognized by the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Senior Level

Margot Malachowski, Community Outreach LibrarianMargot Malachowski, Community Outreach Librarian, has been recognized by the Academy of health Information Professionals based on three areas of achievement: academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment. The Senior Level demonstrates substantial participation in professional activities. 

This is the primary credential for Health Sciences Librarianship.


Fadi Bsat MD Appointed Chair of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Coding Committee

Dr. Fadi BsatDr. Fadi Bsat, Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, was named Chair of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Coding Committee.

Dr. Bsat is Assistant Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of the Perinatal Diagnostic Center.






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