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Baystate Education Research and Scholarship of Teaching Academy

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Welcome to BERST Academy's LibGuide


Baystate Education Research and Scholarship of Teaching members include attendings, VPs, midwives, spiritual leaders, researchers, QI specialists, and educators.   This LibGuide is designed for BERST members own use in the development of teaching skills.  This guide includes content from a variety of sources to help members self-assess and extend their own teacher and leader skills,using the key principles of education—motivation, reflection, innovation, and feedback. 

Our BERST community works and learns together to develop as teachers, coaches, advisors, and leaders.  If you have questions, or suggested additional resources, please email 

BERST Is Accepting Applications for 2021-2022


The beauty of our BERST community is its diversity of voices at the table. BERST provides the opportunity to network with a diverse group of educators both in and outside of our institution. The growth of this social network is critical as good teaching grows through feedback and collaboration. Additionally, we hope that it leads to more interprofessional educational collaboration outside of BERST. Our members rate the diversity of our community as one of the key benefits of their membership.

As a BERST member, you will: 

  • Engage with an interprofessional community of educators across the institution
  • Explore key principles of education through innovative professional development sessions
  • Advance your career as a teacher, coach, advisor, or leader
  • Attend regular professional development where continuing education credit is provided

You membership in BERST begins with a required two-day, interactive and foundational professional development experience held in October called Base Camp, date TBD.  From there, you will have access to monthly and annual offerings, including BERST Bites. Plus, you'll have first dibs on attendance at our special offerings such as Rounds and Mini-Courses! 

BERST Academy is open to all employees The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, April 15th. To apply, click here:

For more information or for questions, please email or visit us online at:

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Upcoming Events

Teaching Clinical Reasoning: Working in Effective Diagnostic Teams

Thursday, March 4 @ 1:00pm-3:30pm

This session will explore methods to teach health professions learners clinical reasoning. Specifically, it will focus on interprofessional communication and elevating the voice of patients and families to enhance diagnostic teamwork. You will be led through activities that you can take back to your own learners and teams.​

​​Innovations to the PURCH UMMS-Baystate Track Curriculum

Friday, March 19 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm

Hear from PURCH faculty and students as they share the changes made to the PURCH Curriculum across the four years. Learn about the iterative process of curriculum change and how you can get involved in teaching our UMMS-Baystate students.

BERST and UMMS Present the DRIVE Curriculum Appraisal Tool: A Guide to Audit Your Curriculum for Bias

Tuesday, March 23 @ 9:00am-11:30am

Join us for a hands-on session to explore this tool created by the UMass Medical School Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion for Value in Education Initiative. BERST members, PURCH students, and UMMS-Worcester Faculty will lead us through this tool and how to use it to support the design of our teaching sessions and beyond

*All March events have been sent via Outlook Invites to BERST Members*


In these unprecedented circumstances, we are all being asked to extend beyond our normal way of working -- this includes how we teach and learn. Angela Sweeney, Curriculum Design Specialist in BERST Academy, has created BERST Remote Teaching Resources Online to support the innovative development of online educational content for each other and our learners across the health professions. 

Features include links to the following resources: 

  • ​Considerations for teaching amid COVID-19
  • Baystate-supported tools for teaching
  • Clinical education resources
  • Presentation tools
  • Online conference resources
  • How to apply for continuing education credit with fast-tracking for COVID-19
  • A “How-to” and FAQ page that is regularly updated

Let’s keep learning.

Wishing you and yours good health,​

BERST Academy


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