Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine adds three new residency programs

October 05, 2023

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Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, in partnership with Hartford HealthCare’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, recently added an anesthesiology residency to its outstanding graduate medical education programs with hands-on training in all required anesthesia specialties.

Quinnipiac offers six residency programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Anesthesiology residents will primarily train at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, while pediatric anesthesia and some ICU rotations will be offered at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

“We are proud of our work with Quinnipiac in establishing multi-disciplinary residency programs," said Dr. Rocco Orlando, Hartford HealthCare’s chief academic officer. "These programs are vital in addressing healthcare needs, particularly in rural settings. The involvement of Hartford HealthCare’s St. Vincent's Medical Center and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital further highlight our commitment and dedication to providing comprehensive training to residents in specialized areas while improving access to affordable and equitable health care."

“We know that providing this type of training in Connecticut not only cultivates the future workforce but creates a pipeline for residents to reside and practice where they are trained, addressing critical workforce shortages most notably in primary care,” Orlando added.

Quinnipiac's Dr. Vlad Frenk will serve as director of the anesthesiology residency.

“I am very excited about the inclusion of the anesthesia program,” said Dr. Scott H. Kurtzman, assistant dean for graduate medicine education and designated institutional official who oversees graduate medicine education. “Under Dr. Frenk’s leadership, this will be an outstanding addition to our graduate medical education community.”

“In an era marked by heightened demand for anesthesia services, we are enthusiastic about training the next generation of clinical consultant anesthesiologists,” Frenk added.

The anesthesiology residency program is one of three new programs at Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. The other two programs include rural family medicine and rural psychiatry.

The rural family medicine program will involve St. Vincent’s Hospital and a rural site at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, the program being directed by Dr. Traci Marquis-Eydman.

“I am thrilled to see our family medicine program come to fruition and for our program to be a part of the solution for addressing rural primary care shortages and health care inequities,” Dr. Traci Marquis-Eydman said. “The family medicine residency program leadership team and faculty are looking forward to greeting our first class of residents in June.”

The rural psychiatry residents will spend their first two years at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Inpatient Behavioral Health Services in Westport, with the final two years at Charlotte Hungerford, with Dr. Remy A. Sirken serving as the program director.

“I am excited and proud to be a part of the development of our psychiatry residency program that provides an innovative learning environment to residents,” Dr. Sirken said. “They will be at the forefront of helping to close gaps in health care disparities in rural and underserved communities in Connecticut.”

Quinnipiac’s programs are designed around the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Outcome Project (ACGME) competencies that form the framework for training and evaluating residents.

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