Quinnipiac University

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Clinical Partners

We believe that immersion in clinical experiences is essential. Those experiences expose students to the profession’s best practices, offer them the chance to develop relationships with patients and health care providers, and provide ever-increasing responsibility as they develop their own clinical competency. Unlike many medical schools, we are not affiliated with a single hospital. Rather, our clinical partners include a rich cross-section of urban and community hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, community health centers, and solo and physician group practices. These clinical sites provide an invaluable source of hands-on learning experiences across diverse settings and patient populations — and give our students an inside view of several career options.

Netter Faculty Partners

Our curriculum is intentionally designed to combine clinical skill building with the development of patient-centered skills, guided every step of the way by community physicians, faculty and advisers.

If you are interested in mentoring a Netter student while honing your teaching skills, there are a number of ways to get involved. This includes opportunities to hold guest lectures and group seminars on our North Haven Campus, mentor a student capstone project or precept in your own workplace.

Whether you are a current faculty member, or have worked with us in the past, we invite you to peruse our Netter Faculty Partners site and contact us if you are interested in any of the opportunities. By sharing your knowledge and experience with those who will follow in your footsteps, you are helping to shape the next generation of students into compassionate, patient-centered physicians.

Netter Faculty Partners

Where you’ll put learning into practice

At Quinnipiac, a big part of your experience will involve getting off campus and working with actual patients in clinical settings. As a community hospital-based medical school, we offer you a wide range of clinical experiences across several states. You will experience a variety of clinical settings and get a feel for what it takes to be a compassionate, competent health care provider.

Starting in your very first term, in a mentored clinical experience we call the Medical Student Home (MeSH) program, you will spend an afternoon each week observing and working on site with a practicing community physician who will come to know you well over 2 years.

You will receive mentoring and career guidance from full-time faculty members who are experts in their fields and who have been selected for their interest in preparing the next generation of medical providers. Clinical faculty at our affiliated institutions will introduce you to national networks of possibility. You will rotate through a range of high-quality hospitals and other health care centers, learning how different places organize and deliver their care. Though these clinical partnerships, you will gain valuable insights about what you want in your own career and the knowledge, skills and contacts that will position you for success once you start it.

Principal Partnerships

Kevin Kuo, MD ’17, a member of the inaugural class of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, works his final shift in the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Shaping the future of medicine together

We are committed to providing students with the highest levels of clinical experience in the most respected and forward-looking patient care venues. Your rotations will take you through multiple departments to learn from and be mentored by physicians across a range of specialties — and help treat, firsthand, a variety of patients. Of our many valued partnerships, our primary clinical partners include St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport is part of the Hartford HealthCare network and serves a diverse urban and suburban patient population. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is part of Trinity Health of New England, which employs more than 300 clinical providers. We also work with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, a children’s general medical facility and one of the nation’s top pediatric teaching hospitals. These partners expose our students to a spectrum of settings and approaches to health care delivery under the first-rate instruction of clinical faculty physicians.

Dynamic and people-first caregiving

Trinity Health of New England is a fully integrated health care delivery system and a member of one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the United States.

Trinity Health of New England's focus on progressive, people-first caregiving, combined with a commitment to meeting the needs of the most underserved populations, corresponds on a deep level with the Netter philosophy. The 92 acute care hospitals and 51 home care and hospice agencies help make Trinity Health of New England the fourth-largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States.

Trinity Health of New England’s anchor facility, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, in Hartford, Connecticut, has been a major institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, St. Francis is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.

Other Trinity Health entities where our students gain clinical experience:

  • The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute
  • The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut
  • Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Home and Community Health Services
  • The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Saint Mary’s Hospital

Compassionate and innovative care

Hartford HealthCare is a community of caregivers committed to improving the health and healing of the people and communities it serves. It uses research and education to deliver coordinated, consistently high standards of care. It has a number of alliances with area hospitals and health care providers that improves the timeliness, effectiveness and accuracy of its services.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center joined Hartford HealthCare’s network of providers on Oct. 1, 2019. This change enhances its role as a lead clinical educational partner to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. St. Vincent’s active medical staff of more than 700 physicians treat and offer compassionate care to a diverse patient population in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It represents more than 50 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including cardiology, surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, radiology, emergency medicine, women's health services, family services and behavioral health.

During rotations, students work around specialists performing advanced procedures while also helping to ensure that patients receive the individualized care they can only get in community-based settings.

Other Hartford HealthCare network providers where our students gain clinical experience:

    • MidState Medical Center
    • Natchaug Hospital
    • Rushford

 

Our Partner Network

Jake Rice, MD ’21, works with Dr. Joseph Pruner at his internal medicine practice in Wolcott, Connecticut.

An expansive clinical network

In just a few short years, our reputation for cultivating dedicated and talented physicians has spread to several prestigious health care systems. The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine maintains a deep ancillary network of partnerships with over a dozen hospitals and health care centers in New England and Florida. These include not-for-profit children’s hospitals, acute care community hospitals, senior care and retirement living communities, diagnostic and rehabilitation facilities, and more.

Many of our partners have been recognized for their excellence by the Joint Commission, Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN), U.S. News & World Report and Fortune magazine. They continue to redefine what quality, patient-centered care means in a rapidly shifting medical field.

From state-of-the-art cancer facilities to award-winning critical care centers, the resources available to you are second to none.

Partners in our network include:

  • Bristol Hospital, Bristol, Connecticut
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Connecticut Hospice, Branford, Connecticut
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Manchester, Connecticut
  • Fairhaven Community Health Care, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Griffin Hospital, Derby, Connecticut
  • Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home, Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Masonicare, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut
  • Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent, Maine
  • ProHealth Physicians, Farmington, Connecticut
  • Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida
  • United Community & Family Services, Norwich, Connecticut
  • University of Oxford Neuroscience, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut

Northern Maine Medical Center Partnership

The Northern Maine Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship experience is designed for students who are committed to the care of rural communities. Beginning in April of their third year, a select group of Netter students complete an innovative curriculum of integrated clinical experiences, designed to treat the whole patient and family, across a continuum of care.

Learn more about the Maine clerkship

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