Quinnipiac University

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education

Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, in partnership with our affiliated hospitals, offers an outstanding Graduate Medical Education program with hands-on training in a variety of specialties. We currently offer four residency programs with plans to expand in the near future. Residents in our programs have access to the extensive teaching and simulation facilities at the School of Medicine and library as well as the resources and events at Quinnipiac University.

Overview

A satisfying and productive residency or fellowship experience will truly define the rest of your medical career. Quinnipiac Netter offers such opportunities at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, and at Waterbury Hospital for General Surgery. Our programs are designed around the six ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) competencies that form the framework for training and evaluating our residents.

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Programs at St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Since 1903, St. Vincent’s has been dedicated to helping patients in Bridgeport, Connecticut and throughout Fairfield County. In October 2019, St. Vincent’s became part of Hartford HealthCare, the state’s most comprehensive healthcare network. Its care-delivery system serves 161 towns and cities at more than 300 locations, including seven acute-care hospitals, the state’s most extensive behavioral health network, a large multispecialty physician group, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, and a large physical therapy and rehabilitation network.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center offers residencies in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology.

Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is dedicated to graduating skilled physicians with a commitment to life-long learning and compassionate patient care. St Vincent’s Medical Center is a 473-bed community teaching and referral hospital with a Level II trauma center and a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, Connecticut. The Medical Center has earned regional and national recognition for the compassion of its staff, our commitment to patient satisfaction and our quality of care. The hospital has an active medical staff of more than 500 physicians representing a comprehensive range of more than 50 specialty and subspecialty medical and surgical disciplines, which allows our residents to gain significant clinical experience. Our residents receive broad exposure to internal medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings through our inpatient units, intensive care unit, our outpatient Family Health Center, subspecialty community practices and Urgent Care Centers.

Residents get significant experience in ambulatory care, inpatient medicine and all of the medical sub-specialties. Residents attend Grand Rounds and the core lecture series in the Department of Medicine as well as didactics specific to each of their rotations. The Chair and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director work with each resident to fulfill the requirements for a clinical year in their chosen field.

Residents present at clinical conferences during each of the three years of training. Each resident is responsible for reviewing a paper for a journal club and giving one or two noon conferences on a topic of his or her choice.

Learn more about the Internal Medicine Residency program

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

Diagnostic Radiology residents are exposed to patients with a wide range of medical needs. State-of-the-art equipment and facilities include 3 diagnostic CT scanners, a dedicated 4-slice CT unit for the radiation oncology service, a 1.5 Tesla MRI unit, routine diagnostic rooms, fluoroscopic rooms with cine capabilities, an all-digital modern angiographic suite, and ultrasound and nuclear medicine units, including a fixed PET/CT scanner and gamma cameras, all digital with SPECT capabilities.

The department averages more than 130,000 examinations annually, including approximately 60,000 diagnostic examinations, 2,000 nuclear medicine studies, 10,000 ultrasound studies, 30,0000 computerized tomographic scans, and 2,500 interventional procedures that include arthrography, myelography, hysterosalpingography, cholangiography, vascular angioplasties and endovascular stenting, uterine fibroid embolization, uroradiological nephrolithotripsy, radiofrequency ablation and MRI scans performed in the MRI center.

Learn more about the Diagnostic Radiology Residency program

Programs at Waterbury Hospital

Waterbury Hospital is conveniently located in Waterbury, Connecticut – only 40 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford, only two hours from New York and Boston, and less than an hour from ocean beaches and other cultural and recreational sites.

It is home to four major centers of excellence: Orthopedic Surgery Center, Cardiology, Surgical Innovation Center, and Family Birthing Center. Its educational environment is personally enriching and clinically rewarding to prepare you for a career in the private practice or for further training in a your chosen specialty.

General Surgery Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program at Waterbury Hospital was established in 1947. The program is designed around resident education and the six ACGME competencies which form the framework for training and evaluation of our residents. Since the career goals of individual residents may differ, it is our goal to provide a general surgery experience that prepares residents for a productive and satisfying career in surgery.

The Department of Surgery at Waterbury Hospital (and its teaching sites at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases) offer you the chance to learn from a stellar faculty of surgeons who are committed to teaching.

Waterbury Hospital has created an educational environment that is personally enriching and clinically rewarding to prepare you for a career in the private practice of general surgery or for further training in a surgical specialty. The program is small enough to be caring, tough enough to be demanding, and respected enough to recruit the best.

The Department of Surgery at Waterbury Hospital has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care, teaching and service to the community. One of the main advantages of a small community program is our ability to provide individualized feedback and instruction to our residents.

The Department of Surgery encompasses the Sections of General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Orthopedics and Urology are separate Departments. There are no fellowship programs at Waterbury Hospital and as a result, the residents’ operative experience is not diminished by competition with fellows. Our residents routinely scrub on ENT, plastic, vascular and thoracic cases. They are also welcome and occasionally scrub on urology, orthopedic and GYN cases.

Learn more about the Surgical Residency program

Newest Residency Program in Family Medicine

Our newest residency program — the Rural Family Medicine Residency — is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and addressing healthcare inequities through direct patient care, community outreach, health professions education and scholarly inquiry. Residents begin this program within a large urban care center, St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. During this first year in an urban area, residents will gain high-touch experience in inpatient medicine, obstetrics and orthopedics that prepares them for the practice of rural medicine.

Immediately following the PGY-1 year at St. Vincent's, residents will complete the last two years of their training in either Northwest Connecticut or Northern Maine. In both of these tracks, residents will receive the skills, experience and training they need to provide high-quality care in rural and underserved areas.

The three pillars supporting this residency program guide our training of the next generation of family physicians:

  • Service to our communities of practice

  • Quality education in an integrated environment

  • A strong foundation of research and scholarly activity

The Rural Family Medicine Residency program actively recruits, retains and supports faculty that are qualified to provide a state-of-the-art education for residents in an integrated and multidisciplinary environment. Under the guidance of this esteemed faculty, our residents train directly within the communities where they will ultimately practice. 

Recognizing that medical education must be built on a strong scientific foundation, faculty and residents will engage in scientific research projects and scholarly work for the purpose of improving health and reducing the burden of illness in rural and underserved communities.

Applications to the Rural Family Medicine Program will be accepted starting in the fall of 2023. The first cohort of classes will begin in July of 2024. 

In both Connecticut and Maine, residents will care for a rural, underserved and socioeconomically diverse population. The patients and the local communities are warm and welcoming, and along with the hospital staff and faculty, are committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

Fort Kent is a small town of about 4,000 residents in Aroostook County, Maine. Residents will complete their training at Northern Maine Medical Center, which serves about 15,000 patients. 

The vast majority of Fort Kent is forest, surrounded by the natural beauty of lakes, rivers and working farmlands. Outside of their didactic and clinical requirements, residents will enjoy immense opportunities for outdoor recreation in both summer and winter including hiking, skiing mountain biking, fishing and hunting.

In both Connecticut and Maine, residents will care for a rural, underserved and socioeconomically diverse population. The patients and the local communities are warm and welcoming, and along with the hospital staff and faculty, are committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

The Litchfield County track primarily serves two municipalities. Winsted is a small town of about 6,500 residents, while Torrington is a larger suburb of 34,000 residents. Residents will complete their training at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital as well as the Winsted Clinic.

The vast majority of Litchfield County is wooded, with scattered lakes, rivers and hills contributing to a quintessential New England charm. Residents will serve populations living in the same mill towns that prospered during the textile boom in the 19th century.

Outside of their didactic and clinical requirements, residents will enjoy immense opportunities for outdoor recreation as well as fine dining and restaurants. Though rural, Litchfield County is still accessible to major cities in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

Resident Teaching Resources

Residents are central to the teaching mission of our school, educating both medical students and more junior residents. We are committed to preparing residents to teach and helping to develop their skills as educators. Residents are oriented to teaching as new interns and participate in teaching skills curricula throughout their training. Residents also have a dedicated Blackboard site filled with teaching resources and the opportunity to get a Netter Resident Teaching Certificate.

Go to Blackboard site

Request access to Blackboard

If you are having difficulty logging in to Blackboard, contact Client Services at 203-582-HELP (4357).

For any questions about teaching skills development, please contact the Netter Faculty Development team:

Lisa Coplit, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
lisa.coplit@qu.edu
203-582-6493

Katie Lyons
Faculty Development Program Coordinator
katie.lyons@qu.edu
203-582-8803

On-Campus Courses and Events

In addition to program specific resident teaching skills sessions, residents are welcome to attend any Netter faculty development events.

View clinical faculty event calendar

Reporting Concerns

If you have concerns regarding your residency, you should first try and resolve them with your program director. You can also choose to report concerns anonymously using the link below or emailing the director at scott.kurtzman@qu.edu.

Complete the Anonymous Resident Concern Form

Contact Us

For information regarding our residency programs contact:

Internal Medicine
mededucation@hhchealth.org
203-576-6000

Radiology
elizabeth.lopez@hhchealth.org
475-210-5533

Surgery
203-573-7257

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