Quinnipiac University

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Rural Family Medicine Residency

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. 

Training the Next Generation of Family Physicians

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

The Rural Family Medicine Residency program will train residents to provide the highest quality of medical care to rural and underserved communities. Our mission of guiding the training of the next generation of exceptional family physicians is supported by three core pillars:

  • Service to Our Communities of Practice Our program will ensure timely access to care for the patients we serve and will train our residents to bring that care to the communities where they will ultimately practice.

  • Quality Education in an Integrated Environment Our program will provide state-of-the-art education for residents in an integrated, multidisciplinary environment. Faculty will be recruited, supported and retained and will be responsible for teaching, engaging in clinical research and providing the highest level of healthcare for local patients. 

  • A Strong Foundation of Scholarly Activity Our program recognizes that medical education must be built on a strong scientific foundation. Our faculty and residents will engage in scientific research projects and scholarly work for the purpose of improving well-being and reducing the burden of illness in rural and underserved communities.

Resident Experience — Year 1

Residents begin their experience in Bridgeport, one of the largest and most ethnically-diverse cities in Connecticut. 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.

The bulk of training in the PGY-1 year will take place at St Vincent's Medical Center. Founded in 1903, St Vincent’s is a 473-bed tertiary care hospital and a Level II trauma center. Here, residents will train in inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, intensive care, obstetrics and behavioral health.

Residents will complete additional training in orthopedics and pediatrics, including an inpatient pediatrics experience at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Learn more about our Curriculum 

Resident Experience — Years 2 and 3

Immediately following the PGY-1 year at St. Vincent's, residents will complete the last two years of their training in Northwest Connecticut. This location offers residents the opportunity to care for a rural, underserved and socioeconomically diverse population. The patients and the local community are warm and welcoming, and along with the hospital staff and faculty, are committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

Rural Training Sites

The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program primarily serves two municipalities in Connecticut — Winsted, a small town of about 6,500 residents, and Torrington, a larger city 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. 

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Compensation and Benefits

Residents within the Rural Family Medicine Residency program enjoy a healthy compensation package including but not limited to bi-weekly salary, paid time off, health and dental insurance and access to a retirement plan.

  • PGY1 - $64,441

  • PGY-2 - $66,761

  • PGY-3 - $70,158


Paid Time Off
  • 15 days of vacation time

  • 10 days of sick leave

  • 5 days of paid professional and educational time

Benefits and Insurance
  • 6 weeks of family and medical leave

  • Health, dental and vision insurance

  • Long-term disability insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Professional liability insurance

  • Retirement plan

Prospective residents may download the comprehensive summary of benefits through the Hartford HealthCare Graduate Medical Education website.

How to Apply

Applications to the Rural Family Medicine Residency program must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

A total of 4 positions are available per year. 

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Application Timeline

The first applications to the program will be accepted starting in September of 2023 and must be completed by January 1, 2024.

Completed applications will be reviewed in September and October with virtual interviews taking place twice a week from late October through the end of January.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants should plan to submit three letters of recommendation, with at least one coming from a family medicine faculty member.

  • USMLE Step 1 exam results are required to be considered for an interview.

  • USMLE Step 2 exam results are preferred but may be pending.

  • COMLEX Level 1 exam results are required for osteopathic student applicants who wish to be considered for an interview.

  • Applicants may have a gap of up to two years between medical school graduation and their first year of residency.

  • Applicants with a gap of one year or more must have clinical experience in the United States during that timeframe.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We commit to building a culture of health and racial equity, fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all. We value the uniqueness of each person and embrace diverse backgrounds, opinions and experiences. We make space for intellectual, racial, social and cultural diversity and treat everyone with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to ensuring our communities, patients and colleagues across our care system feel accepted and valued, thus establishing a sense of belonging within our program and healthcare sites.

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Traci Marquis Eydman

Dr. Traci Marquis-Eydman

Director, Rural Family Medicine Residency

Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Contact Dr. Marquis-Eydman

Stephanie Morton

Dr. Stephanie Morton

Associate Director, Connecticut Track, Rural Family Medicine Residency

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

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