In accordance with recommendations from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Rural Family Medicine Residency program offers virtual interviews to ensure equitable access.
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.
Our program offers all the academic and scholarly benefits of a world-class, university-sponsored program, yet our residents learn within a rural community hospital and clinic setting. Our collection of hospitals and rural training sites provide a diverse set of experiences and a wider variety than one might expect.
As a newer family medicine residency program, we are able to provide a resident-centered and community-focused experience that equips trainees with the skills they need to provide full-spectrum family medicine in any practice setting.
Our program is designed to maximize learning experiences while promoting resident wellness and work-life balance.
There is no overnight call system in the first year. There is, however, a night float system for inpatient medicine, intensive care and obstetrics and gynecology.
In the second and third years, residents will take call from home in certain rotations for OB-GYN and community medicine and will also have night float opportunities in inpatient medicine.
During the first year, residents will have the opportunity to work alongside internal medicine residents on their inpatient medicine and ICU rotations, providing a robust and collaborative inpatient medicine learning experience. In addition, year 1 residents will rotate with residents in inpatient pediatrics.
In years 2 and 3, residents will work alongside rural psychiatry residents in their behavioral health rotations and in their continuity clinic to model a collaborative approach to care for a rural patient population.
All residents participate in a weekly didactic session. These four-hour teaching sessions include formal didactics, hands-on workshops, case-based discussions, simulation in one of our modern simulation centers, journal clubs, quality and safety conversations, resident discussion forums and wellness activities. In addition, residents will participate in board review and preparation sessions, health systems practice management and interdisciplinary work rounds.
Adhering to our mission to train full-spectrum family physicians that are able to practice in rural and underserved areas, we provide extensive opportunities for obstetrics. Our residents partake in two months of obstetrics in year 1 as part of an apprenticeship model that includes inpatient and outpatient OB. In years 2 and 3, our residents are provided an opportunity to pursue longitudinal obstetric care and management of patients. Residents are encouraged to explore numerous elective opportunities including neonatal intensive care as well.
All residents will be trained in standard dermatologic, gynecologic and orthopedic procedures. Our faculty works with residents interested in more specialized procedures to ensure that they get the training they need whether through elective rotations or enhancement of standard experiences.
3rd and 4th-year medical students rotate through inpatient medicine service at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT as well as the outpatient clinic in Winsted, CT. Residents can work with students in these areas and can also become more involved through electives in academic medicine through the Netter School of Medicine.
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.
Our leadership places a premium on residents who are interested in influencing and shaping our residency program. The Rural Family Medicine Program seeks out residents who want to have a direct impact on the growth and development by providing regular feedback to program leaders.
Our program offers residents the opportunity to work with a range of underserved populations in both urban and rural areas. In year 1, residents will train in Bridgeport, one of the largest and most ethnically diverse cities in the state of Connecticut. Around 65% of the population of Bridgeport identifies as non-White and almost 50% of the residents speak a language other than English at home.
In years 2 and 3, residents will train in a more rural area in northwest Connecticut. Residents will attend to a mix of individuals who have lived their entire lives in the area along with people who have moved to the area recently for affordable housing and beautiful surroundings.
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. Residents will be expected to generate at least two scholarly products before graduation, including at least one quality improvement project. In addition, our program collaborates with neighboring residency programs in scholarship dissemination and celebration.
Residents will receive frequent and timely formative feedback within each rotation. In addition, residents will receive summative, milestone-based assessments from attendings along with 360-degree evaluations from peers and staff. These reports will be collated for the purposes of individualized learning plans and advisor-advisee meetings to facilitate each resident’s professional and personal growth.
Yes! The areas where our residents live and work are safe and affordable, with top-quality schools and ample opportunities for family-friendly outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and fishing.
Weekend and day trips are easy to accomplish in New England. Winsted, CT and Torrington, CT are both less than a three-hour drive from New York City and Boston, MA. Additionally, these areas are close to hiking and skiing in western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Connecticut’s beaches, casinos, vineyards, breweries and museums are an even shorter drive away.