Dear Residency Candidate:
Welcome to the Norwalk Hospital Internal Medicine Residency! We are dedicated to providing you with a world-class residency education in a setting that is friendly, warm and supportive. Affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine, Norwalk Hospital has a long tradition of training excellent physicians who go on to achieve success and become leaders in a variety of careers within general internal medicine and its subspecialties. Let me share with you some of the unique aspects of Norwalk Hospital and our residency program.
Norwalk Hospital is ideally situated approximately one hour from New York City, in an area rich with cultural and recreational activities for adults and children of all ages. This setting allows us to attract top-notch faculty trained at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Our faculty is dedicated to the mission of teaching residents and medical students evidence-based, patient-centered care. We strongly believe that teaching the doctors of tomorrow is a special calling that must be approached with caring and dedication.
We provide all residents with individualized training and mentoring so that they can pursue their highest aspirations as physicians, whether in primary care, in hospital medicine, or through additional training in fellowship programs. As a result, over the last few years, our residents have been accepted to fellowships at Yale, Dartmouth, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and other top university institutions. They have also been recruited to excellent positions in primary care and hospital medicine all over the country.
In addition to an extraordinary faculty, the Norwalk Hospital Internal Medicine Residency offers our residents outstanding educational experiences within each of the three major areas of residency training. Our Hospitalist Clinician Educator Program has been developed as an innovative model for integrating hospitalists and residents in a way that dramatically improves both inpatient care and residents’ educational outcomes. In our Critical Care units, residents work with an award-winning, nationally recognized team, are exposed to cutting-edge medicine, and participate in multiple clinically relevant quality improvement projects. Finally, our Ambulatory Care rotations take place primarily in a free-standing, community-based health center created as a site which integrates resident education with care for the medically underserved. Care for adult medicine patients at the health center is provided largely by resident physicians closely supervised by dedicated attending faculty.
These core rotations are supplemented by an extensive choice of elective opportunities both at Norwalk Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital as well at as other institutions throughout the country. Novel educational opportunities also abound throughout the program. At the health center, residents participate in regular sessions on quality improvement, clinical examination skills and evidence-based medicine. At the hospital, training in simulation, a monthly interactive patient safety conference, and communication skills workshops enhance curricular learning.
Strong research opportunities supplement our residents’ educational experience. All trainees are encouraged to pursue scholarly activity, and faculty members involved in research are eager for resident participation. Residents and faculty at Norwalk Hospital regularly present at regional and national academic meetings. In addition, we have consistently been active in publishing articles and chapters in medical journals and textbooks. There are also numerous opportunities to become involved in research projects at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Finally, as a program, we feel strongly connected to the community we serve. Our residents reach out in many ways to serve beyond the walls of the hospital. They serve as leaders who provide meals at local soup kitchens, “ask the doctor” counseling at health fairs, and community health education at talks throughout the city.
Thank you for taking the time to look at the Norwalk Hospital Internal Medicine Residency. We feel that we offer a superb training experience and hope that you will consider us as the way to foster your love, passion and excitement for internal medicine.
Mark E. Kulaga, MD