An essential feature of a residency program is the establishment of an enriching learning atmosphere. At Norwalk Hospital, both residents and faculty are committed to the teaching process in an environment of mutual understanding and support. The enthusiasm and meaningful involvement of our faculty allows for significant flexibility in meeting the individual needs of each resident.
Our training program in medicine has three major objectives:
- To provide the atmosphere, education facilities and personalized training necessary to stimulate the growth of our residents in becoming knowledgeable and caring physicians
- To create confident leaders through a well-balanced program of challenging inpatient care and ambulatory care
- To provide the best possible healthcare for the Norwalk community, a Norwalk Hospital tradition for more than 100 years
The Department of Medicine has a well-structured conference schedule including daily teaching rounds in the various areas of the program, such as the Team Care general medical floors, Critical Care Unit, Ambulatory Medicine, and the subspecialty electives. Residents also take part in various department-wide conferences, Grand Rounds and Resident Presentations (Patient safety conferences and lectures given by the residents). House staff participate regularly in journal clubs and state-of-the-art medical simulation training is also offered on a regular basis.
Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Medicine Fellowships greatly enhance the educational resources available to the residents. Fellows act as additional clinical instructors, working closely with residents daily. The opportunity to supervise medical students from several different medical schools also helps develop residents’ teaching skills.
Thanks to good ancillary services, residents at Norwalk Hospital can concentrate on taking care of patients. The support networks include IV and blood-drawing teams, highly computerized laboratory services, and an advanced computer system for fully updated patient data.