Housing and Benefits
Because most of the residents live in hospital housing, it is common for junior residents to call upon senior residents to help out in some situations. This has proven most valuable in resident-to-resident teaching. House staff and fellows from other departments also live in the hospital-housing complex, which has consequently emerged as a social center for house staff and their families.
For the few that choose to live off campus, Norwalk Hospital provides an additional monthly housing stipend of $370 per month.
The Diagnostic Radiology Department of Norwalk Hospital consists of the facilities at Norwalk Hospital itself and at Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center, an outpatient facility. The Department, together with the outpatient facility, performs over 120,000 examinations each year, employing state-of-the-art equipment in all areas. Training at these two different facilities (inpatient and outpatient) enables residents to experience contrasting types of patients and diseases. This combination serves to broaden the resident’s clinical experience and practical skills.
Over the last several years, both the inpatient and outpatient departments completed major physical and technological renovations. Both centers are completely digital (film-less), with state-of-the-art equipment, voice recognition transcription, and PACS, RIS, and CAD enhanced systems. The combined centers operate a total of four CT scanners, four MRI scanners, four digital mammography units, multiple digital fluoroscopy suites, three nuclear medicine cameras, PET/CT, and state-of-the-art interventional facilities. We also have multiple Vitrea workstations, which enables us to evaluate both CT and MR images in multiple dimensions, and also create 3-D model reconstructions.
Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center was designated a National Showcase by GE Healthcare for its “exceptional clinical expertise in breast health, use of the latest technology, and outstanding patient care.” The center was the only facility in Connecticut to receive this prestigious award. Both centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Norwalk Hospital permits many options for the required PGY-1 (internship) year. Any ACGME-accredited approved clinical year is acceptable. Many residents have completed their PGY-1 year in medicine or surgery, while some have completed transitional years.
Residents are allotted a post-call day after a call shift. In addition, during scheduled calls on a weekday (Monday-Thursdays), residents are excused 2 hours before they are scheduled for their evening call shift in order to help relieve resident burnout.
Traditionally, holiday coverage is covered by the current 2nd year residents (the eve and day of). In return, each eve/holiday call shift is converted into an “extra” vacation day for use by that resident.
Furthermore, as third year residents, we are allotted time off to attend two board review courses of your choice that is reimbursed by the department. We are also allotted time off for fellowship and job interviews.
- Residents’ salaries are competitive and Norwalk Hospital provides highly subsidized housing. Medical, dental, life, and disability insurance are provided for house staff and their families.
- All first-year radiology residents receive, from the faculty, a myriad of radiology textbooks deemed important for learning general radiology and passing the CORE exam.
- For outside rotations, including the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology and clinical rotations at Yale New Haven Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital , Norwalk Hospital and the faculty pay tuition, travel costs, and lodging. There is no expense to the resident.
- A physics review and clinical review course for the ABR Core exam is fully reimbursed.
The moonlighting residents’ responsibilities include providing clinical care should a contrast reaction occur, and providing preliminary reads for the outpatient radiographs, ultrasounds, and CTs performed.