Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

Danbury Hospital sponsors residency training in Dentistry; Internal Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Pathology; Primary Care; and Surgery. Danbury Hospital is also a participating institution for affiliated residency programs in Anesthesiology and Psychiatry.

The hospital received Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and is approved to sponsor residency programs by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

Danbury Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Department designed its training program to enable the graduating resident to assume the role of an OB/GYN Generalist as well as prepare them for an OB/GYN subspecialty if desired. The program is a four-year ACGME accredited residency with three categorical residents per year.

The program is strong both clinically and academically.  The residents are actively involved with a diverse patient population across a variety of clinical settings. 

We have a very personable and collaborate faculty that ensure our residents receive an evidence based education.  All subspecialties are involved in resident didactic and clinical teaching activities.  Our multi-disciplinary team approach to patient care allows our residents to participate in all areas of our specialty.  Our educational objectives and curriculum provide training for excellence in clinical and technical skills.  Graduates of this program are prepared to enter clinical practice, pursue a fellowship, or join a university faculty.

Obstetrics and Gynecology residents are given protected didactic time to attend our educational conferences. There are weekly didactics which are a combination of lectures in pertinent topics, basic science and evidence based clinical reviews. Our program provides an enriching teaching curriculum. Faculty and residents participate in the following educational activities:

  • Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Boards are held twice a month to review all cases of gynecological malignancy at Danbury Hospital. This is a multidisciplinary conference with participation of Pathology, Radiology and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Chairman’s Rounds are held monthly to provide our residents with an in-depth knowledge of gathering complete and comprehensive diagnostic information in order to prepare a treatment plan for the pre-operative and post-operative patient.Residents will progressively become proficient at the preparation and prevention of complications for female patients requiring gynecologic services.
  • Case Review Conference is held weekly to review recent operative cases with residents and attending staff. It is formatted as an oral board examination.
  • High Risk Obstetrics Rounds is a multidisciplinary conference where all high risk patients are discussed with the perinatologists, genetic counselor and clinical team.
  • Grand Rounds are conducted.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecologic Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held monthly to provide a safe venue for residents to identify areas of improvement and to promote transparency in assessing and improving patient care.It is also a forum to teach curriculum on quality improvement and to foster an open environment to discuss medical errors.
  • Nurses’ Forum encourages physician and nursing staff to collaboratively improve patient care.
  • Journal Club and Research and Publication Update is held monthly to provide residents the encouragement, opportunity and assistance to understand the peer reviewed literature and establish a pattern of lifelong self-learning.
  • Practice Bulletins, Committee Opinions and Obstetrics and Gynecology book chapters are assigned weekly. Challenger and Truelearn are available to residents for self-study purposes.

Danbury Hospital opened the Harold A. Spratt Center for Simulation and Clinical Learning in 2014.

The new simulation center creates virtual clinical scenarios for our residents and OBGYN team. Our residents participate in high risk obstetrical emergency scenarios by interacting with our high fidelity obstetrical model, Lucina.

The fidelity model enhances technical skills, teamwork and communication skills. 

For gynecological training, we have state of the art robotic surgery simulation technology, including a DiVinci robotic simulator as well as Mimic’s dV-Trainer.

In addition, we utilize many low fidelity simulation models throughout the residents’ training, including laceration repair, vaginal hysterectomy and uterine evacuation. The simulation experiences improve patient safety, technical skills and efficiency during real-time clinical experiences.

Simulation

Danbury Hospital/WCHN established an innovative global health (GH) program.  OBGYN residents and faculty have been actively involved with this program.  In recent years, we have participated in medical mission trips to Ecuador, Honduras, Uganda, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe.  We have created partnerships and with several global sites and have been a host to OB/GYN physicians in our department. Our department continues to value the global health opportunities to enhance education.

Monthly Didactic Schedule

Week One Week Two Week Three  Week Four
Monday
(2 hrs)
Case Review
Grand Rounds
Case Review
Grand Rounds
Case Review
Nurses' Forum
Case Review Ob/Gyn M&M
Tuesday
(2 hrs)
Chairman Rounds

High Risk OB Conference
High Risk OB Conference High Risk OB Conference High Risk OB Conference
Thursday
(2 hrs)
Gyn Oncology Lecture

Gyn Tumor Board
Gyn Oncology Lecture

Gyn Tumor Board
Friday
(2 hrs)
Resident Didactics Resident Didactics Resident Didactics Resident Didactic Journal Club

MFM/NICU Conference


2018-2019 
Block Schedule 

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

Obstetrics
3 months

Obstetrics
2 months

Obstetrics
2 months

Obstetrics
2 months

Night Float
2 months

Night Float
2 months

Night Float
2 months

Night Float
2 months

Gynecology
3 months

Gynecology
3 months

Gynecology
3 months

Gynecology
3.5 months

Ambulatory Outpatient
1 month

Ambulatory 
Outpatient
1 month

Ambulatory
Outpatient
2 months

Ambulatory Outpatient
1 month

Ultrasound
1 month

Norwalk
2 months

Research/Elective
1 month

UroGynecology
1 month

Internal Medicine
1 month

ICU/Research
1 month

REI
1 month

GYN Oncology
3.5 months

Emergency Department
1 month

REI
1 month

MFM
1 month

 

Norwalk
1 month

MFM
1 month

GYN Oncology
1 month


Educational Purpose

Our residency introduces residents to the methods of evidence-based, hypothesis-driven research.  This curriculum supplements the residents’ clinical experiences by teaching approaches for conducting a clinical research study as well as interpreting the published literature. 

Structure of the program

The research curriculum is structured to help ensure that residents have a variety of resources available to support research efforts and that residents graduate from our program with at least:

  • Experience presenting research methods and findings at a professional meeting
  • Peer-reviewed publication authored by the resident.

Residents work on their respective research projects throughout the four-year tenure. Residents will also be expected to submit research projects in abstract format to state and/or national professional research conference(s). 

Projects should also be submitted as a poster or an oral presentation to the Danbury Hospital’s Annual Joseph Belsky, MD, Research Day. Initiatives such as The Belsky Research Day help our clinical staff refine their skills in clinical investigation and research and allow Danbury Hospital to provide the best, evidence based care to its patients.

Danbury Hospital OB/GYN Residency Program hosted the 1st  State of CT Resident Research Day in 2012 and has continued annually.

Faculty and Staff 2018

Danbury Hospital

Chairman

Linus T. Chuang, MD      

Program Director                                                            
Erin Panarelli, MD

Residency Program Manager
Jennifer Franke

Assistant Program Director
Jennifer Wong, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine
William Cusick, MD (MFM Network Director) 
Jennifer Wong, MD 
Dimitry Zilberman, DO                      

Gynecologic Oncology
Linus T. Chuang, MD
Vaagn Andikyan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology      
Joshua Hurwitz, MD                                    
Mark Leondires, MD
Cynthia Murdock, MD                                                  
Spencer Richlin, MD       

Urogynecology
Andrea Russo
Scott R. Serels, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty
Andrea Barry, MD
Ken Blau, MD
Laura DeVita, MD
Keith Falter, MD
Gerard Foye, MD
Gene Freylikhman, MD
Patricia Gillotti, MD
Daniel Goldstein, MD
Marjan Hedayatzadeh, MD
Jose Henriquez, MD
Elizabeth Kelly, MD
Elizabeth Kontarines, MD
Bruce Lamonica, MD
Sung Lee, MD
Candice Lovato, MD

Mary Ellen May, MD
Mary Beth Miller, MD
Yelena Paranyuk, MD
Richard Ruben, MD
Mahalingham Satchi, MD
Patricia Whitcombe, MD


Norwalk Hospital

Chairman 
Linus T. Chuang, MD

Norwalk Site Director
Jennifer Marrone, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty
RyaLynn Carter, MD
Kristen Dasilva, MD
John Garafalo, MD
Maryam Hedayatzadeh, MD      
Theresa Mahon, MD
Adam Ofer, MD

OBGYN ResidencyClass of 2019
Class of 2019 – PGY4s: Abhi Tangada, MD, Kendall Adams, DO, Jimmy Yu, DO, Tosin Odunsi-Akanji, MD

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2020 – PGY3s: Ashley Moon, MD, Millicent McCarren, MD Lindsay Lawrence, DO

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2021 – PGY2s: Michelle Marinone, MD, Amanda Tissot, MD, Cassandra Law, DO

Class of 2022
Class of 2022 – PGY1s: 
Joshua Brunton, DO, Ashley Matter, DO, Pratistha Koirala, MD, PhD

Faculty and Staff 2018  

The OBGYN Department Wellness Committee, developed in 2017 consists of the Program Director, Assistant Program Director, Program Manager, residents and faculty members.

The committee meets quarterly to plan resident/department wellness activities throughout the year.   

Crossfit

Crossfit


Painting with Dr. Paranyuk

Painting Painting


1st Annual Danbury Hospital Resident Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Frisbee

Danbury Hospital participates in the National Resident Match Program for its three categorical PGY1 OB/GYN residency positions. Interested applicants must submit an application and all supporting documents online through ERAS. All complete applications are reviewed on an individual basis. To be "complete", each application should contain the following documents:

  • Dean's Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Scores Part I and II and/or NBOME (COMLEX) Level I and II Scores
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (if applicable)

Applications are accepted until November 1st.

Interviews

Our Program receives approximately 500 applications for the 3 categorical PGY1 slots. We typically interview 60 applicants over 3 interview days. Interviews are by invitation only. If accepted for an interview, please plan on being with us for the day. The residents will also invite you to attend an informal dinner the night before the interview day, which is always popular with our candidates!

 

Medical schools currently represented by our residents include:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rocky Vista Univeristy College of Osteopathic Medicine,  Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Trinity School of Medicine, University College of Osteopathic Medicine, , University of Queensland School of Medicine and University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Please contact us with any questions that you may have about the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program or would like more information.

Jennifer Franke 
Residency Program Manager

Danbury Hospital
OB/GYN Residency Program
24 Hospital Ave, Danbury, CT 06810

Email: jennifer.franke@wchn.org