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 primary care physician and consultant 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 held twice a month with speakers from Yale University, University of Vermont and other institutions.
  • 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.
  • Case Network and Challenger are assigned to residents weekly in conjunction with the weekly lecture themes.  Practice Bulletins, Committee Opinions and Obstetrics and Gynecology book chapters are assigned weekly.

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.

OB/GYN Around the Globe July 2016 – June 2017

Ecuador
Dr. Lee and Bethany Brady traveled to Guayaguil, Ecuador in September. They spent the week operating at Hospital Madre Berenice and were able to provide over 20 patients surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse and fibroid uterine disease. They were welcomed warmly by the staff of the hospital and church who have been working with Dr. Lee for over 25 years.

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Honduras
Vaya Tanamai, MD traveled to Honduras with an all-female team. We evaluated 76 patients and did 35 procedures including abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies, perineoplasties and a BURCH procedure. The end of the trip was celebrated with Honduras' National Doctors Day party where they also recognized our attending doctors.

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Dominican Republic
Dr. Robert Samuelson and Dr. Corrie Miller in collaboration with the WCHN Global Health Department recently visited the UNIBE campus in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of the visit was to tour the UNIBE medical school program in order to build a WCHN-UNIBE partnership. In addition, the WCHN team visited Hospital Maternidad Nuesta Senora de la Altagracia (HMNSA) and discussed the potential partnership with this institution as well. Future collaboration would include performing major gynecological surgical procedures, acquiring and strengthening resident training in minimally invasive procedures, conducting research, implementing new obstetrical and gynecological protocols, and developing a training program utilizing simulation.

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Honduras
Dr. Samuelson went on a mission trip to Hospital Santo Hermano Pedro, Tegucigalpa Honduras with Abhi Tangada, MD and Dalia White, RN. They performed 8 surgeries 2 abdominal hysterectomies, 2 vaginal hysterectomies with anterior colporrhaphy as well as a few other procedures.

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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)

Gynecology  Oncology Lecture

      Gyn Tumor Board

 


 

     Gynecology Oncology Lecture

Gyn Tumor Board

 

Friday
(2 hrs)

Resident

Didactics

Resident

 Didactics

Resident Didactics

 

Resident Didactic

Journal Club

MFM/NICU Conference

2017-2018 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

1 month

Gynecology

3 months

Gynecology

2 months

Gynecology

2 months

Gynecology

2 months

Ambulatory Outpatient

2 months

Ambulatory

Outpatient

1 month

Ambulatory

Outpatient

2 months

Ambulatory Outpatient

1 months

Ultrasound

1 month

Norwalk

3 months

Research/Elective

1 month

UroGynecology

1 month

Internal Medicine

1 month

ICU/Research

1 month

REI - Yale

1 month

GYN Oncology

3 months

Emergency Department

1 month

REI

1 month

MFM

1 month

Norwalk

2 months

 

Norwalk Night Float

1 month

Norwalk Night Float

2 months

Norwalk Night Float

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. May 2017 marked the 32nd anniversary of Danbury Hospital’s annual Joseph L. Belsky Research Day, fondly named for our own Dr. Joseph Belsky who continues to be a pioneer in medical education and research at Danbury Hospital. 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 Annual State of CT Resident Research Day in 2012 and has continued annually.

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Danbury Hospital
Interim Chair (until 9/24/17)
Richard Ruben, MD

Chairman (effective 9/25/17)
Linus T. Chuang, MD      

Residency Program Director                                                            
Erin Panarelli, MD

Residency Program Manager
Jennifer Franke                         

Maternal Fetal Medicine
Jennifer Wong, MD (Director, Labor and Delivery; Assistant Program Director, Residency Program)
Dimitry Zilberman, DO                      

Gynecologic Oncology
Linus T. Chuang, MD (OBGYN Department Chairman, GYN Oncology Division Director)
Vaagn Andikyan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology      
Joshua Hurwitz, MD (Division Director)                                       
Mark Leondires, MD
Cynthia Murdock, MD                                                  
Spencer Richlin, MD       

Urogynecology
Scott R. Serels, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty
Andrea Barry, MD
Ken Blau, MD
Laura DeVita, MD
Keith Falter, MD
Gerard Foye, 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
Mary Ellen May, MD
Mary Beth Miller, MD
Bessie Montessano, MD
Yelena Paranyuk, MD
Richard Ruben, MD
Mahalingham Satchi, MD
Patricia Whitcombe, MD
Steven Zamore, MD

Norwalk Hospital
Chairman: Yoni Barnhard, MD

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

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2018 – PGY4s; Anthony DeAngelis, MD, Mai Vu, MD, Tosin Odunsi-Akanji, MD

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2019 – PGY3s: Kendall Adams, DO, Abhi Tangada, MD, Jimmy Yu, DO

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2020 – PGY2s:  Ashley Moon, MD, Millicent McCarren, MD Lindsay Lawrence, DO

OBGYN Residency
Class of 2021 – PGY1s: Michelle Marinone, MD, Amanda Tissot, MD, Cassandra Law, DO

OBGYN Residency

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!

Undergraduate and medical schools currently represented by our residents include: Drexel University College of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rocky Vista,  Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Trinity School of Medicine, University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Connecticut, University of Texas, University of Queensland School of Medicine and University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Please contact us if you have questions about the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Danbury Hospital, or would like more information.

Please contact us with any questions that you may have about the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.

Jennifer Franke 
Residency Program Manager

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

Email: jennifer.franke@wchn.org

OBGYN Residency