Primary Care Residency

The American College of Physicians stated that “medical education and training will need to change to better prepare young physicians for practice under the "advanced medical home model". We have taken this concept and created an innovative Primary Care Residency Track in the Patient-centered Medical Home model that we hope meets this objective. Trainees in our program will spend a significant portion of their time in the outpatient setting.

Our block electives are designed to provide a broad primary care training experience. These specially designed processes provide our resident-physicians with the tools needed to provide comprehensive outpatient care upon graduation.

Mission Statement

The Patient-centered Medical Home model focuses the process of health care on the needs of the patient as the priority above all else. Our goal is in adherence to this principle within our training program in order to prepare our resident-physicians well for a successful future in Primary Care.

Resident Representatives

Julia Hermanowski, MD, Chief Medical Resident
Shashi Kariyawasam, MD, Chief Medical Resident
Lirim Krveshi, MD, Chief Medical Resident

Aparna Oltikar, MD, FACP
Chair of Medicine
Western Connecticut Health Network
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury CT 06810

Winston Shih MD
Program Director Internal Medicine 
Western Connecticut Health Network
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury CT 06810

William Delaney, MD
Associate Program Director- Primary Care Track
Western Connecticut Health Network
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury CT 06810

Vivian C. Zawadzki
Primary Care Residency Program Coordinator
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

  • Primary Care Physician, Gonzaba Medical Group, San Antonio, Texas
  • Primary Care Physician, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
  • Primary Care Physician, Danbury Hospital, Primary Care-Chief Resident
  • Primary Care Physician, Geriatric Kaiser Permanente-Modesto, Modesto Medical Office, Modesto, CA
  • Primary Care Physician, WellStar Medical Group, Smyrna Primary Care Center, Smyrna, Georgia 
  • Primary Care Physician, WCMG Primary Care at New Milford Hospital, New Milford, CT
Applications for our program are accepted exclusively through the Residency Application Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges (ERAS).

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the Primary Care Residency Program at Danbury Hospital.

Vivian C. Zawadzki
Primary Care Residency Coordinator
Danbury Hospital
Primary Care Residency Program
24 Hospital Ave
Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: (203) 739-4973


Primary Care Residency Program

Q: What are the application requirements for the Danbury Hospital Primary Care Residency Program?

  • A Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Scores
  • Complex Scores (if applicable)
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • Visa Status (if applicable)

Q: Does Internal Medicine participate in ERAS and NRMP?

  • A: Yes

Q: Do we accept outside applications?

  • A: No, we ONLY ACCEPT applications from ERAS applicants.

Q: How many applicants do you accept per year?

  • A: Primary care track accepts 6 residents per year. We start reviewing our applications in September and setting up interviews in November, December and January. You will be notified with an e-mail if you are selected to interview.

Q: What USMLE steps are required?

  • A: Step 1 and Step 2 CS and CK are required.

Q: Is US clinical experience required?

  • A: Helpful but not mandatory.