Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the application requirements for the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program?

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Scores
  • ABSITE (American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination) Scores, if applicable
  • ECFMG Certificate, if applicable
  • Visa Status, if applicable

Q: How is your program structured?

A: There are 4 categorical residents per clinical year.  In addition to this, we have 3 non-designated preliminary intern positions.  Currently, 57 out of 60 months are in rotations at Danbury Hospital.  3 months are spent in a single rotation at the University of Vermont for a combined Transplant and Pediatric Surgery rotation.

Q: Can I visit your program to look at the hospital and speak with people in person?

A:  Due to health concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person meetings or visits are being conducted. This is also in compliance with the request from the AAMC that the 2020-2021 Residency Application process is done virtually across the nation.  We, of course, cannot prevent any individual from coming to Danbury to see the community.  We, however, will not coordinate nor sanction any in-person meeting with any of the residents or faculty, nor facilitate any visits to Danbury Hospital.  In addition to minimizing the national risk of spread of COVID-19, this creates a "level playing field" for any medical student who cannot travel due to personal health or school travel restrictions.  We hope to be able to resume in-person interviews and coordinated visits for the 2021-2022 season.

Q: Do interns get to operate?

A: Yes!  The expectation is that interns will be operating at both the Surgeon Junior and First Assistant levels throughout the year. The average number of Surgeon Junior cases performed by interns is approximately 100 each year.

Q: What is the call schedule like?

A: Except for the ICU, all teaching surgical services operate under a Night Float system.  The current Night Float schedule is a 23 hour call on Sunday, followed by Monday-Thursday nights.  Each level of resident will have 1-2 months of Night Float per year.  This leaves 24 hour calls on Friday and Saturday.  On average each resident who is not on Night Float will have one Friday and one Saturday call per month, leaving the other two weekends free.  The ICU has a modified call schedule that averages one 24 hour call plus 3-4 additional 12 hours shifts per week.

Q: What exactly is the relationship between Danbury Hospital and the University of Vermont?

A: Danbury Hospital, in combination with Norwalk Hospital and New Milford Hospital, constitute a second branch campus for the University of Vermont, the Connecticut Clinical Branch Campus.  Medical students enrolled in this branch campus spend the first 2 didactic years of medical school in Burlington, Vermont.  They then spend their clinical rotation years at the Connecticut Branch hospitals.  Surgery residents at Danbury Hospital receive appointments as Clinical Instructors at the University of Vermont.  The surgical residencies at Danbury Hospital and the University of Vermont (Burlington) are completely separate.

Q: What is the difference between the Danbury Hospital Surgery Residency and the Health Quest Surgery Residency?

A: Danbury Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center (where the Health Quest residency is based) are part of the same clinical network, Nuvance Health.  The two residencies are completely separate, although there are faculty members who operate at both sites and independently work with residents from both programs.

Q: What exactly is the housing lottery?

A: Open to all interns, the lottery will provide either free housing on campus or a rent subsidy.  All incoming interns are encouraged to enter the lottery.  If picked, an on-campus rent-free apartment will be provided.  For those who do not get an apartment, a rent subsidy allowance will be added monthly.  This benefit, unfortunately, does not extend beyond the intern year.

Q: What are your score requirements for the USMLE and ABSITE?

A: The Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program does not have strict minimum requirements as we have a holistic approach to application review.

Q: Am I still eligible to apply to your program if I have not taken the ABSITE?

A: Yes

Q: Am I still eligible to apply to your program if I have only taken steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE?

A: Yes

Q: Do you participate in ERAS and NRMP?

A: Yes. 

Q: Will you accept an applicant who has not participated in ERAS and NRMP?

A: No

Q: Does the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program accept applications from foreign medical graduates?

A: Yes

Q: Does the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program sponsor visas?

A: Yes, H1B visas are sponsored by Danbury Hospital

Q: Are there any other visas the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program will accept?

A: Yes, the J1 visa through ECFMG