Although Danbury Hospital began as a community hospital in 1885, over the past 20 years it has transitioned into a tertiary referral center in the Connecticut division of Nuvance Health, a 7 hospital clinical network spanning the New York – Connecticut border. As a result, the clinical experience for our residents has become blend of both complex and “bread and butter” surgical diseases and cases.
We are continuously refining our educational program, having recently completed a multi-year transition from a lecture based curriculum to a flipped classroom model based on the SCORE syllabus. Each week, the residents participate in four hours of protected and 2 hours of unprotected didactic time utilizing a variety of educational formats. Residents participate in both tissue based and inanimate simulation skills sessions at the Spratt Center for Simulation, an 8,000 square foot center at Danbury Hospital that houses laparoscopic, robotic, and VR endoscopy training equipment.
In addition to clinical and technical training, we emphasize development in all the skills needed to be a successful surgeon in the modern era. Residents participate in hospital committees that determine policy in the ICU, ER, and network trauma system; deployment of new technology in the OR; and hospital ethics. Participation increases working knowledge in navigating multi-disciplinary and administrative systems core to modern hospital networks. All PGY4 residents complete the American College of Surgeons Residents as Teachers and Leaders course. Residents are offered funded research years of training. A newly created Center for Surgical Clinical Research works in tandem with the Research Department at Danbury Hospital to support departmental research projects. Residents also have access to the Global Health Program at Nuvance Health, which has teaching agreements with hospitals Zimbabwe, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Russia, and Vietnam.
As 56 out of 60 months are spent on clinical rotations at Danbury Hospital, the faculty and residents get to know each other well. This helps to build trust and engagement between the attendings and the residents, critical to our goal of graduated autonomous care of patients in and outside of the OR.
The vast majority of our graduates have progressed into highly competitive fellowship training, although several have chosen to transition directly into surgical practice. Our alumni/alumnae have gone on to careers in community, academic, and international practice. I hope that as you continue in your look at our residency you find a dynamic environment well suited for the next step in your surgical career.
Royd Fukumoto, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director, Surgery Residency Program