Message from Our Chairman
The General Surgery Residency at Danbury Hospital is now in its eighth year since accreditation by the ACGME. We graduate 3 Categorical Chief Residents per year who not only have high Board Exam passage rates, but go on to obtain spots in highly competitive fellowships around the country. Our affiliation with the University of Vermont gives our residents access to clinical, teaching and research experiences beyond those of just Danbury Hospital, though we have our own multi-million dollar research facility, a state of the art Simulation Lab and are beginning an International Surgery Program for our residents.
The six-year program (five clinical years broken up by one research year) has flourished as we continue to meet our expectations with both performance in The Match, placement of our chief residents in highly competitive and desired fellowships, board passage rates and research output. Residents have completed research projects that have been presented at national meetings or resulted in journal publication.
The faculty at Danbury Hospital is relatively young and predominantly fellowship trained and many of the lead faculty members hold Endowed Chairs. This has created a very progressive surgical milieu, which exposes surgical residents to the very cutting edge of surgical education. From endovascular to robotic to advanced laparoscopic procedures, our surgical residents can expect to have an extremely diverse and unique experience.
Danbury Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which currently includes New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Western Connecticut Home Care, Western Connecticut Medical Group, and an EMS division. A new patient tower with private rooms, state of the art ED, ICU and current plans for expanding OR space and capacity ensure a unique and exciting setting for our residents to learn to become leaders in the field of surgery. The network is not only a frontrunner in clinical surgical care but also recognized nationally by the American College of Surgeons as being an early adapter of quality improvement initiatives such as NSQIP and QITI. These programs are used to ensure the highest quality standards of surgery and are integrated into our residents' training experience. Graduates will be fluent in the new currencies of surgery which are quality, safety, and fiscal responsibility. Surgical residents who graduate from Danbury Hospital’s program will not just be excellently trained surgeons; they will be prepared to lead the way in the ever changing future of healthcare.
Keith Zuccala, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chairman, Department of Surgery