Educational Goals

Each year of training reflects a continuum of graduated experiences and responsibilities. The program emphasizes growth each year in all core competencies, including medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism, interpersonal skills and communication, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practices. Residents must become familiar with the competencies of training and understand the goals & objectives of each competency as they relate to their particular year of training. At the completion of our three-year residency program, residents will be practice-ready and comfortable dealing with patients presenting with the spectrum of diseases ranging from non-life-threatening ambulatory issues to critical, multi-system illness.

The University of Connecticut Health Center provides vast educational resources that enhance the educational experiences of our residents. Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and John Dempsey Hospital have state-of-the-art Simulation Centers that offer our residents experience in dealing with critical care scenarios in a simulated environment. The University’s library provides free on-line access to most of the major databases and thousands of on-line journals and textbooks. Residents may access these databases from home through use of a proxy server. The program also provides a generous book allowance during each year of training which can be used by housestaff to purchase educational items as well as a $2,500 stipend to be used by housestaff for travel to an educational meeting once in either the PGY2 or PGY3 year. Financial support is also offered for printing of posters for residents who are presenting at local, regional, national or international meetings.

MPH Program - The University of Connecticut School of Medicine has been a pioneer in graduate education in Public Health geared towards those working full-time with available evening course schedule. Residents with an interest in broadening their training to include the unique perspective of health services, research, epidemiology, and health policy is invited to apply to the MPH program. Tuition support is provided.

Medical Student Education - Our Residency Programs value the role that residents have in shaping the choices of medical students and therefore emphasize one-on-one teaching in the ambulatory and inpatient rotations. There is a very strong link between the UConn School of Medicine and the Medicine Residency Programs with medical students specifically integrated into the housestaff experience in all required rotations.