Education at Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network has a long-standing commitment to the education of healthcare providers. WCHN spans a geographic area from Norwalk, CT along the Long Island Sound, to Kent, CT in the rolling foothills of Litchfield County. Between Norwalk Hospital, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital there are over 740 inpatient beds.
WCHN provides clinical training to learners from a wide variety of disciplines. There are residencies and fellowships in Internal Medicine, Surgery, OB/GYN, Radiology, Pathology Dentistry, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. In addition, nursing students, PA students, PA residents, pharmacy students, podiatric and social work students complete clinical training at WCHN. For the purposes of these training programs, WCHN maintains strong educational partnerships with University of Vermont Larner School of Medicine, Yale University, Ross University, American University of the Caribbean, Sacred Heart University, UConn, Quinnipiac, and Western Connecticut State University among others. There is a heartfelt conviction that when our professionals teach, it enhances the quality of our clinical services.
The Western Connecticut Health Network / University of Vermont Global Health Program sends students, trainees and seasoned practitioners from WCHN and UVM to work, teach and learn in partner health facilities in Zimbabwe, Uganda, The Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Russia, Thailand and China. The program is designed to improve the delivery of healthcare, healthcare education and healthcare research in our partner locations. Physicians and educators from our partner sites visit WCHN to further their training and to participate in ongoing Global Health-related research. The WCHN Global Health Program is an active member of Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Education in the clinical environment is complemented by hands-on experiential training at The Harold A. Spratt Center for Simulation and Clinical Learnings at Danbury Hospital and the McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning at Norwalk Hospital. The libraries at both Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals are additional critical resources for all learners, as healthcare students and providers use evidence-based resources to drive their learning and their clinical decision making. The libraries provide support through their permanent holdings, their access to online resources and the engaged librarians who are active partners in our activities.
Our formal affiliation with University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine has resulted in WCHN being designated as the Connecticut Branch Campus of Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. As a Branch Campus, we offer all of the required core third and fourth year clerkships and core clinical didactics to 70 UVM students. These students do the basic science Foundations Curriculum at UVM in Burlington, VT and will then complete the last two years of their medical school education in Connecticut. Prospective students indicate their preference to remain in Burlington or to participate in the Connecticut Branch Campus at the time of medical school application. Students here participate in health-related community projects in this region and many will participate in the Global Health Program.
In addition, WCHN has strong affiliations with Ross University School of Medicine and American University of the Caribbean. Students from these medical schools spend their entire third year at the WCHN “track”. Of that group, several do fourth year electives at WCHN in preparation for their residency training.
WCHN trains residents and fellows in a number of specialties. Our residency affiliations include UVM, Yale and NYMC. Below is a table of the residences and fellowships offered at WCHN:
Dental Residency: There is a one-year Residency in General Dentistry. Residents hone their general dentistry skills with clinical responsibilities at the Seifert and Ford community Health Center in Danbury and at Danbury Hospital.
WCHN is dedicated to providing clinical opportunities for trainees from a number of disciplines from local institutions. Students from various disciplines, including nursing, Physician Assistants, respiratory therapy, social work, social work and pharmacology spend time at WCHN. Our partner institutions include: Yale University, Scared Heart University, UConn, Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac, and Norwalk Community College. For more information about these programs, please go to the website of the degree-conferring institution.