The Division of Cardiology is involved in resident education at all levels of training. The 25 full-time and 47 voluntary faculty include basic biomedical scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians. They provide a breadth of knowledge from molecular biology research to sophisticated, state-of-the-art, clinical management. In addition to core rotations on inpatient Cardiology and Coronary Care Units, housestaff may also elect experiences in Cardiology office practice, invasive and non-invasive cardiac testing, cardiac rehabilitation and clinical or basic research.
The Division of Endocrinology includes 12 full-time and 17 voluntary faculty. Housestaff may elect to participate in busy outpatient and inpatient services at any of the four training sites in the program. The Diabetes Care Center at Saint Francis Hospital, the Osteoporosis Center at UConn Health, and the Joslin Center for Diabetes at New Britain General Hospital are focal points for clinical experiences and research at those sites.
The Division of Gastroenterology includes 9 full-time and 33 voluntary faculty. The faculty are responsible for more than 6,000 procedures annually, including upper and lower endoscopies, ERCPs, endoscopic sclerotherapy, papillatomy, laser surgery, small bowel and liver biopsies, esophageal studies, and endoscopic ultrasound. In addition to busy clinical electives, the Division of Gastroenterology offers housestaff exciting research opportunities in such areas as receptor-mediated gene therapy, regulation of hepatic collagen synthesis, cirrhosis, and percutaneous contact dissolution of gallstones.
The Division of Hematology/Oncology includes 14 full-time and 30 voluntary faculty. Elective rotations for housestaff in Hematology/Oncology focus on outpatient services that complement busy inpatient activities. Interested residents may also elect rotations in Radiation Oncology and Transfusion Medicine at the American Red Cross Blood Bank. Basic research rotations are also available in cancer immunology and thrombotic disorder.
The education of residents, medical students, and medical staff in the principles and practice of infectious diseases is a prime commitment of the 14 full-time and four voluntary faculty in this Division. Active inpatient consultation services, General Infectious Disease clinics, and specialty clinics in adult vaccinations, AIDS, International Travel Medicine, sexually transmitted diseases, and viral hepatitis provide a breadth of clinical material for elective rotations.
The Division of Nephrology has 6 full-time and 14 voluntary faculty. Acute dialysis services exist at all clinical sites. Renal transplantation is performed at Hartford Hospital. Residents on the Renal elective gain broad exposure in evaluating and treating patients with acute and chronic kidney diseases, complex hypertension, fluid and electrolyte disorders, metabolic bone and stone diseases, and acid-base disorders. A variety of clinical and basic research projects are also available on such topics as hemoperfusion and hemofiltration, nephrolithiais, renal physiology, and studies of the pathogenesis and treatment of hypertension.
The Division of Pulmonary Medicine includes 14 full-time and 11 voluntary faculty. Prime teaching sites include the inpatient and Critical Care Units at each of the training sites. Outpatient pulmonary clinics, a tuberculosis clinic, a sleep disorders laboratory and Occupational Medicine opportunities provide exposure to a wide variety of ambulatory pulmonary problems. Major research interests include the pathogenesis of acute and chronic respiratory failure and the role of surfactant in acute and chronic diffuse lung disease.
The Division of Rheumatology at the University of Connecticut is widely recognized for the depth of the clinical experiences it offers to residents. 6 full-time faculty supervise clinical educational activities at UConn Health and the Newington Veterans Administration Hospital, with more than 5,000 outpatient visits annually. Residents may also elect to participate in a broad range of research topics, from basic immunology and molecular biology to clinical investigations, epidemiology, and therapeutic trials.