Hartford Hospital is the region’s major Level 1 trauma center and site for LIFE STAR, an air ambulance service for critically or injured patients throughout the state. This busy private hospital provides residents exposure to a variety of orthopaedic subspecialties including trauma, adult reconstruction, sports and hand.
The mainstay of the clinical experience at Hartford Hospital is the trauma rotation. Over 3000 trauma patients are seen and 800 orthopaedic trauma procedures are performed each year. This rotation provides the residents exposure to all aspects of orthopaedic trauma.
Five residents rotate at Hartford Hospital at any given time. At this very busy, high-volume training site, special attention has been paid to developing a network of in-hospital physician assistants and nurse practitioners to assist with day-to-day in-patient care and cover overnight in-house call in an effort to maximize the residents' operative experience.
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Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Saint Francis is Connecticut's third largest hospital and this rotation is a valuable educational experience for the residents. Three residents rotate at this site and spend a majority of time on a busy arthroplasty, trauma, and sports rotations. The residents have the opportunity to work very closely with a small group of attendings on a general orthopaedic rotation.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford is the region’s only full-service hospital devoted completely to the care of children. The residents are exposed to all aspects of pediatric orthopaedic surgery including trauma, limb lengthening and deformity correction, neuromuscular disorders, spine deformities and pediatric sports insures.
While at Connecticut Children’s, each resident is in a mentor relationship with a single attending for one month at a time. A highly qualified staff of five pediatric orthopaedic surgeons provides an excellent educational environment for the resident at Connecticut Children’s. Weekly preoperative and postoperative conferences, journal club, and didactic lectures provide full immersion into the pediatric orthopaedic experience. The residents learn the principles of orthopaedic surgery, surgical indications, and postoperative rehabilitations as well as the art of non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
In addition, Connecticut Children’s has a nationally renowned gait laboratory. This facility and its full-time staff are available to the residents for learning and research opportunities. During the rotation, each resident will complete a research project which should produce a publishable presentation. PGY-1 Residents will also spend one month on pediatric general surgery.
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
During the general surgery rotations, residents are able to spend time in the operating room acquiring basic surgical techniques.