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Trauma Resident Program at Hartford Hospital

Thank you for your interest in the Hartford Hospital Trauma Residency Program.  Our Trauma Residency Program is a one- or two-year program for the mid-level surgical resident who has expressed an interest in learning more about trauma care and would like an immersion experience in a busy Level I Trauma Center in Hartford, CT.  The resident will be expected to be an active member of the Trauma Service and participate on daily rounds, trauma resuscitations, operative and non-operative interventions and post-injury care on the floors and in the ICUs.  It does not lead to a certification in trauma but is more additional surgical training with a special emphasis on trauma care.

Our expectation is that the interested resident will read extensively, present patients on rounds and be involved in clinical care commensurate with their level of clinical training.  There is plenty of opportunity to participate in current surgical research programs or pursue a particular area of interest.  There is a chance for the resident to participate in educational programs in ATLS, ATOM and ASSET Courses.  Our mission is to develop highly trained, compassionate residents capable of providing care for injured and sick patients and serving as effective educators and role models.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Gates, MD, MBA, FACS
Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Acute Care Surgery & Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Programs
Vascular Surgery / Trauma Surgery
Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD, Chair in Surgery
Department of Surgery
Hartford Hospital
Professor of Surgery
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Trauma Service at Hartford Hospital

If you are unfamiliar with Hartford Hospital, we are the first Level 1 Trauma Center in the region, and operate the state’s first air ambulance system, LIFE STAR. Serving around the clock in the department are specialists who are board-certified in General Surgery with additional training and qualifications in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and provide acute surgical care. In addition, care teams have access to sub-specialists at all hours of the day and night.

The mission of the Trauma Service is to provide the best available and state-of-the-art care for injured patients and their families; to serve as a community resource for issues relating to injury prevention and care; to provide education to professionals and the public; and to conduct research.

This mission is achieved through a system that is broad in scope and has extensive resources. This includes, but is not limited to, a statewide pre-hospital care system providing air and ground advanced life support services, emergency department resuscitation, specialized imaging and interventional radiology, dedicated operating room, surgical and neurosurgical critical care areas, a committed trauma unit, and a rehabilitation program.

The Hartford Hospital Trauma Service is the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified state designated Level I Trauma Center providing care to the injured adult patient in Northern Connecticut. In addition, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and the Integrated Trauma Service provide expert care to children. Designation as a Level I Trauma Center is given to those institutions that demonstrate excellence in clinical care of the trauma patient, as well as demonstrate a major commitment to research and education. The Department of Public Health of the State of Connecticut has chosen to use ACS verification in their designation of trauma centers.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a serious injury or shock to the body. It is caused by a physical force such as violence or an accident. The injury may be complicated by psychiatric, behavioral, and social factors.

It is critical to have an entire team immediately available to provide care to injured patients 24-hours a day. This teamwork starts at the scene of the injury where a coordinated, statewide pre-hospital medical system rapidly transports the injured patient from the scene to the hospital providing the appropriate level of care according to criteria established in the statewide trauma regulations. Once at the hospital, a complete team of surgeons, emergency physicians and nurses continue the life-saving treatment. 

This team approach to care of the injured patient has had a dramatic impact on saving lives. 

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About the Trauma Residency Program

The Trauma Residency Program is a Hartford Hospital Resident Program.  The hospital serves as the major teaching facility for our Hospital Residencies and Fellowships as well as for the University of Connecticut Health Science Center (UCONN) Residencies and Fellowships.  The Trauma Residency Program shall provide the resident with an advanced, in-depth knowledge to care for the critically injured patient.  This will be obtained by management of and demonstration of appropriate operative and non-operative therapies of injured patients, understanding strategies to prevent secondary trauma, and to become familiarized with trauma systems.  The Trauma Resident will learn skills to critically analyze and conduct research specific to the field of Trauma.  The Trauma Resident will acquire administrative, leadership and mentorship skills essential for assuming a contributing role in the field of Trauma.

Trauma Residency Program Faculty

Jonathan Gates, MD, MBA, FACS
Chief of Surgery, Program Director, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowships, Trauma Residency

Thomas Abbruzzese, MD
Director of Trauma, Associate Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, Trauma Residency

Randolph Edwards, MD
Director of Critical Care/General Surgery Education

Kristine Kelliher, MD
Director of EGS/Critical Care/General Surgery, Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care

Jessica Lee, MD
Site Director 4th Year Medical Student Clerkship Critical Care/ Trauma/ Emergency General Surgery

John Mah, MD
Director, Surgical Critical Care, Medical Director Surgery ICU

Nishant Merchant, MD
Site Director 3rd Year Medical Student Clerkship, Critical Care/ Trauma/ Emergency General Surgery

Judith Pepe, MD
Senior Associate Director, SCC, Medical Director, Neuro ICU

Joseph Portereiko, DO, FACS
Trauma/Critical Care Surgery

Trauma Residency Rotations

The Hartford Hospital Trauma Residency program is a one or two year core training program.  All 12 or 24 months are spent on the Trauma service at Hartford Hospital.  The educational curriculum is structured according to all the ACGME core competencies.  Training in technical and cognitive simulation and fundamentals of research are cornerstones of the Trauma Residency Program.  The Trauma Resident will be expected to participate in the weekly educational conferences and will be required to present cases to the faculty and staff at the weekly Trauma Morbidity and Mortality conference & present at the ACS Journal clubs during the ACS/SCC Educational Series.  The Trauma Resident will also be expected to certify or renew their certification in ATLS, ATOM & ASSET courses.

Trauma Residency Educational Schedule

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

8:30-11:30AM
Trauma Clinic - Brownstone

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-3:30PM
ACS /SCC – Educational Series   

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

6:45-7:45AM
DOS M&M

8:30-11:30AM
GENERAL SURGERY DIDACTICS

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-4:00PM
Gen Surgery Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

8:30-11:30AM
Trauma Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-3:30PM
ACS /SCC – Educational Series

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

6:45-7:45AM
DOS M&M

8:30-11:30AM
GENERAL SURGERY DIDACTICS

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-4:00PM
Gen Surgery Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

8:30-11:30AM
Trauma Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-3:30PM
ACS /SCC – Educational Series

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

6:45-7:45AM
DOS M&M

8:30-11:30AM
GENERAL SURGERY DIDACTICS

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-4:00PM
Gen Surgery Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

8:30-11:30AM
Trauma Clinic

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

1:00-3:30PM
ACS /SCC – Educational Series

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

5:45-6:45AM
Pre-rounds

7:00-8:00AM
Sign-out

6:45-7:45AM
DOS M&M

8:30-11:30AM
GENERAL SURGERY DIDACTICS

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Application Process

Please submit all application requests or inquiries about the Trauma Residency Program to Melissa Costa, Program Coordinator at Melissa.Costa@hhchealth.org. Applicant requirements for the program are listed below:

Trauma Residency Program Applicant requirements

  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Official Medical School Transcript
  • Dean’s Letter  or (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  • Two current letters of recommendation
  • Digital photo (PDF)
  • Verification of Prior Residency/Fellowship Training Form (signed by previous Program Director), if applicable
  • Step III results are required for PGY 3 or above.  If a resident enters a Hartford Hospital residency program as a PGY2 and has not taken and passed USMLE 3/or COMLEX 3, the resident must take the USMLE 3/COMLEX 3 within the first six (6) months of the PGY2 year.
  • Copy of ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate and copy of valid Visa, if applicable. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. (have permanent resident status) or obtain a J1 visa, which is the only visa which Hartford Hospital will sponsor.

Interviews

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by Melissa Costa, the Trauma Residency Program Coordinator via telephone or e-mail.

Program Start Date

The program begins August 1st.

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Contact Information

Jonathan Gates, MD, FACS

Trauma Residency Program Director
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
Tel: 860.972.4189
Email: Jonathan.Gates@hhchealth.org

Melissa Costa

Trauma Residency Program Coordinator
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
Tel: 860.972.2840
Email: Melissa.Costa@hhchealth.org

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