Fellowship Programs

Cardiovascular Disease

Our fellows benefit from a busy, state-of-the-art program and are exposed to a full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. We encourage our fellows to think critically and function as an integral member of the cardiovascular team. In addition to a robust clinical program, Danbury Hospital Cardiovascular Fellows have dedicated research time and have many opportunities to present at local and national meetings as well as publish original research.

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Geriatric Medicine

During your year-long Geriatric fellowship, you will have many experiences that will help you become an expert in taking care of the older adult. During your rotations, you will have the opportunity to rotate with Geriatricians, Palliative care specialists, Geriatric psychiatrists, and Neurologists.

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Gastroenterology

Norwalk Hospital’s Gastroenterology Fellowship is designed for physicians interested in a high-quality, clinically focused training program in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, delivered in a broad-based, academic setting. In fact, the combination of our expert staff, history of clinical excellence and Yale affiliation make our program a world-class educational and career opportunity, one exclusive to gastroenterology fellows at Norwalk Hospital.

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Headache Medicine

The Headache Medicine Fellowship program is committed to providing a high-quality, hands-on learning experience to the fellow. The one-year fellowship accepts one fellow per year. During the one year training period, the fellow will gain experience in the diagnosis and management of chronic and acute headache disorders in a professional, collaborative, inclusive, diverse and innovative environment. The fellow will receive individualized attention and learning due to the small size of the program, and work closely with the program director, our faculty, and attending physicians to become proficient in the knowledge and procedures related to headache medicine.

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Hospice and Palliative Medicine

An exciting new Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program starting in July 2023 will be based primarily at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.   This one-year program is thrilled to accept three fellows per year. The Program’s goal is to instill, in each fellow, excellence in the skillsets of communication, pain and symptom management, and end-of-life care.  Fellows will learn the art and science of sharing bad news, managing complex or difficult communication, establishing goals of care, and mastering conversations around resuscitation and code status.  At the end of the year, fellows will also find themselves experts in pain and symptom management, end-of-life care, and improving the quality of life of those under their care.  This is a great opportunity to shape a new program into the future.

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Infectious Disease

Fellows will demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare by practicing in multiple clinical settings throughout the program. By assisting with care coordination for long-term and acute patients on clinical services such as consults, fellows will learn to call effectively on other resources in the area to provide optimal health care. Another opportunity to incorporate systems-based practice and understanding the social determinants of health into a fellow’s practice is during the HIV clinic experience, which will take place longitudinally throughout the fellowship program. This clinic provides care for patients with HIV/AIDS in the Hudson Valley, and alongside our multidisciplinary team members the clinic provides case management services, such as assessment of needs, service planning, coordination of services, monitoring and follow up, reassessment, and crisis intervention. Our fellows will work alongside supervising faculty and other members of the healthcare team to provide compassionate care to the clinic’s patient population, which is disproportionately affected by social determinants of health.

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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

The overall goal of the Fellowship is for the graduate to serve as an independent specialist and consultant in the surgical management using minimally invasive technique for benign gynecologic conditions surpassing competence expected at the end of a categorical residency. Graduates will provide top quality patient care and education, and be leaders and innovators in gynecologic minimally invasive surgery and in the treatment of advanced gynecologic disorders such as uterine fibroid, pelvic pain, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and menopausal care. They will have a broad understanding of advanced gynecologic disorders, especially ones that often end in a surgical intervention. In addition, they will have gained extensive surgical and clinical expertise that focuses not only on laparoscopic surgery; but also on advanced abdominal and vaginal surgery. They will have gained an excellent understanding of research methodology and evidence based practice principles.

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Nephrology

The Core Curriculum Series for Nephrology is a weekly meeting (during the academic half day) occurring for 1 year that covers nephrology topics including renal pathophysiology, hypertension and fluid balance, pharmacotherapies for treating hypertension and their role in the renal system, renal infection, acute kidney injury, electrolyte abnormalities, abnormal urinalysis and interpretation, and procedures including catheters. This curriculum will repeat on an annual basis and will be presented by faculty as well as guest lecturers.

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Pulmonary Medicine

During the two-year Pulmonary Fellowship, fellows complete 16 months of clinical training. Fellows also rotate in their second year on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Consult Service and attend weekly continuity clinics in both a private office and clinical settings, except when on critical care rotations. Technical training in cardiac echo is performed at Norwalk Hospital. Norwalk Hospital also hosts an accredited Fellowship in Sleep Medicine, in which many Pulmonary fellows have trained following completion of their Pulmonary training at Norwalk and Critical Care training at Yale

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Pulmonary Medicine / Critical Care

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is committed to providing a high-quality fellow education throughout the entirety of the program. The Program provides extensive teaching rounds that occur longitudinally throughout all clinical settings for fellows.

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Sleep Medicine

Norwalk Hospital’s one-year Sleep Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the ACGME. Under the directorship of Dr. Ian Weir, we offer fellows intensive training in sleep medicine for adults and children. Our comprehensive program consists of a one-year training period dedicated to clinical training to acquire the clinical skills to practice sleep medicine.

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Sports Medicine

Each year our program fills 2 spots with applicants that must complete their training within the designated 12-month span. The program offers fellows the ability to master skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound, concussion management, acute/chronic musculoskeletal injuries, the management of the athlete, and many more wide array of skills needed by the competent Sports Medicine Physician.

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Advance Clinical Ultrasound

Fellows will learn advanced clinical ultrasound skills, as well as, hone their educational style by teaching to a multitude of different residencies and student learners. You will also learn administrative skills needed to run an Ultrasound Division including drafting protocols/guidelines, performing image Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement, and much more. In addition to these program components, our fellows are required to complete a research project and will be guided through the process by VBMC’s research division.

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Neuropsychology

Our fellowship is designed to prepare fellows for careers as independent clinical neuropsychologists and subsequent board certification (ABPP) in neuropsychology. Fellows participate in didactic and academic learning and the majority of a fellow’s time is devoted to outpatient neuropsychological assessment.

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