A Message From Our Chief Residents

A Message From Our Chief Residents

Welcome to the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency and thank you for your interest in our program!

Our residency has a rich history of clinical excellence, early operative experience, academic productivity, and a strong collegial environment. The program continues to expand and develop innovative ways to enhance resident education. From the newly established meritocracy system to an online skills assessment and predictive analytics platform, a robust surgical simulation curriculum and a one to one mentorship with the teaching faculty, our program has many excellent qualities that set it apart and contribute to excellent surgical training.

First and foremost is the operative experience. We have a diverse subspecialty mix of cases with a strong component of “bread and butter” general surgery. The interns have early experience in the operating room and from the first month of residency are trained to do bedside procedures including central lines, dialysis catheters, chest tubes, and arterial lines. Midlevel residents focus on becoming comfortable with the operative steps of all general surgery operations, so that by the fourth year they begin doing teaching cases with junior residents. In the final year residents enhance their teaching skills and lead interns and junior residents through challenging operative cases that prepares them for independent practice.

Our four main services include vascular/thoracic surgery, trauma/acute care surgery, surgical oncology/HPB/colorectal/breast, and bariatric/MIS/general surgery. Our hospital is a tertiary care referral center for several surrounding hospitals and we receive a good mix of blunt and penetrative traumas, averaging more than 1000 activated traumas yearly. The surgical oncology service performs complex oncologic resections of liver, pancreas, sarcoma, colorectal, breast, as well as endocrine. Our hospital is a center of excellence for weight loss surgery and with our bariatric surgeons we perform sleeve gastrectomies and Roux-en-Y bypasses. The MIS surgeons on the service teach us all and any approaches for hernia repairs, minimally invasive abdominal operations, and foregut surgeries. The majority of the cases are laparoscopic although we still have significant exposure to open and robotic approaches. All the services have attendings that operate on the DaVinci robot and with our curriculum, residents progress from bedside assist to console surgeons throughout their training.

In short, we have a very comprehensive operative training program with availability of a wide variety of cases. We also have no subspecialty fellows, guaranteeing us unlimited access to any of the operations.

Second is the academic component. We have weekly didactics modeled after the SCORE curriculum that are resident run and enhanced by the presence of faculty attendings providing expert content. The simulation curriculum is integrated with didactics and aims at enhancing operative and clinical skills for residents of every level. Junior residents staff and manage our surgical ICU under the supervision of surgical intensivists that are dedicated to teaching critical care. We have a strong research department with statisticians and dedicated staff that facilitate a multitude of projects in different specialties. There are prospective and retrospective trials, quality improvement initiatives, and dozens of projects utilizing NSQIP, TQIP, NCDB databases that allow residents to graduate with several publications and national conference presentation.

Lastly, we value work-life balance and have fun in and out of the hospital. The night float system and 24-hour weekend (Fridays and Saturdays) call schedule allows us to have multiple full weekends off every month and maximizes our operative experience during the week. This allows residents to visit nearby New York City and Boston, spend time with family, and travel. Throughout the year we are also provided with wellness activities paid for with department funds which not only offered to the residents, but also our faculty and family members.  Some activities we partake in include renting pontoon boats on Candlewood Lake, attending a Christmas light show at a nearby orchard, paint nights, paintball with our faculty, picnicking at Kent Falls, faculty hosted dinners and movie outings.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you.

 

Maksim Boguslavskiy, D.O., Shawn Liechty, M.D., and Alexander Ostapenko, M.D.

2023 Chief Resident Class