Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Department designed its training program to enable the graduating resident to assume the role of an OB/GYN Generalist as well as prepare them for an OB/GYN subspecialty if desired. The program is a four-year ACGME accredited residency with three categorical residents per year.

The program is strong both clinically and academically. The residents are actively involved with a diverse patient population across a variety of clinical settings.

We have a very personable and collaborate faculty that ensure our residents receive an evidence based education. All subspecialties are involved in resident didactic and clinical teaching activities. Our multi-disciplinary team approach to patient care allows our residents to participate in all areas of our specialty. Our educational objectives and curriculum provide training for excellence in clinical and technical skills.  Graduates of our program are prepared to enter clinical practice, pursue a fellowship, or join a university faculty.

Curriculum

Obstetrics and Gynecology residents are given protected didactic time to attend our educational conferences. There are weekly didactics which are a combination of lectures in pertinent topics, basic science and evidence based clinical reviews. Our program provides an enriching teaching curriculum. Faculty and residents participate in the following educational activities:

  • Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Boards are held twice a month to review all cases of gynecological malignancy.This is a multidisciplinary conference with participation of Pathology, Radiology and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Chairman’s Rounds are held monthly to provide our residents with an in-depth knowledge of gathering complete and comprehensive diagnostic information in order to prepare a treatment plan for the pre-operative and post-operative patient. Residents will progressively become proficient at the preparation and prevention of complications for female patients requiring gynecologic services.
  • Case Review Conference is held weekly to review recent operative cases with residents and attending staff. It is formatted as an oral board examination.
  • High Risk Obstetrics Rounds is a multidisciplinary conference where all high risk patients are discussed with the perinatologists, genetic counselor and clinical team.
  • Grand Rounds are conducted by a variety of OBGYN specialists from various institutions.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecologic Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held monthly to provide a safe venue for residents to identify areas of improvement and to promote transparency in assessing and improving patient care. It is also a forum to teach curriculum on quality improvement and to foster an open environment to discuss medical errors.
  • Nurses’ Forum encourages physician and nursing staff to collaboratively improve patient care.
  • Journal Club and Research and Publication Update is held monthly to provide residents the encouragement, opportunity and assistance to understand the peer reviewed literature and establish a pattern of lifelong self-learning.
  • Practice Bulletins, Committee Opinions and Obstetrics and Gynecology book chapters are assigned weekly. Challenger and Truelearn are available to residents for self-study purposes.

Simulation

Danbury Hospital opened the Harold A. Spratt Center for Simulation and Clinical Learning in 2014.

Our simulation center creates virtual clinical scenarios for our residents and OBGYN team. Our residents participate in high-risk obstetrical emergency scenarios by interacting with our high fidelity obstetrical model, Lucina.

The fidelity model enhances technical skills, teamwork and communication skills.

For gynecological training, we have state-of-the-art robotic surgery simulation technology, including a DiVinci robotic simulator as well as Mimic’s dV-Trainer.

In addition, we utilize many low fidelity simulation models throughout the residents’ training, including laceration repair, vaginal hysterectomy and uterine evacuation. The simulation experiences improve patient safety, technical skills and efficiency during real-time clinical experiences.

Global Health

Danbury Hospital/WCHN established an innovative global health (GH) program. OBGYN residents and faculty have been actively involved in this program. In recent years, we have participated in medical mission trips to Ecuador, Honduras, Uganda, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe.  We have created partnerships with several global sites and have been a host to OB/GYN physicians in our department. Our department continues to value the global health opportunities to enhance education.

Schedules

Monthly Didactic Schedule

Week One  Week Two  Week Three  Week Four
Monday
(2 hrs)
Case Review
Grand Rounds
Case Review
Grand Rounds
Case Review
Nurses’ Forum
Case Review
Ob/Gyn M&M
Tuesday
(2 hrs)
Chairman Rounds

High Risk OB Conference

High Risk OB Conference High Risk OB Conference High Risk OB Conference
Thursday
(2 hrs)
Gyn Oncology Lecture

Gyn Tumor Board

Gyn Oncology Lecture

Gyn Tumor Board

Friday
(2 hrs)
Resident Didactics Resident Didactics Resident Didactics Resident Didactics

MFM/NICU Conference

2020-2021 Block Schedule

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
Obstetrics
3 months
Obstetrics
2 months
Obstetrics
2 months
Obstetrics
2 months
Night Float
2 months
Night Float
2 months
Night Float
2 months
Night Float
2 months
Gynecology
3 months
Gynecology
3 months
Gynecology
3 months
Gynecology
3.5 months
Ambulatory Outpatient
1 month
Ambulatory
Outpatient
1 month
Ambulatory
Outpatient
2 months
Ambulatory Outpatient
1 month
Ultrasound
1 month
Norwalk
2 months
Research/Elective
1 month
UroGynecology
1 month
Internal Medicine
1 month
ICU/Research
1 month
REI
1 month
GYN Oncology
3.5 months
Emergency Department
1 month
REI
1 month
MFM
1 month

Research

Educational Purpose
Our residency introduces residents to the methods of evidence-based, hypothesis-driven research. This curriculum supplements the residents’ clinical experiences by teaching approaches for conducting a clinical research study as well as interpreting the published literature. The Network Department of Innovation and Research is available to assist with protocol development, IRB, study management, data gathering, statistics and analysis.

Structure of the Program
The research curriculum is structured to help ensure that residents have a variety of resources available to support research efforts and that residents graduate from our program with at least:

  • Experience presenting research methods and findings at a professional meeting
  • Peer-reviewed publication authored by the resident.

Residents work on their respective research projects throughout the four-year tenure.Residents will also be expected to submit research projects in abstract format to state and/or national professional research conference(s).

Projects should also be submitted as a poster or an oral presentation to the Danbury Hospital’s Annual Joseph Belsky, MD, Research Day.  Initiatives such as The Belsky Research Day help our clinical staff refine their skills in clinical investigation and research and allow Danbury Hospital to provide the best, evidence based care to its patients.

Danbury Hospital OB/GYN Residency Program hosted the 1st State of CT Resident Research Day in 2012 and has continued annually amongst the CT OBGYN Residency Programs.

Faculty

Danbury Hospital

Chairman
Linus T. Chuang, MD

Program Director      
Erin Panarelli, MD

Residency Program Manager
Jennifer Franke

Maternal Fetal Medicine
William Cusick, MD (MFM Network Director)
Dimitry Zilberman, DO

Gynecologic Oncology
Linus T. Chuang, MD
David Doo, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology      
Joshua Hurwitz, MD

Urogynecology
Andrea Russo, MD
Scott R. Serels, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty
Andrea Barry, MD
Jorge Casquero-Leon, MD
Laura DeVita, MD
Keith Falter, MD
Gerard Foye, MD
Gene Freylikhman, MD
Patricia Gillotti, MD
Daniel Goldstein, MD
Marjan Hedayatzadeh, MD
Jose Henriquez, MD
Elizabeth Kelly, MD
Mishal Khan, MD
Elizabeth Kontarines, MD
Bruce Lamonica, MD
Sung Lee, MD
Candice Lovato, MD
Mary Beth Miller, MD
Yelena Paranyuk, MD
Richard Ruben, MD
Mahalingham Satchi, MD
Patricia Whitcombe, MD


Norwalk Hospital

Chairman
Linus T. Chuang, MD

Norwalk Site Director
Jennifer Marrone, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty
RyaLynn Carter, MD
John Garafalo, MD
Maryam Hedayatzadeh, MD
Theresa Mahon, MD
Adam Ofer, MD

Current Residents

Class of 2021-PGY4s
Left to right: Cassandra Law, DO, Michelle Marinone, MD, Amanda Tissot, MDOBGYN 2021 Residents

Michelle Marinone, MD
Hometown: Holden, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Westmont College
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: Global health, hiking, gardening
Reason for choosing DanburyI chose Danbury for the supportive, family-like environment and global health opportunities.

Amanda Tissot, MD
HometownStaatsburg, New York
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of Delaware
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
InterestsMy family and dog
Reason for choosing DanburyProximity to home

Cassandra Law, DO
Hometown:Glens Falls, New York
Undergraduate School: Le Moyne College
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Kayaking, hiking, running, cooking, baking
Reason for choosing Danbury: I chose Danbury because I felt that the environment would allow me to become a compassionate, confident and skillful physician


Class of 2022-PGY3s
Left to right: Ashley Matter, DO, Pratistha Koirala, MD, PhD, Joshua Brunton, DOOBGYN 2022 Residents

Ashley Matter, DO
Undergraduate School:University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interestsAnything outdoors – hiking, water skiing, boating, snow skiing, running, downhill skiing, etc. Spending time with my family and fur children. Cooking/meal prep. Wine tasting.
Reason for choosing DanburyWell, the match ultimately brought us together. I ranked the program highly because during my interview dinner and interview day I felt like I really connected with the people in the program. Since it is a small program, everyone knows each other well, and I really liked that familial atmosphere. It also does not hurt to be relatively close to home.

Pratistha Koirala, MD, PhD
Hometown: Storrs, Connecticut
Undergraduate School:University of Connecticut
Medical School:Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: In my free time I enjoy gardening, tending to the herbs and vegetables on my patio, and cultivating my indoor jungle. I love to cook and explore new foods, especially using produce from my garden. I also knit and crochet. My clinical interests include oncology, both providing clinical care and in research initiatives focusing on novel diagnostics.
Reason for choosing DanburyI wanted a residency program that promoted excellence in clinical care, including technical and surgical skills. Our residency program prepares you to work in private practice, as an academic generalist, or to apply for and excel in fellowship. Danbury Hospital has made a commitment to allowing continued professional development through activities such as involvement in State and Specialty Medical Societies. I am currently a member of the AMPAC Board of Directors, a Delegate to the American Medical Association, and have had opportunities to attend ACOG meetings.

Joshua Brunton, DO
HometownCotuit, Massachusetts
Undergraduate SchoolNorwich University
Medical School:Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interestsCycling, camping, hiking, gardening, cooking, and traveling. Clinical interests in systems improvement and development, clinical informatics, and high risk pregnancies.
Reason for choosing Danbury: I immediately felt welcomed and connected to both the residents and attendings at our program; from the first interactions at the interview day I felt as though I’d found my people. Our OBGYN program has a great tract record of preparing well-trained generalists and also setting residents up well for matching into competitive fellowships, which is somewhat unique for a community sized program. As a town that has most all the amenities you need and with quick access to NYC it is a great place to be in training!


Class of 2023-PGY2s
Left to right: Hannah DeSelms, MD, Ifeoma Ogamba, MD, Nicole Rainville, DOOBGYN 2023 Residents

Hannah DeSelms, MD
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: Reproductive Justice, Global Health, and Brunch
Undergraduate School: University of Rochester
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Reason for choosing Danbury: A small OBGYN program actively engaged with its community.

Ifeoma Ogamba, MD
Hometown: Milton, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: My hobbies include finding new music especially Afrobeat music, cooking, traveling, DIY projects. Clinical interests include global health and high-risk pregnancies.
Reason for choosing Danbury: I chose Danbury because during my interview I felt that everyone I encountered was genuine and considerate of each other. Also, I liked that residents are involved in all aspects of patient care including surgeries as early as intern year. Furthermore, Connecticut is close to home.

Nicole Rainville, DO
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
Undergraduate School: Colby College
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: Hobbies: Horseback riding, yoga, fishing. Clinical interests: Urogynecology, pelvic pain, sexual health, family planning
Reason for choosing Danbury: I loved everything about my interview day at Danbury and felt so welcomed immediately. The small program size really was important to me as I wanted to have as much surgical experience as possible. Most importantly, my co-residents are so amazing, fun and we always look after each other.


Class of 2024-PGY1sOBGYN 2024 Residents
Left to right: Amanda Ferraro, MD, Cynthia McKinney, MD, Anya Laibangyang, MD

Amanda Ferraro, MD
Hometown: Garden City, New York
Undergraduate School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: In my free time, I like to draw, do bar trivia, and cook. Clinically, I most enjoy high risk pregnancy and infertility.
Reason for choosing Danbury: I loved how the residents were all like family, and how supportive the program was. It also kept me close to family and friends in New York.

Cynthia McKinney, MD
Hometown: Moorestown, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: Bucknell University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: Cooking, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, scuba diving, golfing, pretty much anything active. Clinical interest in urogynecology.
Reason for choosing Danbury: This program has such a warm and welcoming environment. They really focus on each individual and are dedicated to their success.

Anya Laibangyang, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate School:Cornell University
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Hobbies/interests and clinical interests: Cooking/baking, clinical interests include improving surgical outcomes and managing patient expectations of surgical procedures and follow-up
Reason for choosing Danbury: At the interview, everyone seemed to not only get along with one another but also pushed each another to be better, both personally and professionally. Since arriving, the camaraderie and teamwork among the residents, faculty and staff have been incredible! The attendings are engaging and take an active role in teaching and mentorship.


Fellowship Placements of Former Residents of Danbury Hospital

2020: Stanford Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program

2019: University of Massachusetts, Pelvic and Female Reproductive Medicine

2018: National Institutes of Health Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship

2018: Stanford University, Camran Nezhat Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic  Surgery

2017: University of Hawaii Maternal-Fetal Medicine

2017: Northwestern University Gynecology Oncology

2016: Drexel University College of Medicine, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

2016: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

2016: Yale School of Medicine, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Wellness Initiatives

  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Crossfit
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Hikes
  • Holiday Cookie Swap
  • Chili Pot Luck Party
  • Meditation
  • Resident Wellness Garden

How to Apply

Danbury Hospital participates in the National Resident Match Program for its three categorical PGY1 OB/GYN residency positions. Interested applicants must submit an application and all supporting documents online through ERAS. All complete applications are reviewed on an individual basis. To be “complete”, each application should contain the following documents:

  • Dean’s Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Scores Part I and II and/or NBOME (COMLEX) Level I and II Scores
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (if applicable)

Applications are accepted until November 1st.

Interviews

Our Program receives approximately 500 applications for the 3 categorical PGY1 slots. We typically interview 60 applicants and interviews are by invitation only.

Please contact us if you have questions about the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Danbury Hospital, or would like more information.

Contact Us
Please contact us with any questions that you may have about the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.

Jennifer Franke
Residency Program Manager

Danbury Hospital
OB/GYN Residency Program
24 Hospital Ave, Danbury, CT 06810

Email: jennifer.franke@nuvancehealth.org

Presentations

7th Annual State of Connecticut, OBGYN Resident Research Day, September 26, 2019

Abstract Titles

McCarren M, Panarelli E.   LARCompetence: Increasing Education & Awareness of the Postpartum IUD Insertion Protocol at Danbury Hospital

Moon AS, Brentlinger L, Morrell L, Tietjen P, Samuelson R, Chuang LT.  Surgical Site Infection Rates After Abdominal Hysterectomy Pre- and Post-Intervention: A Quality Improvement Study.

Matter A, Hurwitz J.  Heterotopic Pregnancy in Tubal Remnant After Bilateral Salpingectomy and In Vitro Fertilization: A Case Report and Literature Review.

McCarren M, Wong J.  Obstetric Management of Pregnancy Associated Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (P-SCAD):  A Case Report.

Koirala P, Moon A, DeSelms H, Mir R, Chuang LT.  A Case of Malignant Struma Ovarii.

Rainville, N., Meserve, E., & Foust-Wright, C. Incidental Finding of a Rare Uterine Tumor Resembling Ovarian Sex Cord Tumor After Uterovaginal Prolapse Repair: A Case Report.

Brunton J, Sieber S, Fairburn M, Andikyan V.  A Normal Appearing Ovary with a High Grade Malignancy. 

Publications

Moon AS, Brentlinger L, Morrell L, Tietjen P, Samuelson R, Chuang LT.  Surgical Site Infection Rates After Abdominal Hysterectomy Pre- and Post-Intervention: A Quality Improvement Study. Connecticut Medicine, 84(4), 167.

Moon AS, Garofalo J, Koirala P, Vu M, Chuang L. Robotic Surgery in Gynecology. Surgical Clinics North America, 2020 April. Volume 100, Issue 2: 445-460. PMID: 32169189

Moon AS, Bourdeth A, Jerez R, Alger J, Chuang L. Evaluation of Ovarian Neoplasms in Honduras: Characteristics and Diagnostic Concordance Between Ultrasound, Tumor Markers and Histopathology. Gynecologic Oncology Reports, 2019 Nov; 30: 100501. PMID: 31692578

Moon AS, DeAngelis AM, Fairbairn M, Kulikowski K, Goldenberg D, Chuang L, Andikyan V. Removal of 132-Pound Ovarian Mucinous Cystadenoma. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports. Accepted 2020 Jan 14. In press

Smith ES, Moon AS, O’Hanlon R, Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum N, Mueller J. Radical trachelectomy for the treatment of early stage cervical cancer: a systematic review. Obstetrics and Gynecology. Submitted

Moon AS, Wakefield D, Petrini J, Andikyan V, Panarelli E. Opioid Consumption After Transversus Abdominis Plane Block in Abdominal Hysterectomy Cases.  Manuscript submitted, undergoing revisions

Rainville, N., Meserve, E., & Foust-Wright, C. (2020). (Abstract) Incidental Finding of a Rare Uterine Tumor Resembling Ovarian Sex Cord Tumor After Uterovaginal Prolapse Repair: A Case Report. Connecticut Medicine, 84(4), 167–168.

Chuang L, Koirala P, Nezhat F. Is it time to call for improvement in surgical techniques for minimally invasive radical hysterectomy? JSLS. 2020 Jan-Mar;24(1). pii: e2019.00057. doi: 10.4293/JSLS.2019.00057.

Aramin H, Koirala P, Shah A, Adams K, Buza N, Desai S, Fairbairn M, Goldenberg D, Gao W, Chuang L, Vidhun R, Andikyan V. Metachronous vulvar ectopic breast cancer, a case report and literature review. Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2019 Nov 16;30:100515. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2019.100515. eCollection 2019 Nov.

Chuang LT.  Ten years of collaboration in Honduras.  Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2019 Jul;29(6):1082. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2019-000487. Epub 2019 May 9.

Koirala P, Moon A, DeSelms H, Mir R, Chuang LT.  A Case of Malignant Struma Ovarii.  Connecticut Medicine, 84(4), 164-165.

McCarren M, Panarelli E.  LARCompetence: Increasing Education & Awareness of the Postpartum IUD Insertion Protocol at Danbury Hospital.  Connecticut Medicine, 84(4), 165.