The Pathology department at Bridgeport Hospital is staffed by the Department of Pathology at the Yale School of Medicine. Bridgeport Hospital is a 425-bed community hospital located about twenty miles west of New Haven. Although the Pathology department provides both anatomic and clinical pathology services at Bridgeport Hospital, the residents currently rotate only through the anatomic pathology services. This includes over 12,000 surgical specimens and 3,000 cytology specimens.
This community hospital setting broadens the exposure of residents in training beyond the academic medical center practice model by providing them with an opportunity to integrate into the workflow of a larger community hospital pathology department. The case mix complements that seen at Yale. Residents benefit from direct exposure to a setting more akin to a private practice model and can use this experience to help formulate their long term career plans.