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Welcome & Our Mission

Mission Statement

The goal of the Yale Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program is to train excellent internists who derive joy and purpose from the care of patients and the pursuit of life-long learning in an increasingly complex healthcare system. Our program provides a diverse community of residents and core faculty dedicated to teaching in a nurturing training environment. Residents experience a wide range of educational opportunities including the option of elective rotations at our sponsoring institution, Yale New Haven Hospital. We aspire to advance the health of our patients in the Waterbury community through our service, and we focus on a spirit of collegiality and kindness that puts the individual first.

Program Director's Welcome Message

The Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program combines rigorous academic training with a nurturing community environment. Our residents benefit from access to the resources in education and research at Yale University while working and learning in an intimate community-based setting, under the guidance of a highly trained and dedicated faculty. House staff have their core inpatient rotations on the medical floors and Intensive Care Unit at Waterbury Hospital. Ambulatory medicine education is based at the Henry S. Chase Outpatient Center. In addition, residents have the opportunity to participate in a rich variety of elective experiences, both locally in the Waterbury community and at Yale New Haven Hospital. Our goal is to train residents with the knowledge and skills they need to become outstanding physicians and leaders in Internal Medicine, and for those who wish to pursue subspecialty training, to provide a strong foundation for advancement to fellowship. This is an exciting time to learn and practice medicine. Rapid changes are occurring in health care delivery and technology. At Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program we have embraced the opportunity to create an innovative curriculum that prepares residents to meet new challenges in the health care environment and to excel in their careers.

Ruth E. Weissberger, MD FACP
Program Director, Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Chairman's Welcome Message

For over fifty years Waterbury Hospital has been committed to the education of residents-in-training in internal medicine. Education has been a part of the fabric and fiber of the hospital. At the center of this experience at Waterbury Hospital are the patients who provide us with the privilege and challenge of caring for a very special population of people with a broad spectrum of medical conditions. Our educators are made up of a vibrant and talented full-time faculty, combined with dedicated and highly trained community physicians who provide superb, direct hands-on training in pulmonary medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, infectious disease, neurology, endocrinology, dermatology, nephrology, and hematology/oncology.

Our dedicated firm system of patient care, education, quality and safety is supported by a superb nursing staff, case managers, social workers, speech pathologists, and physical therapists.

Residents in addition receive an in-depth outpatient experience and education through rotations at community based practices, as well as the Henry S. Chase Outpatient Center.

Our department is also fortunate to rely on an extremely talented and superb faculty in surgery, radiology and pathology who contribute greatly to the care of our patients in medicine and the education of our house staff. Our training program is proud to have trained physicians who have contributed greatly to medicine at many levels and have been recognized as superb practitioners and educators at the local, state, national, and international level.

Whether you are interested in practicing primary care, subspecializing in the many divisions of medicine, community medicine, hospitalist medicine, or research, the Yale-Waterbury Hospital Residency Program will provide you with superb training to accomplish your goals.

I look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to introduce you to a community-based training program in primary care that is second to none.

David N. Podell, MD, PhD, MACP, FACR
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Waterbury Hospital

ICU Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Yale New Haven Waterbury Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. The goal of medical training in the intensive care units is to educate residents in the diagnosis, evaluation and management of patients with a wide range of critical illnesses, most commonly sepsis, chronic disease-related multi-organ failure, and respiratory failure.

The resident is expected to become knowledgeable about the indications, contraindications, risks and benefits of common ICU level procedures. Residents have the opportunity to be trained in a variety of procedures such as arterial puncture, arterial line and central venous line placement, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, and naso-gastric tube placement. Residents also become proficient in arterial blood gas interpretation and ventilator management.

Inherent in the care of critically ill patients is the management of psychiatric, social and family concerns which are heightened in these intensive care settings and are addressed by residents as part of a multidisciplinary team. Daily rounds include nursing, pharmacy and dietary and allow residents to interact closely with multiple disciplines.

Clinical care is complimented with daily case discussions and a core intensive care unit curriculum.

I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our community-based training program.

JoAnne Cosgriff, MD, MPH
Medical Director, ICU
Medical Director, Performance Improvement
Waterbury Hospital
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine