Resident Life

New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut, but for a major city, it maintains the feel of a smaller college town. Downtown New Haven is an area that includes Yale University, Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) as well as a myriad of coffee shops, renowned restaurants, bookstores, clothing boutiques, apartments, bars, clubs, and performance venues.

The greater New Haven area provides immediate access to a wide array of outdoor activities. The Connecticut shoreline is a great place for boating, swimming, and fishing. Nearby mountains can also provide options for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and skiing. There are many sports leagues with participants from both Yale University and YNHH. Our softball team, The Boneheads, is one of the most feared and revered teams at YNHH.

Some particularly enjoyable aspects of New Haven include:

Read a recent New York Times article entitled 36 Hours in New Haven

Learn more about living in New Haven:

If you’re interested in traveling for a day or a week, New York, Boston, Cape Cod, Block Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire are all easily accessible within a few hours of travel.

Book Club

Every month or so, nominations and elections are held to decide on the next book for our Book Club. All suggestions are welcome, but we make a special effort to find a topic outside of medicine.  Books are purchased with the generosity of our department and given to anyone who is interested. We meet at the Chairman’s house and enjoy some good conversation and  (particularly) great wine. 

Grand Rounds Dinners

We are very privileged to serve as host to a number of visiting professors who deliver our Grand Rounds. Some of the most prolific and influential members of the orthopaedic community have been kind enough to visit. As part of our Yale tradition, the Grand Rounds Speaker is invited out to dinner during their stay. This offers the unique opportunity for residents to converse with these visiting surgeons in a more social setting. This is a night that always proves to be an enjoyable and relaxed occasion.

Chairman’s Dinners

Once a month, the Chairman meets with the Chief Resident class for a dinner at one of New Haven’s restaurants. While this serves as an open forum to discuss any issues regarding the residency, it also serves as a wonderful opportunity to engage in good food and conversation.

Holiday Party

Traditionally, this event serves as one of the highlights of the year. During the winter holiday season, the department supports a holiday party each member (and their families) of our orthopaedic community. This always proves to be a thoroughly enjoyable night where everyone is able to have fun together outside of our regular workplace.


The close of the academic year is also the occasion for several memorable and festive events: a private dinner for the graduating chief residents, their immediate families, and the faculty at the Yale Graduate Club; a graduation dinner at the Yale Golf Club; and an open-invitation Chiefs Dinner, staged entirely by the chiefs and upcoming chiefs and funded by the faculty. At the latter event, the entrees are by no means the only things roasted.