Clinical Experience

Yale Department of Surgery prides itself on providing residents with unparalleled breadth and depth of hands-on surgical experience. Residents rotate amongst four training hospitals in the general surgery program. Each of these hospitals provides a unique educational experience. After spending time at our community and VA hospitals, our residents become proficient in a wide variety of general surgical procedures needed to practice independently after graduation. At the same time, the experience in our tertiary referral hospitals provides a depth of experience needed to perform complex operations.

Training Hospitals

York street and Chapel Street Campuses

Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a 1,541-bed private, nonprofit teaching hospital that includes the York Street Campus and the Chapel Street Campus. YNHH is regularly included among the Best Hospitals in the U.S. in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of specialty services. Yale New Haven is the largest acute care provider in southern Connecticut and one of the Northeast's major referral centers. 

YNHH is home to a Level I trauma center that includes both pediatric and adult trauma services, the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and the Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH contains surgical intensive care units for general surgery and trauma, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, as well as a pediatric intensive care unit.

Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital (BH), is a 425 bed affiliate of Yale–New Haven Health, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, about 20 miles southwest of New Haven. BH is home to the Connecticut Burn Center, one of the only 62 verified Burn Centers in the United States, serving as the burn referral center for the entire state of Connecticut and western Massachusetts. BH brings to Yale Surgery both a large volume of general surgical, trauma and critical care cases, and a broad spectrum of surgical specialty cases.

West Haven Campus of the Veterans Administration

The West Haven Campus of the Veterans Administration Connecticut Health Care System (V.A. Hospital) is a 179–bed tertiary care facility with an additional 30-bed nursing home care unit. Approximately 2,800 surgical procedures are performed annually, including 100–140 cardiac pump cases and a wide variety of specialized minimally invasive operations. The V.A. Hospital has consistently ranked among the top five V.A. hospitals for research funding, and currently contains funded surgical investigators with active laboratories on the V.A. premises.