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Hartford Healthcare PA Surgery-Critical Care Residency Program – Residency and Sugery

Hartford Healthcare PA Surgery-Critical Care Residency Program – Residency and Sugeryhttp://www.harthosp.org/PASurgCCResidency
(860) 545-4670  – Local Phone 80 Seymour Street
PO Box 5037
Hartford, CT 06102-5037

Length of Program: 12 months
Class Size: 2-4
Application Deadline: May 1
*Accepting rolling admissions

Contact Information

William Allen
Administrative Support of PA Residency
(860) 972-5022 – Local Phone

Richard Commaille
(860) 224-5513 Ext. #3 – Local Phone

Program Description and History

Hartford Healthcare PA Surgery-Critical Care Residency Program is an intense twelve month program administered by the Department of Surgery and Critical Care. PA residents are incorporated as participants on the PA surgery/critical care team and are involved in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of the surgical patient and management of patients in the critical care units. The Residency is designed to provide both advanced didactic education and a focused clinical surgical/critical care experience so the graduates will develop skills to provide high quality peri-operative and critical patient care. The Residency is attractive to both new PA program graduates who are planning a surgery/critical care career and for practicing Physician Assistants who wish to redirect their careers towards one of the surgical specialties or critical care.



Lectures, programs and labs have been designed to provide PA Residents with a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of surgical and critical care diseases. Instruction covers General Surgery/Critical Care and selective sub-specialty topics. Emphasis is placed on the peri-operative management of surgical patients, intra-operative assisting, and the post-operative complications and emergencies and management of critical care patients. Instruction includes the development of technical skills and bedside invasive procedures. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, PA Residents will be involved in M&M Conferences, Grand Rounds, Journal Club,  and formal presentations to attendings.

The initial didactic curriculum is divided into two phases. Phase I prepares the Resident to function as a Surgical/Critical Care House Officer. Time is designated for integration into the surgical/critical care team, prior to the resident’s actual assignment to supervised after-hour call.

Phase II addresses certain specific diseases, (i.e.: pancreatitis, thyroid disease, etc.) and continues throughout the remainder of the Residency.

In the final four months of education residents will be able to choose between surgery and critical care and concentrate their educational efforts toward the given specialty.


PA Residents begin participation on the Surgical/Critical Care Team immediately upon entry to develop a sense of responsibility. Initially, they are an observer, and then are progressively given additional responsibility, culminating in their being the supervised first responder to surgical/critical care issues. Duties include comprehensive H&Ps, writing patient orders and notes, responding to and evaluating patient problems, making rounds, ordering diagnostic studies, assisting in the Operating Room, performing consults and invasive procedures with the appropriate supervision by attending surgeons or Senior Physician Assistants. After hour calls are assigned on a rotating basis and integrated into the existing staff PA schedule.

During their time of rotation on surgical sub-specialties, they maintain an affiliation with the General Surgery/Critical Care Team. On their critical care rotations they will rotate among the neuro-trauma, cardiothorasic, and surgical ICU. They will also be given the opportunity to train in roboitc surgery. Surgery clinical rotations will cocentrate in General Surgery and will have the opportunity to rotate on Orthopedics, Urology, Colorectal, Vascular, Neurosurgery, Trauma, Plastic Surgery, and Organ Transplant.

University and Institutional Affiliations

Hartford Hospital, located in Central Connecticut, is a private, not-for-profit hospital and is affiliated with the University of Connecticut Medical School. The hospital currently has 330 beds. The hospital’s mission is to provide technologically advanced patient care, professional education and service to the community.

More than 14,000 patients are admitted annually. Surgical facilities include 12 operating rooms in which more than 6,000 operative procedures are performed each year. Ambulatory services, including outpatient clinics and the Emergency Department, register more than 56,000 patient visits each year.

Hartford Hospital is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for Internship and Residency Training and by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a PA Program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
  • A Baccalaureate degree or higher
  • National Certification by the NCCPA. New graduates may receive acceptance into the program, pending successful completion of PANC Exam.
  • Official transcripts from Colleges/Universities and PA Program
  • Copies of BLS and ALS Certifications
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Connecticut State PA Licensure and Controlled Substance registration. Failure to obtain either of these licenses voids the offer of residency training.
  • Three letters of recommendation. If a new graduate, one of these letters must be from their Program Director.
  • Personal interview
  • Personal essays (2). First, what the applicant expects to gain from the residency and, second, explaining their personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Deadline

May 1st

Application Available Online


Credential Awarded

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded from the Hartford Healthcare System.

Criteria for Selection

  • Strong interest in General Surgery and Critical Care
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as noted by essays and personal interview
  • Excellent letters of reference
  • Strong academic ability
  • Exceptional ability to function within the team model

Financial Information

  • Stipend ­ Commensurate with other post graduate training programs
  • Medical and Dental insurance
  • Professional Liability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • One week paid vacation
  • CME ­ 3 days paid CME time, registration, room and board at the discretion of the Program Director
  • Personal Days ­ Surgical PA Residents will receive 2 personal days which may be taken during the academic year. Missed work must be made up.
  • Sick time ­ as per hospital policy
  • Hospital holidays or compensation for holidays worked
  • Participation in hospital 403B plan
  • Uniforms and text books
  • Free parking

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