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Norwalk Hospital/Yale Physician Assistant (PA) Surgical Residency

PA Surgical Residency Program Office
Norwalk Hospital
34 Maple Street
Norwalk, CT 06856
(203) 852-2188
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Length of Program: 12 months
Class Size: 12
Application Deadline: March 15
Starting Date: Mid-September

Contact Information

Richard Cassa, PA-C, MPAS, MBA
(203) 852-2189 Phone
(203) 899-5069 Fax

Program Description And History

The Norwalk/Yale PA Surgical Residency is an intensive 12 month program designed exclusively for graduate Physician Assistants. It was developed jointly by the Departments of Surgery at Norwalk Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine in 1975. The program combines the strengths of both institutions to provide a diverse didactic and clinical curriculum that prepares the graduate PA to competently and confidently pursue a career as a surgical physician assistant. Its enduring focus remains in-depth education reinforced by hands-on experience. The clinical aspect is enhanced by the fact that PAs constitute the entire surgical house staff at Norwalk Hospital. Emphasis is placed on the total care of the surgical patient.


The twelve-month residency combines an ongoing didactic curriculum with clinical rotations. While at Norwalk Hospital, the comprehensive morning lecture series is reinforced by the practical realities of daily clinical responsibilities and challenges. Residents also participate in medical ethics forums; teaching rounds; Surgical Grand Rounds, M&M Conferences, and Trauma Rounds; and informal journal clubs. Nine rotations are spent on clinical services in General Surgery, Orthopedics, GU Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Thoracic and Vascular, and Surgical Intensive Care.

The two lab weeks at Yale School of Medicine consist of a clinically oriented anatomy course with cadaver dissection, animal surgery lab, and lectures in anesthesiology.  Elective rotations may be chosen at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

University/Institution Affiliations

Norwalk Hospital is a non-profit community teaching hospital and acute care facility serving a diverse population of nearly 250,000 residents in thirteen communities. It is located in Fairfield County Connecticut, overlooking the waters of Long Island Sound. Yale School of Medicine is a major university medical center in New Haven, CT. The facilities at the School of Medicine are available to our residents throughout the year. The program combines the academic and clinical strengths of both institutions.

The Norwalk/Yale Residency has a long-standing reputation of quality and excellence in its teaching program. Residents may earn NCCPA category I and II CME credit throughout the year. We are a founding member of the National Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs.

Admission Requirements

PAs meeting the following requirements are selected on a competitive basis:

  • Graduate of ARC-PA accredited PA Program
  • NCCPA certified or eligible
  • Bachelors degree minimum
  • Completion of written application:
    • Application form
    • Transcripts (PA school and all college credits)
    • Three current, professional letters of recommendation, including one from PA program director or clinical coordinator
    • Resume
    • NCCPA scores (if applicable)
    • Brief, type-written narrative – why you want to complete a PA surgical residency
  • Application processing fee
  • Personal interview

Application Deadline

  • March 15

Start Date

  • Mid-September

Criteria For Selection

  • Strong interest in surgery
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as noted in letters and personal interview
  • Strong academic ability assessed from PA school and college records
  • Motivation, enthusiasm, and leadership abilities
  • Ability to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical application
  • Strong desire to continue education

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the residency, the PA Surgical Resident receives a joint Norwalk Hospital/Yale School of Medicine certificate signed by the medical program director, department chairmen, hospital president and the dean of Yale School of Medicine.

Due to the nature and structure of education in the Norwalk/Yale Residency, the program is unable to grant advance standing for prior surgical experience or training.  Each PA Surgical Resident must complete the full twelve-month program, passing all clinical and didactic requirements to graduate.


It is the intent of the Norwalk/Yale administration to provide a stipend and benefits to the PA Surgical Residents during their residency year that will enable them to enter the residency without significant worries of expenses. The current stipend and benefits are:

  • Stipend: $54,00.00 per year
  • Subsidized housing in hospital owned property adjacent to the hospital
  • Full hospital-paid benefit plan for PA and family, including medical, dental, life, disability and malpractice insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation (15 days); seven paid holidays, 5 business days
  • Participation in the hospital credit union
  • Student loans forbearance
  • Lab coats and reference book

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