General Surgery Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program is located at Saint Mary’s Hospital, a community teaching hospital and affiliate of Yale University, in the city of Waterbury in Connecticut.  Saint Mary’s is a 250-bed hospital that services a mixed population of approximately 110,000. 

Conferences and Lectures

Conferences and Lectures

Training at Saint Mary's Hospital has a dedicated academic day every Wednesday from 7AM to 1PM.

The General Surgery Residency Program is an independent training program, graduating two Chief residents per year.  Dr. J. Alexander Palesty, MD, FACS is the Program Director while Dr. Philip Corvo, MD, FACS is the Chairman of the Stanley J. Dudrick Department of Surgery.

The training program in surgery is a 6-year program. Five years of the program are spent in clinical training, during which residents are able to learn the fundamentals of basic science as applied to clinical surgery. The sixth year is dedicated to bench research.  Residents are exposed to pre-operative, operative as well as post-operative and non-operative care of patients in all of the components of general surgery.  Each resident will grow professionally by assuming gradually increasing responsibility for patient care, commensurate with their ability, experience and developing confidence. 

The program actively encourages all residents to participate in clinical research during their tenure.  The year spent in research is not counted as part of the clinical experience.  Scholarly activities like basic and clinical research, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, regional and national conferences strengthens the resident’s application for fellowship programs following completion of general surgical residency training.

Structure of the Program

PGY Level

    Rotation

Month

            Hospital
5
General Surgery
12
Saint Mary's Hospital
4
General Surgery
8
Saint Mary's Hospital
Surgical Oncology
3
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Trauma
1
Maryland Shock Trauma
3
General Surgery
12
Saint Mary's Hospital
2
General Surgery
3
Saint Mary's Hospital
Intensive Care Unit
5
Saint Mary's Hospital
Trauma
1
Maryland Shock Trauma
Pediatric Surgery
1
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Transplantation
1
Hartford Hospital
Burns
1
Bridgeport Hospital
1
General Surgery
7
Saint Mary's Hospital
Night Float
3
Saint Mary's Hospital
Breast/Anesthesia
1
Saint Mary's Hospital

What Residents Should Know About Saint Mary's Hospital

Established in 1906, Saint Mary’s Hospital is a Catholic, non-profit, 250-bed, acute care teaching hospital which is closely affiliated clinically and academically with Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.  At Saint Mary’s, we’re committed to providing a full range of integrated health care services to all 110,000 residents of Waterbury and the Central Naugatuck Valley.  The Mission Statement clearly defines our commitment to the community.

Residents:  Learn About Waterbury and the Surrounding Area

Situated in the Central Naugatuck Valley, along the Naugatuck River in Connecticut, Waterbury and the surrounding area offer great diversity in recreation, culture, housing and education.  The nearby communities of Litchfield and New Haven are replete with historical and cultural sites, as well as fine shops and restaurants.  There are multiple seaside villages along the coast of the nearby Long Island Sound which also support sailing and other watersports.  The Connecticut State Park system allows hiking, canoeing, camping and a variety of other activities in a beautiful, undisturbed environment.  Nearby New England resorts are popular for skiing and other winter sports.  Waterbury is a short drive from Hartford, Cape Cod and Newport.  Its proximity to New York and Boston allows easy access to urban excitement, culture and countless other opportunities. 

To learn more about Waterbury and surrounding areas, visit About Greater Waterbury

About Waterbury

Waterbury offers great diversity in recreation, culture and education. Waterbury is in the northern corner of New Haven County and is 30-minutes from New Haven, Hartford and Danbury. Get directions to Saint Mary's Hospital.