Program Overview


Thanks for your interest in our General Surgery Residency Program at Waterbury Hospital.  In December of 2018 the Quinnipiac University Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine was approved by the ACGME to become a Sponsoring Institution for residency programs. In the spring of 2019, our General Surgery residency as well as the Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology residencies at St. Vincent’s Medical Center became part of the Quinnipiac family. We now have access to all of the facilities of a major university and an established medical school.

Established in 1947, the General Surgery Residency Program at Waterbury Hospital is a small community-based program where residents and faculty interact daily on a professional and personal level. Our program is designed around resident education and the six ACGME competencies which form the framework for training and evaluation of our residents. The program has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care, teaching and service to the community. Residents are in the operating room from their first day on board. One of the main advantages of a small community program is our ability to provide individualized feedback and instruction to our residents. The faculty are committed to the program, patient care and resident education. Their daily interaction with the residents makes for a comfortable atmosphere which allows for an educational experience of personal, one-on-one instruction. This is truly the strength of our community based program.

Our weekly teaching conferences are held every Thursday with a focused curriculum that includes M&M conferences, Grand Rounds on a variety of surgical topics, How I Do It sessions, hands-on simulation sessions, diversity training, geriatrics/end of life, ethics, quality and safety education and Surgical Jeopardy.  We adhere to a strict policy that our weekly teaching conferences are protected resident education time. Since the career goals of individual residents may differ, it is our goal to provide a general surgery experience that prepares residents for a productive and satisfying career in surgery. The success of each resident is very personal to us. We are very proud of the career paths and accomplishments of our graduates and the Waterbury Hospital “family” we have fostered.


2021/2022 Interview Dates

  • November 18, 2021 (Virtual)
  • December 2, 2021 (In-person)

Program Criteria (US and Foreign Graduates)

  • USMLE 1 & 2 Scores 220 or above (must have passed on first attempt for both as well as the CSA)
  • COMLEX score for Step I & II (if available) – Passing on first attempt
  • J1 Visas Only
  • 6 months to 1 year US clinical experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate of Medical School within the past 5 years
  • Verification of successful completion of any prior training
  • Deadline for Completed Applications: December 1, 2021

For more information, contact Deborah Cipriano at 203-573-7256 or 

Application Process

November Interviews - Virtual conducted via Zoom
December Interviews – In Person (unless COVID surge)

For first year residency positions, applications will be accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).  Please visit the ERAS website. All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). You must be registered on the NRMP Website. For more information on ERAS 2021, please visit their website or your Dean’s office.

Your application information will be evaluated by our Applicant Selection Committee and interviews are granted by invitation only. You will be notified by e-mail if you have been selected for an interview. An interview is required to complete the application process. There will be two interview days, one in November and one in December. For applicants that are invited to interview but can’t make either interview date, please contact the program coordinator, Deb Cipriano at

Your interview day will begin at 8:00 a.m. with an overview of the program presented by Dr. Kurtzman. Following this, virtual interviews will be conducted.

In late January, after all interviews are complete, the Applicant Selection Committee will meet to review all interviewed applicant files. Composite scores, faculty and resident evaluations and notes will be reviewed along with the application itself. Following these meetings, our match list is set up and ready for submission to NRMP.

Waterbury Hospital does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, natural origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.


Salary & Benefits

2021-2022 Resident Salaries

PGY-1 71,286
PGY-2 74,850
PGY-3 78,592
PGY-4 82,522
PGY-5 86,648