Danbury Hospital, Connecticut
Overall: Danbury Hospital is part of the Nuvance Health Care System along with Norwalk Hospital and New Milford Hospital. Large teaching hospital with 597 physicians and 218 Allied Health professionals. Danbury Hospital is a Yale University affiliated hospital that has medical students from AUC, Ross, Yale, and University of Vermont. We also have an affiliation Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
For cores, DH is a full core site in which students are required to complete all 5 major core rotations along with a family medicine elective
Housing: As part of the full core program, students are required to live in DH provided housing. There are 2 possible set ups: dorms or houses. The dorms are all 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom except for one single. There are 2 washers and dryers in the building and are on hospital grounds which is really convenient. The houses are across the street from the hospital and are 3-4 bedrooms. All housing options are furnished with some kitchen supplied provided. Both locations are very conveniently located and come with parking. It is nice because it takes the stress of looking for an apartment/Airbnb away, however they are dorms and not the fanciest/most updated.
Food: as part of the cost of housing, students are allotted $400 credit per month for food at the hospital. The cafeteria is open 7AM-2:30PM M-F and is amazing! There is a soup station, make your own sandwich station, salad bar, pizza station, grill station with burgers and stuff like that, hot entrée station, sushi bar (yes you read that right), and a daily special’s station. There is a starbucks on the first floor of the Strook building that’s open M-F 7AM- 4PM. Then there is the bistro which is open 24/7 that has grab and go, coffee bar, and full kitchen with menu. They will do daily specials and have BOMB milkshakes for when you’ve had an exceptionally long day.
Medical Student Perks: Medical students have a dedicated student lounge where students can study, hang out, or sleep when on call. There is a little kitchen area and fridge for snacks and drinks. Each student is also given a locker for personal items. There is also a library with computer room, printers, and study spaces/cubes. You have access to the library 24/7 which is really nice.
Parking: There are 3 big lots on hospital grounds: Rizzo (near the ED), Red Garage, and Gold Garage. All parking is free.
Cars: For the Danbury site, a car is definitely needed. Some students get by with car rentals or ubers/lyft. In every rotation, there is an outpatient component, so students need to be able to come to and from.
Best of Luck in your rotation!
Rachel Leib, MS3