Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions among current and prospective residents in the Rural Psychiatry Medicine Residency program. If you are unable to find the answer to your question on this page, please contact our staff so we can point you in the right direction

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Connecticut has some of the best public school systems in the country, and there are also multiple local options for private education, including some of the oldest and most prestigious private schools.

Our residency emphasizes and encourages resident wellness both in the workplace and our personal lives. There is an annual program retreat that incorporates wellness activities, as well as other activities with residents from other programs. Our program encourages residents to pursue their hobbies and personal interests as well as maintain relationships with their family and friends.

Yes. We are a major teaching site for psychiatry for the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. You will also interact and help teach medical students as well as PA and APRN students from local colleges.

In addition to dedicated rotation responsibilities and experiences, which will include supervised clinical and therapeutic patient and family encounters, engagement with interdisciplinary treatment teams and interactions with other residents and learners, residents will have protected individualized supervision time, protected time for didactics, group supervision and scholarship.

We hope that our residents choose to stay and practice locally, but they are able to provide evidence-based, interdisciplinary psychiatric care and become competent and compassionate physician leaders in any practice setting they choose. If they choose to continue their training, they will be prepared for competitive fellowship opportunities.

During the first year, residents have the opportunity to work alongside internal medicine residents on their inpatient medicine and ICU rotations, providing a robust and collaborative inpatient medicine learning experience. In addition, year 1 residents rotate with residents in inpatient pediatrics.

In years 2 and 3, residents work alongside rural psychiatry residents in their behavioral health rotations and in their continuity clinic to model a collaborative approach to care for a rural patient population.

Weekend and day trips are easy to accomplish in New England. Bridgeport, CT and Wesport, CT are approximately 1.5 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Boston, MA. Torrington, CT is less than a three-hour drive from both destinations as well. Additionally, these areas are close to hiking and skiing in Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Connecticut’s beaches, casinos, vineyards, breweries and museums are an even shorter drive away.

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Dr. Remy A. Sirken, MD

Founding Program Director, Rural Psychiatry Residency

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Diane Slosser

Program Coordinator, Rural Psychiatry Residency

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