September 2013
From the Medical Staff Office

A number of exciting things are happening at Bridgeport Hospital.

One is the good news that September is the Epic go-live month. So, after this, I think the Epic journey will be well underway. Although it might seem like a pretty long journey already, in reality, it has just started.

It is hard to believe that not too long ago a calculator was a big deal. Now, we have computers the size of phones that are literally everywhere and changing the way we live in many noticed and unnoticed ways.

Another development is that we continue to expand the hospitalist service – by popular demand. The hospitalist team is now truly a team and they provide terrific care on a daily basis. Karim Namek, MD, has done a great job building the team and I am sure he will continue to recruit talented and committed physicians and advanced practice providers to the service.

We have been a superb teaching hospital for many years, and have been very successful with our internal residencies in Medicine, Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and our fellowships in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

We have several programs that are integrated with Yale- New Haven Hospital, such as General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and we are highly rated parts of those residencies. We also offer a fellowship in Burn Care and a residency in Podiatry.

There are major changes coming nationally in medical student and resident education. The focus always seems to be on work-hours limitations, but a lot is changing in the way we educate (e.g. the use of simulation technology) and the way we evaluate (milestones).

Last but not least, you should all be aware that David Lobo, MD, is the new Program Director of our Internal Medicine residency. Please congratulate him. After conducting a national search, he was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and we are very excited to have him working with us in this new role.

Michael Ivy, MD
Chief Medical Officer