As a major academic affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital provides a significant amount of Health Professions Education on an annual basis. This includes Graduate and Indirect Medical Education in the area of residency and fellowship education for physicians/medical students, the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing including a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program, allied health education, radiology residency program, pastoral care residency program and a pharmacy program. In addition, the Hospital provides a clinical setting for undergraduate training to students enrolled in various allied health fields including nursing, laboratory and radiology. In 2012, the cost to Bridgeport Hospital to provide funding for healthcare training and education programs was more than $17.6 million, benefitting 265 individuals.
Postgraduate Training for Physicians – All four Bridgeport Hospital residency and six Hospital fellowship programs maintained full accreditation in 2012. The Hospital itself was reaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to provide residency and fellowship training. Thirty-two residents and fellows graduated in 2012 from Bridgeport Hospital programs and all open positions for 2012-13 were filled.
Physician Training in Advanced Techniques – In 2012, Bridgeport Hospital became a national training site for convergent hybrid ablation (also known as convergent X-maze), an innovative procedure to treat atrial fibrillation that combines the best approaches of minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based procedures. More than two dozen physicians from across the country visited Bridgeport Hospital during the year to train in hybrid ablation.
Nursing Education – A total of 93 students graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (47 in the 15-month accelerated program and 46 in the traditional two-year program). Most graduates accepted nursing positions at the Hospital. A total of 14 nurses graduated with master’s degrees from the joint Bridgeport Hospital-Fairfield University Nurse Anesthesia Program. The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Surgical Technology Program had 11 graduates and 27 completed the School’s Sterile Processing Technician course.
Academic Partnerships – During 2012, the Hospital provided a clinical setting for undergraduate training to 130 students enrolled in programs for nursing, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, physical and occupational therapy, and dietary professionals. Bridgeport Hospital has long standing partnerships to provide this training with several area colleges and universities including Fairfield University, University of Connecticut, Gateway Community College, Norwalk Community College, Goodwin College, St. Joseph College, Sacred Heart University, Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University.