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    Griffin Hospital CT (Internal Medicine) -Post Rotation Review

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    Heres my review of Griffin Hospital for those who are pondering coming to CT.

    Well i finished IM today at Griffin. It was surely a learning experience. The hospital is a "PlaneTree" hospital, which means they are very patient centered. The hospital has carpeted floors just about everwhere, even the med floors. The atmosphere is nice with paintings, aquariums and such which makes it a nice home environment. They have volunteers that come and bake cookies and pass them out to employees and such about 2x a week. It has 2 med floors with about 100 beds. There isn't a super strict dress code, but most students wear shirt/tie or blouse or pants. Some wear scrubs occasionally, but I don't think they got in trouble as the interns wear similar sometimes. We get about 5 lockers to share with the other students. There are usually 2 auc, 2 NY DO students, 2 Ross, St. Eustasis students. There are also new subinterns that stay about 1 month each. They are mostly FMG's looking for LOR's or places they might want to be a resident. You get new sub-I's every month. You will rotate the following way: 1 month Gen med, 1 month telemetry (cardiac care), 1 month gen med.
    You will be assigned to an intern for about 1 month, then the residents and interns switch too. So you will have ~3 interns your stay. You are required to do 20 complete histories and physicals while there on inpatients.


    Teaching - The interns are nice, but teaching is dependant on the intern, not the hospital. We have 1-2 lectures a day, about an hour each and it varies every day. The attendings are very nice and always willing to teach and be helpful. VERY few are arrogant and not willing to help. The residents are nice too, but just like interns, they vary with the person. There was no test at the end, but they said they could give it, but never did. We also have a weekly lecture from a retired cardiologist who helps with physical exam training.


    Living in CT - I lived in waterbury, which is about 30 min from Derby where Griffin is located. No traffic in the morning when going there. There are apartments in Derby, but Waterbury seemed to have better prices for apartments. We stayed at a place called "Summit Ridge" on schraffts dr in waterbury and got a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment for 800/month including water. NICE apartments. There is a barnes and noble, staples, and any other resturant or store you could want close by in waterbury. Derby (where Griffin is) has some, but is much smaller than waterbury. Gas is avg price, food is avg. We feel very safe, as I have ran many times and never felt like I could be mugged.

    There is also St. Mary's hospital in waterbury which we can do Surgery at, but its tough I hear. Im starting that next. That review will come in 3 months.

    AVERAGE DAY:
    7:00am - Arrive and see your patients and write your progress notes for them. Report to your intern your findings and note, and they sign it and it goes in the chart.

    7:45am - Interns meet with their resident and discuss their patients and plans for their care. Patients recieved overnight are given to interns by night float.

    8:00am - Round with resident sometimes and see interesting patients and learn some stuff.

    8:30am - Meet with Teaching Attending with team. Round on patients that are of significant teaching value and get pimped and taught about their care. They are supper nice and love teaching. Next we meet in classroom to give our presentations on topics assigned the previous day. They are generally nice about them and you are not expected to give a phd level case, but a simple 10-15min case. The next day assignments are given out and we adjourn.

    9:30am - FREE.. sort of. We are free to help interns out with following attendings notes or looking up labs values on their patients. Most days we get some breakfast first, then go and help the interns out until 10:30 when we have lecture.

    12:00pm - Noon Conference, where the lecture varies and we are to get lunch and listen to lecture. We have to pay

    after noon conference we help interns until dismissed around 4-5pm, but can't stay past 5pm. We are oncall every 4 days from 5-8:30pm and are expected to stay with interns and help. If its a weekend, we come in from 8am-12pm, so not too bad.
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    great info......its good to have options outside of NY, kern and providence. you can only do surg and med there along with FP elective right?
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    gl

    Starting St. Mary's next? Eat your Wheaties and pray there are at least 5 students on each team.

    Seriously tho, AUC should try and expand cores in CT. CT isnít nearly has drab as most other cities where cores are located.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBL2008 View Post
    Seriously tho, AUC should try and expand cores in CT. CT isnít nearly has drab as most other cities where cores are located.
    Being a Connecticut resident myself, I really hope they can open up more cores in the area. Unfortunately I don't think its likely. Having 2 med schools in a state this small doesn't really leave a lot of openings. Yale has everything in the New Haven area, and UCONN has Hartford and everything east of the CT river. That pretty much leaves a handful of hospitals scattered about.


    Very nice report Mac. Being someone who may very well look into this site later on, it was very informative.

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    Saba has a core site in Bridgeport (I know... lovely town), but I'm not sure if those rotations are greenbooked. A little birdie once told me the school at one time had all cores in CT except Peds....possibly in Danbury (could be wrong about the town). And when I say "at one time" I mean a very long time ago. Also, Griffin once had a Surgery rotation available to Saba students, but Yale closed the residency program... so no possibility of doing a surgery rotation there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBL2008 View Post
    Starting St. Mary's next? Eat your Wheaties and pray there are at least 5 students on each team.

    Seriously tho, AUC should try and expand cores in CT. CT isnít nearly has drab as most other cities where cores are located.
    Went to orientation and its gonna be killer. 4:30am - 6or7pm daily with q4 call and students are not post call.

    OUCH...

    We get our own call room to surgical students, nice They didn't hold any punches telling us we will work our butts off. I really don't mind working hard, as long as they teach us and are willing to explain things when asked or just be enthusiastic about teaching us what they know and not use us as scut monkeys too much. I don't mind helping out, but I am just like the next student. I pay to learn, so lets hope some of that time is spent teaching.. but im not holding my breath much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macgyver1 View Post
    Went to orientation and its gonna be killer. 4:30am - 6or7pm daily with q4 call and students are not post call.

    OUCH...
    Yeah... at least it's not q3. So your good! lol!!

    In all seriousness I think you'll benefit from having interns that are 9 months on the job. Starting a big rotation like IM or GS with new interns in June or July can be a frustrating experience for the med student that expects a very solid teaching experience.

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