P.A. Surgical Residency Training Program

Post Graduate Residency Training

Richard L. Commaille
PA-C Program Director

The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Post Graduate PA Residency Training Program in General Surgery is an intensive, 12-month program administered by the Department of Surgery. The program provides didactic education and a focused clinical surgical experience and is appropriate for new P.A. program graduates as well as practicing P.A.s wishing to change their career focus.

Upon program completion, participants receive a Certificate of Completion from The Hospital of Central Connecticut and the Department of Surgery. We are an equal opportunity employer. 

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for internship and residency training.

Call 860.224.5513 for the application deadline and next program start date. 



Lectures, programs and labs are designed to give P.A. residents a comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology of surgical diseases.

Instruction covers:

  • General Surgery and Selected Subspecialty Topics
  • Peri-Operative Management of Surgical Patients
  • Intra-Operative Assisting
  • Post-Operative Complications and Emergencies
  • Development of Technical Skills and Bedside Invasive Procedures

P.A. residents will also be involved in M&M conferences, Grand Rounds and formal presentations to surgical attendings.

The didactic curriculum is divided into two phases:

Phase I
Prepares the resident to function as a surgical house officer. Time is designated for integration into the surgical team, before the resident's actual assignment to supervised, after-hour call.

Phase II
Addresses certain specific diseases and continues through the remainder of the residency.


P.A. residents begin participating on the surgical team immediately, starting as observers and progressively taking more responsibilities until they are ready to serve as supervised first responders to surgical issues.

Duties include:

  • Comprehensive H&Ps
  • Writing Patient Orders and Notes
  • Responding To and Evaluating Patient Problems
  • Rounds
  • Ordering Diagnostic Studies
  • Assisting in the OR
  • Performing Consults and Invasive Procedures (With Supervision)

After-hour calls are assigned on a rotating basis and integrated into existing staff P.A. schedule.

Clinical Rotations

During rotation, surgical P.A. residents maintain affiliation with the general surgery team. Rotations concentrate on general surgery, with other rotations in intensive care, orthopedics, urology, colorectal, vascular and neurosurgery.


Admission requirements and selection criteria:

  • Graduation From a P.A. Program Approved by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
  • Baccalaureate Degree or Higher
  • National Certification by the NCPA. New Graduates May Be Accepted Pending Successful Completion of PANC Exam
  • Official Transcripts From Colleges/Universities and P.A. Program
  • Copies of BLS and ALS Certifications
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • CT State P.A. Licensure and Controlled Substance registration (Failure to obtain either voids residency training offer.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. For New Graduates, One Must be From Their Program Director
  • Personal Interview
  • Two Personal Essays: One Explaining What Applicant Expects to Gain From The Residency; The Second Explaining Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

Selection Criteria

  • Strong Interest in General Surgery
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills As Noted By Essays and Personal Interview
  • Excellent Letters of Reference
  • Strong Academic Ability
  • Exceptional Ability to Function Within Team Model

Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend Commensurate With Other Post-Graduate P.A. Programs
  • Medical, Dental, Life and Disability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • 403(b) Plan
  • Disability Insurance
  • Two Weeks Paid Vacation
  • CME – Three Days Paid CME Time; Registration, Room and Board at Program Director's Discretion
  • Personal Days – Surgical P.A. Residents Receive Two Personal Days During Academic Year. Missed Work Must be Made Up
  • Sick Time – Per Hospital Policy
  • Uniforms and Textbooks
  • Free Parking
  • Limited Housing Available

Physician's Assistant Surgical Residency Program