The mission of the ECHN Family Medicine Residency Program is to train outstanding, capable, conscientious full spectrum family physicians through innovative and evidence based educational curriculum in a patient centered medical home. The residents we train will be leaders in their community providing care to underserved patients throughout New England.

Director's Welcome


Cesar Fuentes, MD, FHM, FAAFP

Residency Director

Welcome!
Our mission is to provide the best educational environment and experience to prepare residents to be highly skilled family physicians to better serve our community.

Throughout their training at the ECHN Family Medicine Residency Program, our residents are given extensive learning opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient medicine, with special attention to preparing them to practice the full spectrum of family medicine.
 
We are a community-based, university-affiliated unopposed family medicine program located in Manchester, Connecticut, one of the best places to live and practice that you can find. We have a talented, motivated and compassionate group of residents, staff and faculty, outstanding inpatient and outpatient training, a unique longitudinal curriculum, and a commitment to residency education and to outstanding patient care. ECFMR is certified as a Level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home. We are passionate about family medicine and invite you to learn about our program.

We are enthusiastic about the future of Family Medicine and see the need for family physicians to fill the role as medical leaders in the communities they serve at both the local and national level. We also believe that the foundation of the health of our nation and world must be built on well-trained family physicians serving in the key role as primary care physicians. Therefore, the scope of Family Medicine will continue to evolve as the needs of our communities dictate. The addition of our Fellowship in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and our areas of concentration in evidence-based medicine are clear examples of ways in which we are leading the way in re-shaping the vision of Family Medicine into the 21st century.

Our residency trains confident and dynamic family physicians by emphasizing family centered practice at Family Health Care Center and Manchester Family Physicians and outstanding added-value rotations at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and ECHN.

I love training family doctors at the Eastern Connecticut Family Medicine Residency.
 The positive aspects of training here are too numerous to count, but here are some of my favorites.

Please explore our website. We hope you apply!

Sincerely,
Dr. Cesar Fuentes

Program Highlights

Our Residents
Our skilled and dedicated residents carry the pride of our specialty and work side-by-side with physicians from other specialties sharing skills, experiences and mutual respect. Our residents are important role models for our medical students.

Our Staff
The nursing and support staff of the residency clinic provide skilled and dedicated service to keep our organizations running smoothly, and provide important educational experiences for our residents.

Our Facilities
ECHN’s Manchester Memorial hospital is a teaching hospital. We are dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, innovation and care of the underserved. Our residency enjoys the company of some of the most skilled and dedicated health professionals. Family medicine is a respected and central component to health care delivery in Manchester, making this an ideal place to train and pursue a career in family medicine.

Our Location
Manchester is a vibrant, culturally rich and comfortable city, 15 minutes to Hartford. We are driving distance to Boston and NYC which makes us a central location and Connecticut’s beauty and recreational opportunities are vast.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is broken out into 13 blocks and are each 4 weeks.

PGY1

  • Cardiology: 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Family Medicine Outpatient: 1/2 block
  • Gynecology: 1/2 block
  • ICU: 1 block
  • Inpatient Medicine: 2 blocks
  • Maternity Care Center: 1 block
  • NICU: 1 block
  • Night Float: 1 block
  • Obstetrics: 1 block
  • Pediatrics: 1 block (Longitudinal Rotation over two years)
  • Psychiatry: 1 block
  • Surgery: 1 block
  • 1/2 day per week of Family Medicine Continuity Clinic
  • 1/2 day per week of Pediatric Continuity

PGY2

  • Community Medicine: 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Elective: 1 block
  • Family Medicine Outpatient: 1 1/2 blocks
  • Geriatrics: 1 block
  • Inpatient Medicine: 2 blocks
  • IP Pediatric Medicine (CCMC): 1 block
  • Maternity Care Center: 1/2 blocks
  • Night Float: 1 block
  • Obstetrics: 1 block
  • Radiology/Anesthesiology: 1 block
  • Sports Medicine: 1 block
  • 1 1/2 full days per week of Family Medicine Continuity Clinic
  • 1/2 day per week of Pediatric Continuity

PGY3

  • Elective: 3 blocks
  • Family Medicine Outpatient: 2 blocks
  • Gastroenterology: 1 block
  • Gynecology: 1 block
  • Inpatient Medicine: 1 1/2 blocks
  • Inpatient Medicine Backup: 1 block
  • Night Float: 1/2 block
  • Otolaryngology: 1/2 block
  • Orthopedics: 1 block
  • Pediatrics Emergency Medicine (CCMC): 1 block
  • Practice Management: 1/2 block
  • 2 full days per week of Family Medicine Continuity Clinic

Osteopathic Recognition Track
Residents that want to learn Osteopathic principles in residency and use Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) in their practice can pursue this training in programs that offer Osteopathic Recognition (OR). Under ACGME, OR is the mechanism for delivering Osteopathic training in a systematic way and distinguishing those that graduate with this skill set. This consists of yearly evaluation of Osteopathic skills, development of core diagnostic and treatment skills via dedicated didactic time, and dedicated Osteopathic continuity clinic.

The ECHN Family Medicine Residency Program offers Osteopathic Recognition to all residents that meet the basic prerequisites (either graduation from a DO school or the clinical equivalent of a month of training under an ONMM specialist). By completion of the ECHN Family Medicine Residency with Osteopathic Recognition, residents develop confidence using OMT in their practice. They have experience diagnosing and treating a variety of common musculoskeletal conditions and some less common conditions.

ECHN Family Medicine Residents with Osteopathic Recognition are eligible for a “plus-one” Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) year at ECHN, allowing their Osteopathic Recognition training to give them advanced placement towards our ONMM residency program, such that with only one additional year they would qualify for a second board certification.

Program and Hospital Benefits

ECHN’s residency and internship programs offer a robust benefit package.

Residency Program Benefits

  • ACOFP for PGY3
  • Comlex 3 exam fee reimbursement for family medicine residents
  • Educational stipend of $750 a year
  • iPhone with unlimited data
  • Laptop
  • Membership to applicable professional societies
  • Mentor system
  • National boards parts 1 and 2 fee reimbursement
  • Participation in GME and hospital committees
  • Program sponsored sports events
  • Recruitment events
  • Research opportunities
  • Resident events including our holiday party, graduation party and retreats
  • Salary: PGY1: $54,000; PGY2: $56,000; PGY3: $58,000
  • Stipend for educational activities

Hospital Benefits

  • 20 paid vacation days
  • Cafeteria meal discount
  • Free parking
  • Health, life and short-term disability insurance
  • Maternity leave
  • Medical malpractice insurance
  • Retirement plan through Principal

Core Faculty

Laura Bujold, DO
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Imelda Cirilo, MD
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Cesar Fuentes, MD
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Tricia Hall, DO
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Michael Marchetti, DO
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Remi Mathews, MD
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Katherine Reeve, MD
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Michael Waddington, DO
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Community Faculty

Gordon Brodie, MD
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Shelley Burchsted, MD
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Pamela Lewis, MD
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Lydia Lormand, DO
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Julia Vitali, DO

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