Message From Program Director


Brian Riley D.O. MPH

Welcome to the OB/GYN residency program at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center. The faculty and ancillary staff in the department have a mission to provide the highest level of care to our patients. We accomplish this through recruiting and training our residents to become caring, competent and highly-skilled physicians. As an independent academic medical center, Saint Francis Hospital is able to provide the residents with both quality academics and excellent research opportunities. We are a unique residency program that combines the high clinical volume of a community-based hospital with the high academic standards of a university-based program. We strive to foster a supportive environment where our residents can learn state-of-the-art techniques for the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

Our academic faculty consists of 8 full time and 2 part-time Generalists, 4 Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians, 3 Gynecologic Oncologists, 1 Urogynecolgist, as well as, over 40 private attending physicians. Additionally, we have a strong teaching affiliation with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington where our residents rotate. There is also a third year elective rotation that the resident can choose to complete anywhere in the world. The residents complete over ninety percent of their training within the same institution and all of the faculty members are very clinically active and work one-on-one with the residents during the rotations. This helps to foster close mentoring relationships which enhance the overall educational experience.

We have teaching affiliation relationships with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. The presence of rotating students from several medical schools allows for very robust educational sessions which occur daily. We also have several innovative educational features including: a robotic surgery curriculum, a monthly simulation program, mock oral board examinations, and the opportunity to participate in international medical mission trips with our faculty.

Our residents consistently operate at higher percentiles nationally, and there are no fellows which affords our residents the opportunity to have the primary teaching experience from our busy subspecialists. We have a very strong continuity clinic experience for the residents who provide care to a culturally diverse population. There are three and a half hours of protected didactic time during each week, as well as daily teaching rounds with lunchtime discussions. There is a night float system in place and a formal research program to allow residents to develop a well-structured research project. One member of our private attending faculty leads several international mission trips per year and we encourage our residents to participate. We believe that our residency program is a “diamond in the rough” that allows our residents to reach their full potential in becoming excellent physicians.

Come and visit our program to see for yourself.