UB Health Sciences team up with St. Vincent’s Medical Center

The University of Bridgeport Division of Health Sciences has forged a new partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center to deliver programs that will enhance training, understanding, and collaboration among future health providers.

As part of this new partnership launched in January, fourth-year student interns from the UB College of Naturopathic Medicine and College of Chiropractic are joining physicians, residents, and medical students from St. Vincent’s on observation rotations and case presentations during daily grand rounds.

These educational rotations “present opportunities for interns to gain valuable experience in an acute-care environment and allows them to gain a deeper understanding of various medical specialties, which they otherwise would not experience in our outpatient UB campus clinics,” said Dr. David M. Brady, vice provost of the University of Bridgeport Health Sciences Division.

At the same time, participation with interns from the Colleges of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic allows St. Vincent’s physicians and residents to gain better understanding and appreciation of complementary and integrative medicine, as well as attaining a greater awareness of the level of training these providers receive.

“Better insight and awareness of traditional medicine by students studying naturopathic and chiropractic medicine will help them to understand how they can support patient needs,” said Ron Bianchi, corporate senior vice president of St. Vincent’s. “Complementary medicine is something many patients have turned to as part of their preventative and chronic treatment, and it is very important that we better understand each other to more effectively serve our patients.”

Dr. Frank Scifo, director of primary care development at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, added: “It’s a positive thing for the community because it provides it with the opportunity to consider alternative venues of medicine. Naturopathic and chiropractic medicine are a great complement to traditional medicine, and we look forward to working with UB.”

The rotation program is just one of many new partnerships between St. Vincent’s—a premier teaching hospital in the area—and UB’s Health Sciences programs, which include the College of Naturopathic Medicine, College of Chiropractic, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, Human Nutrition Institute, and Acupuncture Institute.

The partnership with St. Vincent’s also complements University of Bridgeport’s collaborative intern and residency programs with other medical institutions, including Veteran’s Administration Hospital in West Haven, Integrative Medical Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, and Yale-Hew Haven and Norwalk hospitals, among others.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu