Hospital Medicine (IMT)

The Inpatient Management Team (IMT) is an active group of 15 pediatric hospitalists and 5 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) who comprise the Division of Hospital Medicine. As hospitalists, education is central to our mission so we will play a large role in your inpatient pediatric learning. We provide care to inpatients in four locations-- at the main CT Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and within our three satellite community hospital units in Waterbury, Danbury and Norwalk, Connecticut. Our Advanced Practice Providers are APRNs and PAs who are integrated into the work we do, and are known to lend a helping hand to new trainees. They work directly with the attending hospitalists and do not require senior resident oversight, though are fully engaged in patient handoffs with the resident teams. They are highly proficient and can serve as excellent role models of care and collaboration on the inpatient service.

The Division has a three-fold mission: (1) outstanding evidence-based, high value care, (2) excellence in teaching, and (3) innovative academic productivity. In our clinical mission, we provide care to all medical inpatients who do not have a subspecialist or surgeon directing their care. Currently 100% of general medical admissions are placed on the hospitalist service, with all Primary Care Providers trusting us to care for their patients. We continue to earn that trust via great service and communication, and the front line residents contribute to this greatly. In addition, the Division provides consultation and co-management for select surgical sub-specialty patients, assisting in complex health needs to provide these children with high quality and breadth of care. In 2015, we began a new “evening hospitalist” model, adding to the supervision and teaching of residents in the late evening hours, ensuring adequate oversight and enhancing “at the elbow” instruction and teaching. As with the field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) overall, the Division has seen tremendous growth, expanding by 70% in patient volume over the past 5 years, and by 130% in the last 8 years. In the 2016-2017 year, the hospitalists oversaw more than 7,000 inpatient encounters at our Hartford Campus including over 2,000 admissions, accounting for over 25% of all inpatient days.

As hospitalists, our teaching focuses on clinical reasoning right at the bedside, with an emphasis on knowing the evidence and literature behind decisions made.. We help residents gradually move from gatherers of information to ones who can formulate and synthesize plans for patients, both routine and complex. We also teach by role modeling, e.g. in Family Centered Rounds, in which the physicians, students, bedside nurse and family share in knowledge sharing and in setting the plan for the day. We seek to provide an environment that maximizes learning for a wide variety of disciplines, including residents, medical students, nurses, PAs, and nurse practitioners. Our faculty members provide supervision of the residents and medical students during their inpatient rotations, and provide the bulk of inpatient feedback and evaluation. We also focus on effective navigation of a complex healthcare system. The Division has won five major teaching awards from residents and medical students in the past three years (2014-2017), a testament to our success in this area. Members of the Division are involved in research in the areas of medical education and quality improvement, with a particular interest in new curricula and in standardizing best practice via the use of evidence-based Clinical Pathways. We welcome and encourage resident participation in both new and ongoing projects.

Residency is a challenging and exciting journey of learning, dedication, and self-discovery. As hospitalists we are committed to helping residents along that journey. For us, it is a joy to see the incredible growth that we are privileged to witness along the way.

Hospital Medicine (IMT) Faculty

Anand Sekaran, M.D.
Associate Professor
Division Head and Medical Director
asekaran@connecticutchildrens.org

Emilee Colella, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Evening Shift
EColella@connecticutchildrens.org

Joanne Cyganowski, M.D.
Assistant Professor
JCyganowski@connecticutchildrens.org

Alex Hogan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
AHogan@connecticutchildrens.org

Richard Johnson, M.D.
Associate Professor
Faculty Education Coordinator
rijohns@connecticutchildrens.org

Kathy Kalkbrenner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Kkalkbrenner@connecticutchildrens.org

Sumith Madhavarapu, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Evening Shift
SMadhavarapu@connecticutchildrens.org 

Marta Neubauer, M.D.
Assistant Professor
mneubauer@connecticutchildrens.org

Christine Skurkis, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Residency Program Director
cskurki@connecticutchildrens.org

Catherine Sullivan, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
cbsulli@connecticutchildrens.org

MacDara Tynan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Waterbury unit
Mtynan@connecticutchildrens.org

Ilana Waynik, M.D.
Assistant Professor
iwaynik@connecticutchildrens.org

 

Anand Sekaran, M.D.
Anand Sekaran, M.D.

University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Medical Education, 4H, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106