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Program Goals

The Transitional Year Residency program at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center is an exciting, flexible curriculum for those entering their first post-graduate year after medical school. The overall goal of the Transitional Residency program is to provide interns with a well rounded, balanced curriculum that will prepare them for a variety of Categorical programs. The program represents the integration of basic physiology and pharmacology pertinent to the inpatient or outpatient setting, providing for the diagnosis and clinical management of the severely ill patient as well as the technical skills needed in a variety of disciplines.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a base of medical knowledge in the inpatient setting where an exposure to a variety of diseases and disease states will allow them to practice and manage hospitalized individuals, ranging from pediatric and adult to geriatric, and to provide experience in emergency and ambulatory care as well as obstetrics.
  • To provide exposure to disease states from the primary care perspective that will allow them to integrate and obtain knowledge appropriate to their future referrals.
  • To provide didactic experiences which support the knowledge base.
  • To provide a curriculum which allows for elective time to obtain choices to pursue a myriad of interests that include technical skills and procedures, research opportunities and a variety of subspecialties.

The Transitional Year program accepts six residents each year through the NRMP. The program may serve as an independent but required part of a categorical program such as ophthalmology, radiology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, physical medicine, etc. It may be required for medical school graduates who plan to enter the military as medical officers. Although the majority of our residents have definite plans for a categorical residency, we do accept applicants who need another year to decide upon career plans.