Medical Education

 Q: Who should consider the Transitional Year Program?
A: The Transitional program meets the needs of physicians looking to acquire a broad range of clinical experience for subsequent graduated education in a selected field or physicians as yet undecided as to a specialty.

Q: What will the resident gain over the duration of the year?
A: The transitional resident gains exposure to a variety of specialties and at the same time, acquires the preparatory skills and knowledge vital to success in future clinical activities.

Q: What does the typical rounding team look like?
Inpatient Medicine and subspecialty services are staffed by an attending physician, one PGY 2 or 3 resident and two PGY 1 residents. Clinical Medicine is staffed by an attending physician, two PGY 3 residents, two PGY 2 residents and four PGY 1 residents. Cardiology is staffed by an attending physician, one PGY 3 resident and four PGY 1 residents. ICU is staffed by two attending physicians, one PGY 3 EM resident, one PGY 2 IM resident and six PGY 1 residents. Selective rotations are staffed by one attending physician and 0 - 2 PGY 2 or 3 residents and 0 - 2 PGY 1 residents. Med III and IV residents rotate on most services.

Q: What is the average census on teaching services?
A: The census on teaching services is generally capped at 20 patients.  PGY 1 residents generally follow 8-10 patients daily.

Q: Does Riverside have a Night Float System?
Yes. The PGY 1 Night Float system is in effect Sunday night through Thursday night each week. Upper level PGY 2 or 3 residents rotate on night float with PGY 1 residents, providing supervision, education, and support for admissions to teaching services, inpatient coverage, and code blue coverage.

Q: Does the curriculum contain core areas of training to provide a sound and broad education in medicine?
A: Our program prepares residents for further training in subspecialties only after all residents rotate in critical care, cardiology, general medicine, emergency medicine and ambulatory care.

Q: What training specialties will transitional residents be exposed to?
A: The program is sponsored by the department of Internal Medicine and the Transitional Year residents are integrated into core rotations and electives with categorical residents. The electives offered to the Transitional Year residents, therefore, are the same as those offered to Internal Medicine residents.

Q: When is the deadline for the application?
A: December 31 through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service.

Check out Internal Medicine FAQ for additional information.

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