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Welcome to the Transitional Year Program

From the Program Director

Welcome to the Sanford School of Medicine Transitional Year Residency Program website.  We are pleased you are considering our program. We would like to highlight some of what we consider the strengths of the program.  We utilize the minimum ACGME requirements for the year.  This translates into 4 months on the Internal Medicine wards, 1 month of Emergency Medicine, and 1 month of Outpatient primary care medicine which could be completed with Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Family Medicine.  Beyond these basic requirements for all Transitional Year Programs our program philosophy is to not add further requirements. Residents in Transitional Year programs will be pursuing a variety of specialties and the educational needs and interest of a Transitional Year resident going in to dermatology will be very different from a Transitional Year resident going into radiation oncology, for example.   Our schedule provides the flexibility to customize educational programs to the greatest extent possible.

During the 4 months on the internal medicine wards the transitional residents find themselves fully integrated into the inpatient rotation working side by side with Internal Medicine R1’s with no differences in their duties or expectations.  These months are rigorous and provide the solid foundation in hospital medicine needed by all Transitional Year residents regardless of their future objectives.

While on required rotations the Transitional Year residents find themselves treated indistinguishably form categorical residents (primarily medicine).  While on specialty rotations, however, attending physicians are acutely aware of the different educational needs of the Transitional Year residents.  With this a very rich educational environment is provided in areas such as anesthesia, ophthalmology, dermatology and others.  Some specialty groups also provide opportunities for research.

We foster research interests to the greatest extent possible and encourage residents to both initiate and complete projects that could have been started prior to their matriculation in the residency program.  This has been done through research electives and by helping with funding if a resident is presenting at a conference.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on medicine in general.  Training programs are no exception to this rule.  We are supported by well-funded, well organized hospital organizations and there has not been a shortage of PPE nor has an inordinate amount of resident efforts been focused on the COVID wards.  The pandemic has been manageable here and at the time of writing both hospitals have had a low but steady census of COVID patients.

We have increased our virtual learning and meeting participation over the last few months.  We expect that this will continue and become more refined.  Interviews this year will be virtual as well and we look forward to meeting you then and giving you a closer look at our program.

Eric Larson, M.D., FACP
Program Director