Transitional Year

Transitional Residency Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Transitional Year Residency is a one-year training experience that allows residents to fulfill the clinical prerequisite for specialty training. Residents receive broad-based general medicine and surgery training in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Our program has been designed to provide a diversified core curriculum which allows the resident to learn responsibility for the primary management of patients with a wide variety of pathological conditions. Recognizing that individuals entering the program may desire exposure to areas not included in the core curriculum, the program offers elective rotations, which are tailored to meet the individual clinical needs and future interests of each resident.



Goals and Philosophies
  • Broad-based general medicine/surgery training in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings
  • Direct and primary clinical responsibilities on all services. Excellent balance between didactic education and clinical responsibility

Program Highlights
  • Customize, flexible curriculum with choice of four electives, including research
  • Hands on experience, integrated technology, collegial environment and structured didactics
  • Patient diversity
The program has been designed to provide a diversified core curriculum which allows the resident to learn responsibility for the primary management of patients with a wide variety of pathological conditions.

The transitional year curriculum requires 28 weeks of training in disciplines which provide fundamental clinical skills. Recognizing that individuals entering the program may desire exposure to areas not included in the core curriculum, the program offers elective rotations, which are tailored to meet the individual clinical needs and future interests of each resident. We offer selected tracks focusing on specialty training:

Didactics
Residents assume the same responsibilities as categorical residents on respective services. Transitional residents are required to participate fully in the departmental conferences and teaching activities for each service on which they rotate. Faculty and senior residents provide supervision and teaching for the transitional residents.

Research
For research support, the scholarly activity support team can assist you. The scholarly activity support team also offers biostatistics consultation, and poster preparation. Residents will be expected to submit their work for presentation at an institutional Research Day.
The general guidelines for applying to our transitional year program are as follows:

1. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only.
  • Applications are accepted until the first week of November
  • Interview dates are from the last week of October to the first week of January
  • You will be contacted via email if you are offered an interview
  • Applicants must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 on first attempt
  • We require three letters of recommendation and a dean’s letter from medical school
  • Applicants must qualify to receive a limited medical license from the State of Michigan
2. International medical graduates
  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school no more than three years from the start of the program
  • Applicants must have clinical experience as a physician in a hospital no more than two years from the start of the program
  • All applicants must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
  • Applicants must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 on first attempt
  • Applicants must have a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to the start of the program
 
For more information on our program, contact Susan Grice, program coordinator. 
Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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