Transitional Year Program Overview
Our academic year is divided into 13 four week block rotations. Although the core rotations vary by ultimate career path, a typical year includes rotations in: General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric/Adolescent Clinic, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Family Medicine/Ambulatory Care Clinic, and Internal Medicine Wards. Three electives can be chosen from any specialty at Brooke Army Medical Center or Wilford Hall Medical Center. Elective rotations are prioritized for non-categorical interns at the start of the year, allowing them an opportunity to rotate early in the year with a specific service that they may have a particular interest in, prior to applying for further residency training.
Interns will participate in all scheduled didactic activities while on rotations to include morning report, lectures, journal clubs, and M&M conferences. Additionally, we hold monthly Transitional Year Didactic meetings which cover a range of educational topics such as simulation exercises, military unique subjects, patient safety, medical ethics, and professional development. All interns will complete training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support with some also achieving certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support through the Combat Casualty Care Course (C4).
The Transitional Year Program curriculum is designed to ensure all interns meet the SAUSHEC research requirement through independent and reflective learning assignments. Interns are also encouraged to seek independent research opportunities within their specialty of choice, with research rotation blocks available. In addition to online training, all interns will give an oral presentation on a Patient Safety/Process Improvement topic of their choice during the year.