The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Medicine

Transitional Year Program

Lorin Bibb, MD
2020-2021 Resident

Wesley Ingram, MD

Alumnus and Radiology Resident

The UT Graduate School of Medicine offers a transitional year residency program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine. This academically rigorous one-year program gives residents the opportunity to craft a personalized schedule in multiple departments to best meet the needs of his or her future chosen field. The majority of transitional year residents at this institution continue in the fields of radiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and radiation oncology. The transitional year may serve as a clinical base year for other advanced specialty programs or military service.

The Transitional Year residency is composed of thirteen 4-week blocks. Required rotations during the transitional year include four blocks of general inpatient medicine, one block of medical ICU, two blocks of ambulatory care, and one block of emergency medicine. Ambulatory Care rotation choices include The University of Tennessee main campus Student Health Center, Internal Medicine and Ambulatory Surgery rotations. Transitional residents are able to choose from a wide variety of electives from the ACGME accreditated residency programs at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Electives are available in internal medicine/medicine subspecialities, family medicine, general surgery/surgical specialties, radiology, anesthesiology, neurology, pathology, dermatology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology and obstetrics and gynecology. Cardiology is strongly recommended as one of the five electives available to the TY residents. The program director works with each resident to expose them to their eventual field of choice early in their transitional year so that residents can avail themselves of research and learning opportunities at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.

The transitional year residency emphasizes direct patient care responsibility. Transitional year assignments and opportunities are identical to those of categorical interns under the supervision of senior residents in the respective specialty fields. Residents attend Grand Rounds and the core lecture series in the department of medicine as well as didactics specific to each of their rotations. Simulation lab sessions are offered to the transitional residents for common procedures. The transitional year residents meet monthly in sessions that emphasize the development of basic scholarly skills. Mentorship for academic projects is available.

The emphasis this institution places on bedside teaching and development of basic clinical skills results in a transitional-year resident well prepared for many clinical pathways.

Transitional residents can take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the UTGSM and University of Tennessee Medical Center including the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, Resident Research Day, and travel to conferences for scholarly work.

For questions regarding the transitional-year program, please contact the department.

Application Information

Please review Transitional Year Applicant Criteria. Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our residency program is listed as "University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville"and our ACGME accreditation ID is: 9994700130.

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