Graduate Medical Education

Transitional Year Residency Curriculum

The patient care curriculum of the Transitional Year Residency Program at IU School of Medicine is well-rounded with exposure to a wide variety of patients, conditions and practice settings. Residents benefit from the guidance of IU School of Medicine’s outstanding clinical faculty, who are practicing physicians at IU Health. While this Transitional Year Residency Program is primarily based at IU Health Methodist Hospital, many rotations offered by IU School of Medicine faculty and its partner teaching hospitals are available for residents in this program.

Clinical Curriculum

The clinical curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks. Five core clinical rotations: Adult Critical Care, Adult Hospitalist Medicine, Internal Medicine Clinic, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Discipline-specific curricula are offered according to each individual resident’s intended advanced residency training specialty. A variety of clinical rotations are offered, including General Surgery, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine, Dermatopathology, Cardiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology and Orthopaedics.

Specialty-Specific Clinical Rotations

  • For anesthesiology-bound physicians are outstanding critical care and cardiology experiences.
  • For dermatology-bound physicians are rheumatology, allergy and immunology, plastic surgery, and dermatopathology experiences.
  • For diagnostic radiology-bound physicians are anatomic pathology, orthopaedics and numerous radiology subspecialty experiences, including neuroradiology, body imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, interventional radiology and more.
  • For ophthalmology-bound physicians is a unique orbital dissection elective with education in skull base anatomy and orbital imaging, and both ophthalmology and oculoplastics experiences.
  • For physical medicine and rehabilitation-bound physicians are neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation experiences.
  • For radiation oncology-bound physicians are medical oncology, radiology, palliative care and radiation oncology experiences.

Didactic Curriculum

The professional obligations of physicians are demanding, and health care environments often provide challenging practice conditions. Career longevity in medicine takes reflection, planning and healthy self-care habits. This Transitional Year Residency Program invests a significant amount of didactic time to teaching critical skills for professional sustainability in the Transitional Year Professional Development Series. The residency also hosts a Journal Club series. Focused on evidence-based medicine, the Transitional Year Journal Club centers on resident-peer presentations of literature with accompanying mini lessons about related EBM topics. Learning skills in quality improvement is essential for all subspecialties of medicine. All residents in the Transitional Year Residency Program at IU School of Medicine are required to participate in the Transitional Program quality improvement curriculum. Residents are also invited to attend a wide array of didactics from all related clinical service lines, including Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics, as well as from just about every IU School of Medicine academic department.