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, any rotation offered by IU School of Medicine faculty and its partner teaching hospitals, including research and international rotations, is available for residents in this program.

Clinical Curriculum

The clinical curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks, including a core of seven foundational clinical skills (FCS) rotations and six clinical electives. Four clinical rotations are required for all Transitional Year residents: Adult Critical Care, Adult Hospitalist Medicine, Internal Medicine Clinic and Emergency Medicine. Residents participate in selecting the remaining nine clinical blocks, including three additional foundational clinical skills rotations (known as selectives) and six electives, providing flexibility for individual training needs.

Selectives available to round out the seven FCS rotations include rotations in Family Medicine, General Surgery, Cardiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine. Residents choose six clinical electives to round out the 13 clinical blocks of the Transitional Year curriculum.

Specialty-Specific Clinical Rotations

  • For anesthesiology-bound physicians are outstanding critical care experiences and an anesthesia pain elective.
  • For dermatology-bound physicians are clinical dermatology, plastic surgery, rheumatology, allergy and immunology and dermatopathology experiences.
  • For diagnostic radiology-bound physicians are forensic pathology, sports medicine, trauma surgery 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, microvascular surgery animal lab, and clinical ophthalmology experiences.
  • For physical medicine and rehabilitation-bound physicians are clinical neurology, neurosurgery, trauma surgery and rehabilitation medicine experiences.
  • For radiation oncology-bound physicians are clinical 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 a continuing quality improvement project. 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.