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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.

Professional Development

This Transitional Year Residency Program invests heavily in individual resident development. 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. Residents participate in a longitudinal professional development arc over the course of the program, and didactic professional development series supplements the resident experience by offering critical skills workshops that enhance professional sustainability.

Clinical Learning

The clinical curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks. Each resident completes the multi-disciplinary clinical core curriculum of rotations in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. Specialty-specific curricula aimed at advanced residency preparation are offered according to each individual resident’s future specialty. A variety of clinical rotations are offered, including General Surgery, Dermatopathology, Cardiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, and Neurology.

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, breast imaging, interventional radiology, and more.
  • For interventional radiology-bound physicians are general surgery, vascular surgery, anesthesiology, and interventional radiology experiences.
  • For ophthalmology-bound physicians is a unique orbital dissection elective with education in skull base anatomy and orbital imaging, and both general 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 Learning

This Transitional Year Residency Program hosts a year-long multifaceted educational curriculum that supplements clinical learning. Focused on evidence-based medicine and led by faculty experts in the field, the Transitional Year Journal Club centers on resident-led discussions about answering clinical questions through the critical appraisal of literature. Didactic sessions focus on a wide range of topics, including quality and safety, unconscious bias, ethics of practice, and several clinical topics. 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.