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Clinical Learning Opportunities

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The 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.

Program Aim

The program’s aim is to develop healthcare leaders who are well-prepared to enter advanced residency training. Successful applicants value the strong clinical foundation and emphasis on individual resident development provided by the Transitional Year.

Core Clinical Rotations

The clinical curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks. Each resident completes the core clinical rotations and a five-rotation specialty track aimed at advanced residency preparation. 

 Emergency Medicine 2 blocks
 Family Medicine Clinic longitudinal
 Internal Medicine Clinic 1 block
 Internal Medicine Hospitalist 2 blocks
 Pediatrics Hospitalist 1 block
 Medical ICU 1 block
 Radiology-Quality-Safety 1 block
 Specialty Track Rotations 5 blocks

Specialty Tracks for PGY-2 preparation

  • Anesthesiology
    Medical ICU (2nd rotation)
    Cardiology
    Toxicology
    Anesthesiology
    Neurology or Pain Clinic
  • Dermatology
    Dermatology Clinic
    Dermatopathology
    Infectious Diseases
    Allergy, Asthma, Immunology 
    Plastic Surgery
  • Neurology
    Cardiology 
    Toxicology 
    Palliative Care
    Neurology
    Infectious Diseases
  • Ophthalmology
    Neurology
    Orbital Dissection Lab
    Ophthalmology Clinic (2 rotations)
    Oculoplastics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    General Surgery
    Orthopaedics
    Neurology
    Palliative Care
    PM&R or Pain Clinic
  • Radiation Oncology
    Palliative Care
    Oncology Clinic
    Pathology 
    Radiation Oncology
    Neurology
  • Radiology
    General Surgery 
    Pathology Autopsy 
    Orthopedics 
    Neurology
    Radiology

Didactic Learning

This Transitional Year Residency Program hosts a year-long multifaceted educational curriculum that supplements clinical learning. Didactic discussions focus on a wide range of topics, including application of evidence-based medicine, unconscious bias, practice ethics, professional sustainability, and resident wellbeing. 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.

Learning Environment

Based at IU Health Methodist Hospital and a part of IU Health’s Academic Health Center in downtown Indianapolis, the Transitional Year Residency has maintained a partnership with Methodist Hospital since 1908 and ACGME accreditation since 1983. Residents in this program benefit from training in the supportive learning environment fostered by both IU School of Medicine and Indiana University Health. The program partners with several other IU School of Medicine residency programs and numerous IU Health clinical service lines.