Program goals

The overarching objective of the transitional year is to provide a well-balanced resident graduate medical education in multiple clinical disciplines tailored to facilitate the choice of and preparation for a specific specialty.

The rotation curricula include competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment, regularly scheduled didactic sessions, clearly defined resident responsibilities for patient care, progressive responsibility for patient management, and supervision of residents for all rotations in the program.

Wayne State University's School of Medicine and participating sites aim to provide an exemplary training environment with continuous emphasis on the core competencies and patient safety.

The transitional year is designed to fulfill the educational needs of medical school graduates who have:

1. Chosen a career specialty, which has a prerequisite one-year fundamental clinical education.

2. Desire a need to acquire at least one year of fundamental skill education prior to entering a career path that does not require broad clinical skill such as administrative medicine and/or clinical research.

3. Are planning to serve an organization such as public health service or on active duty in military as general medical officers.

4. Have not yet made a career choice of specialty selection and desire a broad based year to assist them in making that decision. The transitional year resident responsibilities include patient care, data gathering and organization, physical exam skills and decision-making.