Transitional Year Residency

One-year program for anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and radiology

Established in 1983

Diverse, multi-cultural patient mix

One of the largest Transitional Year programs in U.S.

Strong critical care and procedural experience

Integrated, hospital-wide EMR technology ACGME-accredited

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About the Program

Program Overview

Because of the limited positions available, we will only be interviewing graduates of:

  • University of Minnesota Medical School—Minneapolis/Duluth
  • Mayo Medical School—Rochester
  • Medical College of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • University of North Dakota, School of Medicine—Grand Forks
  • University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine—Sioux Falls
  • University of Iowa Medical College – Iowa City
  • Des Moines University – Des Moines

Broad Clinical Experience with a Large Peer Cohort

For more than 30 years, the Transitional Year Residency at HCMC has provided strong procedural and critical care training to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and radiology.

As one of the largest, most competitive programs in the U.S., our residents benefit from a peer group of more than twenty other Transitional Year residents, as well as daily collaboration with more than 200 residents and fellows in our best-of-breed medical education programs.

Our emphasis on hands-on experience, integrated technology, and our collegial environment all combine to build teamwork, leadership skills, and confidence for our graduates.

Curriculum

About Our Curriculum

Hands-On Learning in a High Tech Environment

The Transitional Year curriculum immerses our residents in robust, hands-on learning opportunities that build proficiency and confidence. All HCMC residents take an early and active role in patient care while learning from experienced specialists. Transitional Year residents study side-by-side with more than 200 peers from our 15 residency and fellowship programs.

Technology plays a critical role in our organization, especially in our commitment to a paperless environment. Residents quickly become proficient in all aspects of the Epic electronic medical records system, which is integrated across the inpatient and outpatient continuum and features embedded radiology. Using their expertise, recent Transitional Year residents helped design the Epic training used across HCMC’s residency and fellowship programs.

Resident orientation also takes full advantage of the latest technology. All HCMC residents onboard in our new Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center with a series of action-learning circuits that build procedural skills, communication, and teamwork.

All rotations take place at our single-site campus, which promotes regular analysis, discussion, and collaboration with physicians in all fields. We maintain a well-earned reputation for our collegial atmosphere and supportive environment that fosters great patient care and learning.

Didactics

About Our Educational Experience

Didactic Opportunities with Real-World Application
Transitional Year residents immerse themselves in the weekly conferences, study groups, and other didactic experiences offered by each of our categorical programs. As an academic healthcare system, HCMC places strong institutional value on education and offers numerous opportunities for resident learning.

Quality Improvement Opportunity

 

Within the Transitional Year program, residents can opt for the popular Quality Improvement elective. During this four-week project, residents dive into a topic of their choice to analyze its root cause and identify tangible areas for improvement. Residents then present their findings to peers and faculty.

HCMC implements many of these recommendations. Others result in national recognition for Transitional Year residents. In all cases, residents learn the discipline of quality improvement, in order to establish these skills within their own future practice.

Recent accomplishments

A Transitional Year resident’s project reviewed HCMC’s paging system and the issues generated from the default setting of "stat." HCMC’s quality committee adopted the recommendations, and the resident worked with staff to implement changes to the way HCMC prioritizes pages.

Another resident submitted a quality improvement project to the National Patient Safety Foundation and was selected as a Poster Session participant for the National Patient Safety Congress in Washington, D.C.

Faculty

About Our Faculty

Cross-Functional Leadership

Dr. Meghan Walsh, Chief Medical Education Officer at HCMC, leads the Transitional Year Residency. A recipient of HCMC’s "Best Teacher-Resident" and "Best Teacher-Faculty" award on multiple occasions, she ensures that Transitional Year residents experience the best that each discipline has to offer. Dr. Walsh also completed her Internal Medicine residency and Chief residency programs here at HCMC.

A cross-functional leadership team, comprised of program directors from Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology and other key specialties, meets regularly to design the Transitional Year Residency curriculum. This emphasis makes HCMC’s Transitional Year Residency one of our top educational programs.

Program Leadership

Dr. Matthew Young, Program Director, Transitional Year Residency
Dr. Meghan Walsh, Associate Program Director, Transitional Year Residency, and Chief Medical Education Officer, HCMC

Areas of Expertise

Every day our faculty share their dedication and expertise in a variety of key disciplines.

Emergency medicine
Dr. Stephen Dunlop

General medicine / Hospital Medicine
Dr. Meghan Walsh
Dr. Matthew Young

Internal medicine
Dr. Rosemary Quirk

OB/GYN
Dr. Samantha Pace

Ophthalmology
Dr. Kevin Engel

Pathology
Dr. Brad Linzie

Pediatrics
Dr. Sonja Colianni

Psychiatry
Dr. Amitabh Tipnis

Radiology
Dr. Gopal Punjabi
Dr. Anthony Severt

Rotation Schedule

About Our Rotations

Within each discipline, Transitional Year residents join their categorical peers for rotations and didactics. Residents at HCMC oversee all aspects of patient care, quickly obtaining progressive responsibility and decision-making roles as their clinical and leadership skills advance. Night float is required on some rotations.

Transitional Year residents can customize their experience with 2-3 elective opportunities during the year. Popular options include infectious diseases, newborn ICU, orthopedics, pathology, quality improvement, and rheumatology.

Elective Options

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Direct Care Clinic
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • OB/Ultrasound
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
  • Toxicology

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach with Numerous Elective Options

Anesthesia
Elective (2 required) 
Emergency Medicine (2 required) 
Internal Medicine (2 required)
Medical ICU (1 required)
Newborn ICU (1 required)
Neurology (1 required) 
OB/GYN (1 required)
Pediatrics (1 required)
Psychiatry (1 required)
Surgery (1 required)

Dermatology
Direct Care Clinic (1 required)
Electives (3 required)
Emergency Medicine (1 required)
Internal Medicine (3 required)
Neurology (1 required)
OB/GYN (1 required)
Pediatrics (1 required)
Plastic Surgery (1 required)
Psychiatry (1 required)

Radiology
Elective (1 required)
Emergency Medicine (2 required)
Internal Medicine (2 required)
Neurology (1 required)
OB/GYN (1 required)
Pediatrics (1 required)
Psychiatry (1 required)
Radiology (1 required)
Surgery (1 required)

Transitional/Ophthalmology
Direct care Clinic (1 required)
Electives (3 required)
Emergency Medicine (1 required)
Internal Medicine (3 required)
Neurology (1 required)
OB/GYN (1 required)
Pediatrics (1 required)
Psychiatry (1 required)
Surgery (1 required)

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Testimonials

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to complete a transitional year at HCMC! The diversity, teamwork, and encouraging learning environment are second to none. Not only did I have the chance to learn about several specialties, but I also saw how they interact. Most importantly, I formed relationships that will last a lifetime!”

What Sets Us Apart?

Dedicated peer group.

With an average of 24 Transitional Year residents annually, our program provides a unique opportunity for teamwork, discussion, and camaraderie with other residents in the same field of study.

Patient diversity.

We operate the region’s Level I Trauma Center and the state’s busiest emergency department and treat the Twin Cities’ immigrant and underserved population. Every day, residents care for patients from across the spectrum of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with healthcare needs at all levels of severity.

Expertise in trauma and critical care.

Transitional Year residents work in our fast-paced, high-volume Emergency Department, with responsibility for overseeing critical care, directing the initial stabilization of patients, and managing airway interventions, procedural sedation, and other key skills.

Fully integrated technology.

Our curriculum utilizes the latest systems and tools, from orientation and real-life procedural training in the Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center, to ultrasound usage across clinical areas. HCMC operates a completely paperless environment, with complete access to inpatient, outpatient, and advanced radiology technology at all points, through the Epic electronic medical records system.

Quality Improvement focus.

A four-week Quality Improvement study remains one of our most popular electives, where Transitional Year residents produce and present a project that can lead to actual system or process changes at HCMC. These projects also teach discipline of quality improvement, for use in future practice.

Application Requirements

Your application must include:

  • Medical school transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE Step 1

Because of the limited positions available, we will only be interviewing graduates of:

  • The University of Minnesota Medical School—Minneapolis/Duluth
  • Mayo Medical School—Rochester
  • Medical College of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • University of North Dakota, School of Medicine—Grand Forks
  • University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine—Sioux Falls

Process

  1. Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  2. Scoring: Our program does not require a minimum score. Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:
    • USMLE Step 1 scores
    • Interviews
    • Research
    • Medical school transcript
    • Honors and accomplishments
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
  3. Interviews: Applicants who meet a score threshold will be invited for interviews. We hold interviews in November through January.

About Our Facility

Training takes place at the HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. This facility spans five city blocks and houses in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics. We provide the full spectrum of care for patients, from primary care to hospitalization through rehabilitation.

Our Emergency Department handles cases at all levels of severity, including day-to-day emergencies and disaster response. To serve our multi-cultural population, we operate clinics in Somali, Russian, and Spanish, and employ a staff of more than 40 full-time interpreters.

Contact

judi shurson, transitional residency coordinator

Judi Shurson

Transitional Year Residency Co-Coordinator
[email protected]
612-873-3922

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Matthew Young, MD

Transitional Year Residency Program Director

katie dolan, transitional residency coordinator

Katie Dolan

Transitional Year Residency Co-Coordinator
[email protected]
612-873-4093

Samantha Pace Bio Photo

Samantha Pace, MD

Transitional Year Residency Assistant Program Director

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