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Graduate Medical Education at St. Vincent's Medical Center

Transitional Year Residency Program

Graduate Medical Education Residency At St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CTSt. Vincent’s Medical Center offers a Transitional Year Residency Program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Internal Medicine and Radiology. This academically rigorous one-year program combines the best of Medicine and other fields to provide an individual schedule for every resident with a focus on both goals for the year and their eventual career paths.

St. Vincent’s has six residents in the Transitional Year program, who continue on in different specialties after completing their intern year. The majority of our Transitional Year residents go into the fields of Diagnostic Radiology, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology and Neurology.

Required rotations during the Transitional Year include two and a half months of General Inpatient Medicine, one and a half months of Medical ICU, one month of Ambulatory Care, one month of Emergency Medicine and five months of electives. Dr. Homayounrooz, the Transitional Year Program Director, creates an individual schedule with each resident to fulfill the requirements for a clinical year in their chosen field. Inpatient and outpatient rotations are available in Internal Medicine, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Radiation/Oncology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In addition, opportunities are available for subspecialty training within each major department, including Orthopedic Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Neurology. Each Transitional Year resident also has an elective named Problem Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) which enhances their skills in quality improvement and patient safety.

Our Transitional Year program is fully integrated into the Internal Medicine program and Transitional Year residents are treated identically to our Categorical residents. Residents attend Grand Rounds and the core lecture series in the Department of Medicine, as well as didactics specific to each of their rotations. The emphasis our institution places on bedside teaching and development of basic clinical skills results in a Transitional Year resident well prepared for their future clinical pathways.

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