The Transitional Year residency program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital is a fully accredited one-year intensive training program. The objective of the Transitional Year is to provide a well-balanced program of graduate medical education in multiple clinical disciplines designed to facilitate the choice of and preparation for a specific specialty.The two sponsoring programs for the Transitional Year are Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
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The St. Mary Mercy Hospital Transitional Year Program is designed to fulfill the educational needs of medical school graduates who:
- have chosen a career specialty for which the categorical program in graduate medical education has, as a prerequisite, one year of fundamental clinical education (this education may also contain certain specific experiences for development of desired skills)
- desire a broad-based year to assist them in making a career choice or specialty selection decision
- are planning to serve in public health organizations or on active duty in the military as general medical officers or primary flight/undersea medicine physicians; or
- desire or need to acquire at least one year of fundamental clinical education before entering administrative medicine or non-clinical research
Internal Medicine and Family Medicine are discipline encompassing the study and practice of health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment of men and women from newborn (FM) to old age, during health and all stages of illness. Intrinsic to the disciplines are scientific knowledge, the scientific method of problem solving, evidence-based decision making, a commitment to lifelong learning, and an attitude of caring that is derived from humanistic and professional values. The St. Mary Mercy Transitional Year Residency Program incorporates the ACGME's General competencies into every day patient care activities, including:
Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.
Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.
Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.