Transitional Residency Program

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CORE Requirements

The CORE requirements consist of seven months of fundamental clinical skills rotations:

Ambulatory Care / Urgent Care (1 block)
Emergency Medicine (1 block)
Inpatient Family Medicine (1 block)
Internal Medicine (2 blocks)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1 block)
Selective (1 block)

The selective options include MICU, SICU, General Surgery, NICU, or one-on-one hospitalist medicine.

The remaining rotations can be set up in elective rotations that will satisfy and complement the incoming Transitional Year resident's educational needs and eventual residency/board certification requirements.

Sample Schedule



Interventional Neurology – Our neuro-interventionalists are a key part of Riverside's designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Residents receive great exposure to head and neck imaging, including a strong focus on the use of MRI in acute diagnosis and classification of chronic disease. Opportunities are available to participate in angiographic interventions. This rotation will strengthen your neuroanatomy and ability to correlate to clinical applications.

Dermatology – Residents going into Dermatology have the option of experiencing rotations in either private practice or at the Hampton Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. You will have the opportunity to work with dermatologists as well as trained Mohs surgeons. The rotation at the Hampton VAMC provides hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn from both a dermatologist as well as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, both of whom co-direct a Cutaneous Oncology Center at the VA.

Vascular Surgery – Our strong vascular surgery program offers a breadth of experience ranging from assisting with angiograms, gaining experience with minimally invasive procedures, reviewing vascular anatomy, participating in a variety of OR cases, and experience with managing the postoperative patient.

Radiation Oncology – This program actively works with residents in concepts of physics, radiology and cancer treatment. This rotation allows residents to explore a wide array of treatment modalities, including Gamma Knife and stereotactic radiosurgery. Residents will be involved in all aspects of treatment planning, from initial consult to contouring. Interns going into radiation oncology will be able to continue research projects during other elective blocks throughout the year. Radiation Oncology-bound TYs have the option to do SBRT electives. 

Orthopedics – This is an opportunity to review gross anatomy in the OR with simultaneous imaging correlation. Sports Medicine is a separate elective that focuses on the nonoperative component of MSK medicine.

Trauma Surgery – Riverside is a Level II trauma center that serves as a regional referral center for trauma. Residents work with our critical care-trauma surgeons responding to trauma codes and managing patients in our SICU.

Additional electives include Neurosurgery, Women's Health, EMS/Prehospital Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Palliative Care, Otolaryngology, Wound Care with Hyperbaric, Behavioral Economics, Heme-Onc./Med-Onc., and EM POCUS.

During rotations, expectations will vary with the specialty. At the end of the rotation, the resident should leave with a good understanding of the specialty and a respect for the capabilities of the field.