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Message from the transitional year program director

MarryAnn Verardi, MD
MaryAnn Verardi, MD
Transitional Year Medical
Education Program Director

Welcome to the transitional year information page at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO). The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 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 transitional year is not meant to be a complete graduate education program in preparation for the practice of medicine. The transitional year is designed to fulfill the educational needs of medical school graduates who require a prerequisite year of fundamental clinical education in preparation for future medical endeavors.

The internal medicine and radiology residency programs at SJMO sponsor the transitional year. The transitional year education committee is responsible for administrating the transitional year program and has representation by a transitional year resident.

The transitional year faculty represents individuals from all fields of medicine including surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine and all available subspecialties. The program evaluates its residents in the six general competencies of: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Program structure
The duration of the transitional year program is one year (12 months). At least 24 weeks must be completed in a discipline that offers fundamental clinical skills, that is, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery. All rotations are a minimum of four weeks. Each resident must have no fewer than eight weeks of electives with a maximum eight weeks designated for nonclinical patient care. All transitional year residents will have at least a four-week (minimum 140 hours) rotation in emergency medicine and at least 140 hours of documented experience in ambulatory care. Below is a typical rotation block diagram for the transitional year.

Enclosure of block diagram—Sample draft

July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June

Academic conferences
All disciplines participating in the transitional year provide planned educational experiences for residents including: morbidity and mortality conferences, journal review, seminars, grand rounds and specialty presentations.

The transitional year program at SJMO follows and conforms to all ACGME program requirements regarding work hours and scheduled time off. For further information on the transitional year medical education program, please call 248-858-6233.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1 before the interview.
  • Applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 before the beginning of the program.
  • Preference will be given to first time takers of the USMLE.
  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the past 3 years and have clinical experience over the past 2 years.
  • Three letters of reference from a US, Canadian or British equivalent clinical rotation. Personal references are not acceptable in place of clinical references.
  • Deans letter and full medical school transcripts are required.
  • Applicants must be able to possess a full and unrestricted educational license at a minimum to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
  • Applicants are only accepted through the ERAS/NRMP match.
  • Accept Citizenship, Green Card, Permanent Resident, EAD and J1 Visa only - No H Visas are accepted.
  • If the applicant is applying through the 5th Pathway, they must show documentation of matriculation from an LCME accredited school.
  • Application deadline: November 1st.

Please note: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or have a work authorization card or a J1 visa.