Transitional Residency

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The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Transitional program is structured to give residents broad exposure to the basic areas of medicine to provide fundamental skills training. Transitional residents rotate through internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology or psychiatry, and specialties of the residents' choice.

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin Transitional Year Program is structured to give residents broad exposure to the basic areas of medicine to provide fundamental skills training. The popular and competitive ACGME accredited program has been in existence since 1983 and is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

The Transitional Program is a one-year residency designed for medical school graduates who have chosen a specialty that requires a general residency internship as a prerequisite. The program is housed at the new major teaching hospital for the Dell Medical School at UT Austin which opened in May 2017.   At Dell Seton Medical Center at UT Austin, residents care for a diverse group of patients under the watchful eye of attending physicians and senior residents.

Residents also rotate through Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Residents in the Transitional Program have already matched to specialty training programs in Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Ophthalmology, and /or Radiation Oncology when they match into the program.

General Information

  • This is an ACGME accredited program.
  • Six residents are admitted each year for the one year Transitional Residency Training Program
  • The program receives about 900 applicants to the program and interviews about 75 candidates each year from across the country.
  • Over the last 5 years the program has matched within its top 20 choices or better.
  • The program consists of 13 block rotations each lasting 4 weeks. The rotations may change slightly from year to year but will be similar to the following list:
  • Internal Medicine Wards (2.5 blocks)
  • Internal Medicine Clinics (1 block)
  • Pediatric Wards (1 blocks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1 block)
  • Surgery (1 block Trauma Service and one block Surgical ICU)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 block)
  •  Neurology or Psychiatry (1 block)
  • Electives (2.5  blocks includes one required research elective block)
  • All rotations occur in Austin, TX at the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT Austin and at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas as well as at a variety of private physicians' offices.  
  • Residents can request to do away electives but this must be approved by the Program Director and the Dell Medical School GME office.

The principle goal of UT Austin Dell Medical School Transitional Year Residency Program is to provide a well-balanced program of graduate medical education in multiple clinical disciplines designed to facilitate the choice of and/or preparation for a specific specialty. As such it has three primary goals for residents:

  • The TY resident should have grounding in basic medicine so that the resident has knowledge and experience in providing basic medicine to a variety of patients. In the case, that the resident chooses to do general practice medicine the resident could function in this capacity.
  • The TY resident should have knowledge about critical situations and what should be done to manage those situations. This education should include cardiac and respiratory emergencies plus fluid and nutritional requirements.
  • The transitional year allows the resident to gain perspective about the specialty they have chosen and its various subspecialties. The resident should have an idea of the various specialty divisions and be able to decide whether they wish to enter into subspecialty training.