Residency is an essential dimension of the transformation of the medical student to the independent practitioner along the continuum of medical education. It is physically, emotionally, and intellectually demanding, and requires longitudinally-concentrated effort on the part of the resident.
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, including specialties requiring a year of fundamental clinical education as a prerequisite. Transitional Year (TY) programs also provide clinical education for those medical school graduates 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 those who desire or need to acquire at least one year of fundamental clinical education before entering administrative medicine or non-clinical research.
The WAMC Transitional Year Program and Director comply with the criteria for resident eligibility as specified in the Womack Graduate Medical Education Institutional Resident Guidelines and U.S. Army standards. All residents are members of the U.S. Army.
There are no civilian trainees.
Number of Residents
The WAMC TY program is approved to accept up to 6 residents each year. The program’s educational resources are adequate to support this number of residents each year.
The Womack TY program does not accept resident transfers from other programs once the academic year begins.
Appointment of Fellows and Other Learners
The presence of other learners in the program (i.e. categorical trainees from specialty and fundamental clinical skills rotations) do not interfere with the education of TY residents.