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Transitional Year Resident Wellness
The Womack TY program and institution educates residents and faculty members on the professional responsibilities of physicians to appear for duty appropriately rested and fit to provide services required by their patients. The TY program is committed to promoting patient safety and resident well-being in a supportive educational environment.

Stress, Burnout and Safety

The transitional year is stressful for several reasons. First, like any first year resident, you now have more responsibility than you did as a student. As a transitional year resident, you also rotate to a new service every month with another steep learning curve.

  1. Remember – you are never alone.
    There will always be an upper level resident or faculty to help you make decisions and take care of your patients. The other services appreciate the transitional residents rotating on their services.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
    It is much better to ask a question than to do something wrong. Don’t expect to know everything that the categorical interns know. You will have more breath of knowledge that you gain from rotating through many specialties; they will have more specific knowledge of their specialty.

  3. You will be well-prepared for your step 3 exam by doing a transitional year.

  4. Get to know the other TY residents and their families and try to do things as a group outside the hospital to develop camaraderie.

  5. We also have a number of mentors available to assist you during the year.

  6. Be good to yourself, your families, and your friends.

  7. Stay fit, do things that help you relieve stress whether sleeping, running, playing sports, or taking leave to spend extra time with your spouse, kids and friends. Single residents also need to find time for friends and family that may live further away. Stay engaged. Don’t let yourself become lonely.

  8. Your program director is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or pager to answer questions, help resolve conflicts, and support you.

Please refer to the TY handbook for specific instructions regarding the Resident Well-Being.