Transitional Year


Internal Medicine Rotation
The PGY-1 Transitional Resident's Internal Medicine rotation is for a 2.5 month period. This curriculum will be a basis for teaching internal medicine precepts to the PGY-1 Transitional Residents. It is written to comply with the requirements of the RRC under the guidance of educators with the advice and consent of the residents.

Having completed this curriculum, the resident will have developed skills in managing in-patients with a myriad of common and uncommon medical conditions which are found on this service. They will be proficient for their level of training in evaluating, managing and follow-up of these diseases.

General Surgery Rotation
The PGY-1 Transitional Resident rotation is 2 month rotation on the General Surgery rotation divided into two 1 month blocks. There are five General Surgery teams with one General Surgery staff attending. There are two or three General Surgery supervising residents per team. There are two PGY-1 Residents per team. PGY-1 Transitional Residents and Family Medicine Residents are equally assigned the General Surgery Service.

Emergency Medicine Rotation
The PGY-1 Transitional Resident rotation is 2 months rotation in the Emergency Medicine areas of surgery and medicine (Emergency Medicine). The PGY-1 Transitional Resident will see patients in all areas of the Emergency Department. This includes trauma, major and minor medicine, suture, etc. for evaluation and initial management. The PGY-1 Transitional Resident should expect to be included in the entire patient's cycle through the ED whenever possible.

Pediatrics Rotation
The PGY-1 Transitional Resident's rotation in the Department of Pediatrics is for a period of two months. The PGY-1 Transitional Resident rotates on the Pediatric Clinic, Newborn Nursery, and Labor & Delivery for stabilization of the newborn. All PGY-1 Transitional Residents complete their NRP Certification during the Pediatric rotation. The rotation is alongside FM interns and 2nd year residents

Family Medicine Rotation
This curriculum is designed to cover a wide variety of knowledge and skills that are crucial to the PGY-1 Transitional Resident taking the Family Medicine Rotation. This curriculum emphasizes aspects of patient care that are often overlooked on traditional specialty-based block rotations. Many of the inherent strengths of family medicine are highlighted in this curriculum, including behavioral medicine and psychiatry, sports medicine, endoscopy, commonly performed procedures, inpatient medicine, evidence-based medicine and community medicine.

Selective Rotation
Each resident can choose from a month selective rotation from the following:
  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics

Elective Rotation
Residents choose two electives. Each elective is one month in length. Electives could be in an area offering fundamental clinical skills or in subspecialty areas. One elective may be taken at a teaching facility outside JPS, but within the State of Texas with approval of the program director. If a resident wishes an elective that is not listed, every effort will be made to accommodate the request. Electives are offered in the following:

Internal Medicine
  • AIDS
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Disease
  • In-patient Service
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary
  • Renal/Metabolic

Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Pain Control
  • Sports Medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Perinatology
  • Special Procedures

Radiation Oncology

  • General Pediatrics
  • Neonatology
General Surgery
  • In-patient Service
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Surgical Subspecialty
    • ENT
    • Urology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Plastic Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Orthopaedics Service
    • Orthopaedics Service
    • Physical Medicine Rehabilitation


  • General Radiology
  • Neuroradiology

*Transitional residents who have matched in an advanced radiology residency can only take a radiology elective within an approved ACGME residency program. The JPS Radiology Program is not an approved ACGME program.