Transitional Year Residency Program

A Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Health Quest Transitional Year Residency Program.

Our Transitional Year residents work closely alongside residents in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology and Family Medicine programs. All residents complete standard core rotations in surgery, medicine and emergency medicine to develop broad medical knowledge and patient care skills. Each resident also participates in a scholarly research or quality improvement project. Additionally, each resident has the flexibility to personalize their schedule with elective rotations to prepare for desired advanced placement program.

We are proud of our commitment to medical education and offer our Transitional Year residents hands-on training in a productive, well-balanced learning environment. Wellness is a top priority, and our program is designed to prioritize an excellent educational and clinical experience while supporting a healthy working atmosphere. We believe in a collaborative approach that fosters collegiality within our program, and with our sponsoring and partner residency programs. Our dedicated faculty, from a variety of specialties, provide support and mentorship to our residents as they progress toward the next stages of their training.

Following their time in our program, residents go on to pursue training in anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Our program has a close partnership with the Anesthesiology Residency Program, with six of our 18 positions connected to their PGY2/CA-1 slots.

We hope you’ll consider joining us here in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley!

Sanjay Thomas, MD
Director, Health Quest Transitional Year Residency Program

Program Structure

The primary purpose of Transitional Year residency training is to provide residents with a well-balanced educational program covering multiple clinical disciplines. Training is designed to facilitate preparation for a specific specialty, including specialties requiring a year of fundamental clinical education as a prerequisite. This program is 12 months in length. The Transitional Year Residency Program functions under the sponsorship of the Health Quest General Surgery Residency Program, and in close affiliation with the Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program.

During Transitional Year residency training at Health Quest, each resident is expected to develop strong clinical skills in a program that emphasizes experience in multiple clinical disciplines; experience includes, at a minimum, 28 weeks in Fundamental Clinical Skills rotations. Residents must demonstrate proficiency in comprehensive patient evaluation, assessment and reporting skills. To be assigned progressive responsibility for the management of specific patients, residents must also develop differential diagnosis and test interpretation skills.

During Health Quest’s Transitional Year Residency Program, the Program Director will:

  • Adjust each resident’s schedule based on the requirements of the advanced standing program (PGY2) to which each Health Quest resident is matched.
  • Customize each resident’s block schedule, procedure requirements, and evaluation schedule to meet the requirements of the resident’s future specialty.
  • Ensure that unmatched residents receive a comparable opportunity to modify their training year, and discuss this modification with the resident, considering each individual’s educational and career goals and priorities.
  • Maintain contact with each appropriate PGY2 program director.
  • Send updated resident status and progress reports to the PGY2 program director at least twice annually, or as required by the PGY2 advanced standing ACGME RC requirements.
  • Transfer all required documents, summative evaluations and records to the advanced standing program within 60 days after the resident graduates from the Transitional Year Residency Program.

Residents rotate monthly through a diverse curriculum of general surgery and internal medicine rotations, and gain experience in emergency medicine, ambulatory care and at least three months of electives of their choice. Various elective options are provided to residents, including anesthesiology, neurology, research, surgery and surgery subspecialties, pulmonary medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology and any other rotation discussed and agreed upon in conjunction with the Transitional Year Residency Program Director.

Residents are also required to complete a month in ambulatory medicine and may choose between an internal medicine or general surgery ambulatory clinic. Resident training takes place at Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) in Poughkeepsie, NY, or Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH) in Rhinebeck, NY.

An example of one resident’s training in this program is shown below. This is only an example and may be adjusted by the Program Director to ensure adequate experience and ACGME compliance.

 

For more information on the Transitional Year Residency Program, download our Fast Facts sheet here.

Additional Program Offerings

Orientation – As a new Transitional Year resident, you will participate in new intern orientation during your first week in the program. This will help you adjust to residency life and provide you with an overview of programs, topics and required information. Non-patient care/medical knowledge curriculum topics are covered as well, including interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice and practice-based learning and improvements.

Academic Didactic Schedule

All Transitional Year residents are expected to participate in didactic and conference sessions for the specialties in which they rotate, as well as All-GME sessions and a monthly Transitional Year Didactic Session which is to be attended by residents in all rotation. Exceptions may be made with permission from the Program Director for residents completing an off-site elective rotation.

The monthly Transitional Year didactic session is facilitated by the Program Director and is attended by all Transitional Year residents. Sessions are hosted at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and serve as a regularly scheduled touch-point for all residents in the program to discuss their progress, challenges and goals. In addition, invited speakers present on topics relevant to Transitional Year residents, such as ”Adjusting to New Hospital Cultures” and “Multidisciplinary Teamwork in Diverse Settings.”

Below is an example of the Transitional Year lecture schedule:

 

Research Opportunities

The Transitional Year Residency Program requires that all residents participate in scholarly activity and ensures sufficient opportunity for research and academic participation is made available to all. On an annual basis, residents are provided with exposure to evidence-based medical research and review skills, methodologies and professional resources. Topics include the following:

  • Healthcare policy and administration
  • Critical analysis of medical literature
  • Use and utility of various statistical methodologies
  • Research structures and methodologies
  • Application of evidence-based medicine in practice
  • Leading quality, performance improvement and patient safety initiatives

During orientation, residents are given the research curriculum, which outlines the scholarly activity requirements for completion of the program:

  • Each resident must complete one form of scholarly activity under faculty member supervision, which may include:
    • Completing an abstract/poster
    • Initiating a team-based quality improvement (QI) project
    • Submitting or publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal
      • This scholarly activity may be the result of the required QI project, independent study or clinical case observation.

The Program Director meets quarterly with each resident to review the research requirements and the individual’s research progress. These reviews are focused on ensuring the resident is familiar with the requirements and is aware of the resources and support available to be successful.

Residents then each select a topic to be approved by the Program Director for a research project. Residents work with a faculty member (preferably their mentor) and other residents, if applicable, to design a study, receive proper Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, conduct the research project and develop a presentation or publication for submission to a relevant source (conference or journal). The assigned faculty member provides guidance during this process by evaluating and approving each step of the study.

Additionally, residents have access to Health Quest’s quality improvement and research departments for support in their scholarly pursuits. Scholarly activities and quality improvement initiatives at Health Quest are designed to help residents advance their knowledge in the principles of research and become competent in evidence-based medicine through self-directed assessment and learning. After completing research projects, residents present their findings at the Annual Resident Research Day sponsored by Health Quest, or at a local, regional or national conference. Residents may also submit their findings to a relevant peer-reviewed journal for publication considerations.

How to Apply

The Health Quest Transitional Year Residency Program thanks you for your interest in applying to our program. We accept all applications through ERAS only and participate annually in the NRMP Match Program.

If you wish to apply to our Anesthesiology Residency Program as an advance standing candidate, that information can be found here.

Requirements

The following items are required for consideration for an interview. All items must be received through the ERAS application portal:

  • Proof of U.S. medical school graduation
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • MSPE (Dean’s) letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Current CV

International Medical Graduates:
The Transitional Year Residency program accepts applications from foreign nationals who are holders of a Green Card (permanent resident) only.

Important Dates

We interview candidates on select dates in October, November, December and January. These dates are provided to select residency applications via ERAS invitation. Other important dates include:

  • Mid-September: NRMP registration opens
  • Early October: MSPE (Dean’s) letters released through NRMP
  • Late November: Standard registration deadline for applicants
  • Late February: Rank order list deadline
  • Mid-March: Match week
  • Mid-March: Email notification of “You’ve Matched”
  • Mid-March: MATCH DAY CELEBRATION

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Health Quest Transitional Year Residency Program! If you need more information, please contact us.

Where will I train?
The majority of training takes place at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, with some rotations occurring at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. The ambulatory clinic experience occurs at a Ambulatory Surgery Center or inpatient medicine clinics. Some specialty experiences and electives, if selected, may occur at any of these locations.

When is my application due?
Applications are due through ERAS on November 30.

How many residency positions are there?
We accept 18 residents each year. We want our community to be tight-knit, and all residents to feel they are an important part of the program, while providing an excellent educational experience. We accept only PGY1 positions. Six of those positions are pre-allocated for Health Quest Anesthesiology PGY2 positions.

When are the interviews?
Interviews take place on select dates in October, November, December and January. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified via ERAS.