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Transitional Year Internship

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Program Overview

The William Beaumont Army Medical Center Transitional Year Residency Program is an ACGME Accredited program that provides a dynamic clinical learning environment with diverse opportunities for education and patient care. It is a one-year program with a well-balanced curriculum of graduate medical education to prepare PGY-1 physicians for their next step, whether that is residency or operational medicine.

The Transitional Internship Program accepts 7-14 Residents per year. The program is designed to give the Transitional a broad educational base and, at the same time, meet the ACGME requirements for accreditation. Two weeks of leave/vacation time are allotted for interns. Also, every intern (except USUHS graduates) will go on TDY (usually 8 days) to successfully complete the C4 training (Combat Casualty Care Course-comprised of ATLS and Field Training) offered at Fort Sam Houston. There are 13 four-week rotations as follows:
  • Two General Medicine Ward
  • One Emergency Medicine
  • Two General Surgery (three for pre-select dermatology)
  • One Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • One Cardiology In-patient Service (except pre-select Dermatology)
  • One Orthopedic Surgery (except pre-select Dermatology)
  • One OB/GYN
  • One Ambulatory Medicine (Usually Family Practice)
  • 10 weeks elective (Traditional Interns)
  • 2 weeks selective chosen from core rotations (Traditional Interns)
  • Four electives for Preselect Dermatology
  • Given the opportunity to selective from dermatology, pathology, plastic surgery, infectious disease, rheumatology, and many others.
WBAMC’s Transitional Year Program includes three slots for preselected applicants. They are:
  • 2 PGY-1 Dermatology Slots
  • 1 PGY-1 Ophthalmology Slot
In addition to 11 “traditional” transitional slots per year.

The Department of Graduate Medical Education understands that you may have special interest in a certain field of training. We will always work with you in trying to modify your schedule, when possible, to better your training in your interested field and assist in any way possible with the match process. Unfortunately, “audition” rotations at other facilities are not authorized. One or two permissive TDYs will be granted, schedule permitting, to interview at other facilities. We only accept applicants with US Military Service Obligation. You may email the director at

Our program fulfils the educational needs of medical school graduates who:

  1. Have chosen a career specialty for which the categorical program in graduate medical education has, as a prerequisite, one year of fundamental clinical education which may also contain certain specific experiences for development of desired skills; or
  2. Have not yet made a career choice or specialty selection and desire a broad based year to assist them in making that decision; or
  3. Are planning to serve as military general medical officers, prior to completing a residency program; or
  4. Desire or need to acquire at least one year of fundamental clinical education prior to entering a career path that does not require broad clinical skill such as administrative medicine or non-clinical research.  
The WBAMC Transitional Year Residency Program curriculum is designed to ensure that all Transitional Year residents receive fundamental clinical education. The academic year is divided into 13 block rotations, with each rotation block lasting approximately 4 weeks. During each rotation, Transitional Year residents are required to participate in the total care of their patients and are evaluated based on ACGME Milestones.
Required Rotations: 
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • General Inpatient Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Cardiac Care Unit
  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedics Clinic
Elective Rotations
Residents can choose elective rotations based on their pre-selected specialty or specialty goals.  Available electives for the Transitional Year program include Anesthesia, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, PM&R, Rheumatology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Radiology, Pathology, Infectious Disease, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Nephrology, Urology, and Vascular Surgery. Any required rotation may be repeated once.
The Transitional Year curriculum also includes courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Combat Casualty Care, and other military unique curriculum. Residents participate in weekly didactic meetings that cover a range of educational topics, including patient safety, medical ethics, simulation exercises, military unique topics, and professional development. These presentations are done by the residents, program leadership, and other hospital physicians with varying specialties. Residents are also encouraged to participate in scholarly activities, conferences, and independent research opportunities within their specialty of choice during the year.

Interviews and Selection

For additional information or to arrange an interview, please contact the Transitional Year Program Coordinator at 915-742-0576.

Contact Us


TRICARE Nurse Advice Line:​


GME Administrative Branch

(915) 742-0581
DSN: 979-0581

GME Program Support Specialist

(915) 742-0580

GME Medical Student Coordinator

(915) 742-0582

Internal Medicine Residency Program Coordinator

(915) 742-0399

General Surgery Residency Program Coordinator

(915) 742-0730

Othopedic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator

(915) 742-0342

Transitional Year Program Coordinator

(915) 742-0576


8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MDT
Closed on Weekends & Federal Holidays

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William Beaumont Army Medical Center
East Clinic,
5th Floor, Room# E5109
18511 Highlander Medics St.
Fort Bliss, TX 79918

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