Residency Program

Transitional Year Educational Goals

Educational Goals

During training, under the direct supervision of an attending physician, the trainee will attain a level of competence that will qualify them to enter a residency program of their choice. Satisfactory levels of accomplishment must be demonstrated in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective aspects of patient management. Upon satisfactory completion of the Transitional Year at our institution, the trainee should by the end of the year:


  • Gather essential and accurate information about their patients including a comprehensive and appropriate medical history
  • Integrate and apply available clinical data to identify, define, prioritize, and assess a patient’s problems, including development of a differential diagnosis.
  • Make appropriate use of diagnostic studies and tests.
  • Develop, negotiate and implement effective patient management plans with guidance from supervisory residents and faculty.
  • Understand indications, techniques, risks and benefits, and proper patient education regarding performance of common medical and invasive procedures, as well as the appropriate psychomotor skills to competently assist with or perform these procedures under appropriate supervision.
  • Develop clinically applicable knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences that underlie the practice of medicine using an open-minded and analytical approach.
  • Apply this knowledge to clinical problem-solving, clinical decision-making and critical thinking.
  • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in their knowledge and expertise.
  • Set learning and improvement goals.
  • Identify and perform appropriate learning activities.
  • Systematically analyze their practice, using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement.
  • Incorporate formative evaluation feedback into daily practice.
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems.
  • Use information technology to optimize learning.
  • Participate in the education of patients, families, students, residents and other health professionals.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals, and health related agencies.
  • Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.
  • Maintain comprehensive, timely, and legible medical records, as appropriate.
  • To act in a consultative role to other physicians and health professionals.
  • Displays qualities of compassion, integrity and respect for others.
  • Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest.
  • Respect for patient privacy and autonomy.
  • Accountability to patients, society and the profession.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation.
  • Adhere to principles of confidentiality, scientific/academic integrity, and informed consent.
  • Timely participation in all required educational and administrative activities.
  • Work effectively in various health care delivery settings and systems.
  • Coordination of patient care within the health care system.
  • Incorporation of considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and/or population-based care, as appropriate.
  • Advocacy for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems.
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality.
  • Participate in identifying system errors and in implementing potential systems solutions.