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David Grant USAF Medical Center - Transitonal Year Program

The transitional internship at David Grant USAF Medical Center is an exciting, flexible, and broad-based clinical experience. It is a 12-month program with four interns selected per year from a very competitive group of applicants. It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The transitional internship is designed to fulfill the educational goals of medical school graduates with the following needs:

A. Medical school graduates who are planning to serve one or more operational tours as an Air Force Flight Surgeon or General Medical Officer prior to completing a residency.

B. Medical school graduates who have chosen a career specialty which requires one year of broad-based education prior to entering a residency program in fields such as anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pathology, radiation oncology, or radiology, or who plan to do a Residency in Aerospace Medicine.

C. Medical school graduates who have not yet decided on a specialty and desire a broad-based curriculum with the ability to explore a few electives in order to assist them in making that decision.

The curriculum for the transitional interns at DGMC is designed to meet all the guidelines of the ACGME, with an orientation towards the outpatient setting, but with the flexibility to experience more inpatient settings based on the goals of the individual intern.

The curriculum is divided into 13 rotations averaging four weeks each. Six months have some type of call responsibility:

Inpatient Internal Medicine - Two Months
Outpatient Internal Medicine - One Month
|Outpatient Family Medicine - Two Months
Pediatrics at UC Davis - One Month
Gynecology - One Month
Radiology - One Month
Emergency Medicine at UC Davis - One Month
General Surgery Ward - One Month
Electives Months - Three Months

The individual intern, in coordination with the program director, chooses electives based on his or her need to enhance the clinical experience and his or her long-range career goals. Electives often chosen at DGMC include a wide variety of the medicine and surgical subspecialties as well as anesthesiology, dermatology, flight medicine, family practice, hyperbaric medicine, orthopedics, pathology and radiology. With special planning and approval a single elective may be able to be done at an outside military or civilian ACGME approved facility.

In addition to the above curriculum, the transitional intern will complete a year-long Military Unique Curriculum which includes a monthly lecture series, periodic military training modules, and - potentially - an eight-day Combat Care Casualty Course (C4) in San Antonio Texas. Each intern is allowed three weeks of leave per year that can be taken on any of the outpatient rotations except for the UCD-ER.

The educational opportunities provided to the transitional interns are equitable to other interns throughout the facility. They attend all relevant departmental conferences, rounds and lectures. Didactics are weekly on Tuesday afternoon with noon and morning conferences available.
Contact Information:
Transitional Year Internship Director
David Grant USAF Medical Center
101 Bodin Circle - Bldg. 777
Travis AFB, CA 94535-1800

Director, Transitional Residency
Phone: (707) 423-3735
DSN: 799-3735
Fax: (707) 423-3501