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Transitional Year

Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location: San Antonio, TX

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length: 1 year

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Medical School Graduate and completion of Step/Level 1 and 2

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: No

Total Approved Complement: 30

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: None

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 210-539-9594


Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program Description

The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Transitional Year Internship trains interns in a broad range of clinical experiences which serve to qualify them for state medical licensure and to proceed to either further residency training or assignment as general medical officers in the U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force. In addition to producing well-rounded interns, the program promotes military readiness and resilience. Our graduates must be ready to serve effectively as both military officers and physicians across the spectrum of clinical care in garrison and deployed.

Our next area of focus is medical readiness. As future physicians who graduate to general practice or myriad specialties, our graduates, through rotations in intensive care units, develop clinical knowledge and procedural competence with critically ill patients. Interns are educated in the challenges of running an inpatient service with polytrauma patients as they could experience in a contingency/deployed environment. General medical officers must care for diverse patient populations and be prepared for a broad range of patient complaints. We develop these skills through rotations in Gynecology, Ophthalmology, and Adolescent Medicine. Interns learn military-specific occupational medicine considerations in Army Troop Medicine or Air Force Flight Medicine clinics. As graduating interns assume leadership responsibility for the medical staff under their supervision and lead their patients through care decisions, they participate in a professionalism and military-unique curriculum throughout the internship year.

Finally, the program is focused on delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. Through an emphasis on quality improvement and patient safety, interns are engaged in Problem Based Learning and Improvement and deliver a professional Morbidity and Mortality presentation to the class.

The Transitional Year is designed to fulfill 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 (this education may also contain certain specific experiences for development of desired skills).
  2. Desire a broad-based year to assist them in making a career choice or specialty selection decision.
  3. Are planning to serve in public health organizations or on active duty in the military as general medical officers or primary flight/undersea medicine physicians.
  4. Desire or need to acquire at least one year of fundamental clinical education before entering administrative medicine or non-clinical research.

Mission, Vision and Aims

Curriculum and Schedules

Scholarly and Professional Development Opportunities

Participating Sites

Applicant Information, Rotation and Interview Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

Faculty and Mentorship


Contact Us

Transitional Year Residency Program

Location: Brooke Army Medical Center, Lower Level – Room L18-2

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 210-539-9594

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