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Transitional medicine?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrBlueDevil, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. DrBlueDevil

    10+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2001
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    What exactly is transitional medicine?

    From what I can gather, it's sort of like your last 2 years of med school....you get more experience in more fields until you decide what it is you want to do. Is this right? If you know, please let me know!!

  2. katiep

    katiep Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2001
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    Quoting from the Medical Education newsgroup's FAQ:

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    7.2a) What is an internship?

    In the old days, all physician completed a one year "rotating
    internship" after graduating from medical school. Such an
    internship consisted of all the major subdivisions of medical
    practice: Internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology,
    etc. The idea was to provide a broad spectrum of training to allow
    the new physician to work in the community as a "general

    Today, the closest thing we have to the rotating internships of old
    is the "transitional year," also completed after graduating from
    medical school. For a few specialties, a year of post-gradute
    training is required before beginning a residency in that field.
    Many who want to go into these fields fill that requirement with a
    transitional year. Fields that require a year before beginning
    residency include radiology, neurology, anesthesiology, and

    In the current lingo, the first year of post-graduate training is
    called "internship," and any medical school graduate in the first
    year of post-graduate training is called an "intern" regardless of
    what that first year of training consists. Most specialties do not
    require a transitional year, but instead accept medical school
    graduates straight out of medical school.

    7.2b) What is a "preliminary" year? A "categorical" year?

    An alternative to the transitional year for some is the "preliminary
    year." Preliminary years come in two flavors, internal medicine and
    surgery. Each of these preliminary years somewhat resembles the
    rotating internships of old, but with a focus on either internal
    medicine or surgery. Those programs that require a year of
    post-graduate education before beginning residency may accept either
    a transitional year or a preliminary year. Obviously, surgical
    residencies will require that you do a preliminary surgery year
    while some other specialties will prefer a preliminary medicine

    The other reason that a new M.D. would go into a preliminary year or
    transitional year would be because he didn't match into the
    specialty of his choice. The hopeful applicant then takes a
    preliminary or transitional year in the hopes of improving his
    chances and qualifications for the next year's residency match.

    The term "categorical" is used largely to distinguish between the
    interns who are doing a preiminary year and those who are already
    accepted into the residency program. For instance, a general
    surgery program may have 6 interns every year, but two of them may
    doing surgery as a preliminary year. Those positions that are
    already accepted into the whole surgical residency program are
    called "categorical."
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