Transitional Year

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our Transitional Year Residency Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our program is uniquely designed to give you a wonderful learning experience during your time with us.

The Transitional Year Residency Program is a one-year training experience that allows residents to fulfill the clinical prerequisite for specialty training. Career paths are varied, with many residents entering specialties that include anesthesiology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Some other residents have made prior public health or armed forces commitments, while some have not decided on a specialty track and seek a general year to increase their exposure to clinical medicine.

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners is the sponsoring institution for all graduate medical education/residency programs in the city. Spectrum Health Butterworth & Blodgett campuses and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Health Care are the teaching sites for all of the residents.

The Transitional Year Residency Program has Continued Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Goals & Philosophies

  • Broad-based general medicine/surgery training in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings
  • Direct and primary clinical responsibilities on all services. Excellent balance between didactic education and clinical responsibility

Program Highlights

  • Customize, flexible curriculum with choice of 4 electives, including research
  • Hands on experience, integrated technology, collegial environment, and structured didactics
  • Patient diversity

Diversity and Resident Wellness

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a healthy work environment which promotes wellness and a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive .  Please visit the Spectrum Health Resident Wellness page and the Spectrum Health Diversity page to learn more.

Ready to Apply?

All applications are accepted through ERAS. Please see the For Applicants section of your preferred program for additional details.

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