Transitional Curriculum


  1. Core clinical clerkships: five months of General Medicine, ICU and/or Surgery rotations, one month Ambulatory Medicine, and one month of night float
  2. Emergency Medicine: one month in Methodist University Hospital ER
  3. Electives: four months

Call Schedule

  • No more than three night shifts per month on Electives
  • No additional call while on ER rotations

Work Regulations

  • One in seven days off, which must average over the month
  • No more than an 80 hour workweek
  • No more than 16 hours continuous call


  • Faculty and program: each resident gives a written, confidential evaluation at the end of a rotation
  • Residents: attending physicians evaluate residents at the end of each rotation and share it with the resident and his or her peers; mid-month evaluations are made by faculty; the program director reviews resident performance at month's end; formal evaluation is made at the end of three months
  • Peer: confidential evaluation of fellow residents
  • Resident completes annual evaluation (report card)

The institutional coordinating committee reviews evaluations of the Transitional Residency program.


  • Internal Medicine Rotations: Goals and curriculum of internal medicine and internal medicine electives can be found here.
  • Surgery Rotations: Goals and curriculum of surgery rotations can be found here.
  • Other rotations: Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation (Health South) (PMR), Radiology and Sports Medicine


Integrated with the Internal Medicine Residency Program, the Bioethics curriculum involves formal ethics lectures, given on a monthly basis. Ethics are also discussed during core curriculum lectures.

Medicolegal Issues
Medicolegal aspects of patient care are a major focus throughout the year. During orientation, residents meet with our hospital attorney concerning these issues. Topics are covered in core curriculum lectures and during inpatient and outpatient rotation.

Preventive Medicine
Preventive medicine is an important part of our residency program. Residents gain invaluable outpatient experience about immunization and screening procedures during Ambulatory Care and service rotations.

Conferences are an integral part of transitional year education. Residents are required to attend conferences based on their rotation. The program coordinator keeps record of resident attendance at morning reports, noon conferences, core curriculum lectures and other required conferences.

Conflict Resolution
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and, therefore, we emphasize conflict resolution. Acting as mediator, the program director helps residents resolve whatever issue they might have.

Research is highly encouraged and demonstrated. Residents gain experience critiquing research literature during monthly Journal Club meetings. They are also encouraged to get involved with case presentations at various local and national meetings.

Medical Records
Responsibility for communication between the referring physician and the institution rests with the resident and the attending physician. Residents should keep the referring physician and the patient's family up-to-date on patient progress.

For more curriculum information, please refer to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Web site.