Transitional Year CurriculumOur goal is to provide you with a broad spectrum of experiences. You’ll get a solid foundation of basic skills, but our program also  gives you unique flexibility. It lets you explore options you choose – not those established by us. You can even change your schedule throughout the year to meet your objectives.

Required rotations

  • Hildreth Teaching Medical Service (three months) – This service offers an incredible spectrum of patient problems and excellent autonomy, with a strong team focus. You will be working with medical students, upper year medical resident, chief resident and full-time faculty member.
  • Emergency Department (one month) – Train in the busiest Emergency Department in Pennsylvania; in addition to experiencing the excitement of acute evaluation and triage, core teaching days allow important didactics and case-based learning.
  • Intensive Care (one month) - Acquire critical skills in the evaluation and management of acutely ill patients from superb on-site intensivists.
  • Night Float - Learn to quickly assess acuity of illness; work with hospitalists, ICU nurses, and respiratory therapists on the rapid response team.
  • Ambulatory Block - Opportunity to choose from a broad spectrum of ambulatory medicine and surgery experiences.

The remainder of the “core skills” required by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) may occur in a number of areas including General Inpatient Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Critical Care. Choice from among these areas is based upon individual learning goals and future need.

Electives in all fields of medicine and surgery are available at Reading Hospital. Some perennial favorites include Neurocritical Care, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Ocular Pathology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Dermatology Pathology and Anesthesia with Pre-Operative Consult Medicine. There are innovative curriculums such as point of care ultrasound and Medical Administration.

Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, ID, & Cardiology

Research blocks may be arranged. Skill development based upon future needs can include:

  • Ventilator management, Basic intubation, Central line placement (for Anesthesiology)
  • Cross-sectional anatomy (for Radiation Oncology/Radiology)
  • Indirect Opthalmoscopy and Neuro-MRI interpretation (for Opthalmology)
  • Arthrocentesis, Basic EMG interpretation (for PMR)

All of our rotations have a strong focus upon the Ethics of Caring, including an active Street Medicine program for the homeless, which is important for optimal doctor/patient relationships and career satisfaction. The Transitional Year program is designed so that you will be fully integrated with your categorical resident colleagues while you are doing your residency at the Reading Hospital.