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Welcome from Shally Garg, MD

The Transitional Internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) is both rewarding and educational.  The program has been dedicated to providing the finest clinical training by developing a curriculum that embodies all aspects of medicine.  As a major teaching affiliate for Stanford University School of Medicine, SCVMC serves as the “safety net” for the medically underserved of Santa Clara County. Fortunately, our health and hospital system has state-of-the-art facilities and accomplished clinician-educators who provide the highest quality medical care to our patients and are dedicated to the educational goals of our house-officers. Past transitional interns have been drawn by the hospital’s Mission Statement “…to provide the best care possible to the residents of Santa Clara County regardless of ability to pay…”. Each class consists of 16 interns with the Department of Medicine serving as the Internship’s major clinical and administrative sponsor. Thus, our interns are made to feel at home in the Department of Medicine and historically have viewed themselves as Medicine house-officers.

Our program offers a wide array of ACGME-accredited fundamental clinical experiences including adult inpatient medicine wards, critical care medicine, pediatric wards/PICU, general surgery, obstetrics, emergency medicine, and ambulatory medicine (internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics). Based on the classic “rotating” internships of the past, our program provides our interns with a well-rounded curriculum that will make them capable and competent to care for any patient from their initial ED visit, through their inpatient hospitalization and on to their hospital discharge and follow-up outpatient visit.  For those interns looking for a more focused experience, the program does allow and encourages interns to individualize their training experience by trading their fundamental clinical months amongst themselves. In addition, transitional interns have tremendous flexibility to choose rotations during their electives months. Interns have used the opportunity to rotate within medical and surgical subspecialties, while many others have chosen to rotate through the Coroner’s office, Radiology, or continue ongoing research projects.  We are proud of the fact that many of our interns have published research during their internship.  Finally, the broad exposure during this internship year provides outstanding preparation for any PGY-2 residency. Our transitional interns have come from top medical schools and have gone on to outstanding residency programs nationwide (see table​).

As one of the main teaching hospitals for Stanford University School of Medicine, our transitional interns have numerous opportunities to work with Stanford medical students, residents, and fellows. The program expects and actively recruits house-officers with a keen interest in medical education. As an example, many of our past graduates have returned to SCVMC as attending staff in various subspecialties largely for the opportunity to interact with and teach residents.

Our Transitional Internship offers 16 positions through the Match. Up to four of those positions are linked to the Stanford Anesthesiology residency as a Joint Advanced/Transitional Year Program (NRMP Program Code 1820999P0). The other 12 slots are open to applicants from all advanced specialties (NRMP Program Code 1063999P0). Applicants applying to Stanford Anesthesia can apply to both program codes.

We participate in the ERAS and the deadline for applications is December 1st.

For more information about the program contact Miranda So, program coordinator at 408-885-6305.​ 

For Verification of Training requests contact Amy Luu at [email protected].​