Transitional Internship

Differences between VMC's Transitional and Preliminary Year



​Goal Career

Radiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Anesthesia, Dermatology, PM&R, Radiation Oncology

​Same as Transitional

​Core Rotations

7-8 blocks of Inpatient

  • Medicine (Night Float +/- ICU)
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN

1 Block of ED

​7-8 blocks of Medicine Wards/ ICU.

ED if needed or desired

Non VMC Medicine Rotation

​VA prioritized over SUH but possible for both

​Same as transitional


2 Blocks

  • Can potentially be anything but need approval from PD at start of year.
  • Max 4 weeks away, max 4 weeks research

~4 blocks of Medicine Subspecialty Electives.
Research is possible

Ambulatory Clinic

1 month of Surgery, Medicine Subspecialty or Pediatrics

​None (except for Stanford Neurology matches)


​PD - Shally Garg

​PD – David Jacobson
APD – Connie Lo
APD – Brian Sun
APD – David Lin

1 block = 4 weeks 

Transitional year has flexibility for non medicine elective choice and core rotations include: OB/Surg/Peds which are not included in the prelim year. 

Prelim year curriculum gives strong medicine foundation as it is the only internal medicine training you will receive before becoming an attending. ​