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Transitional Year FAQs

How do I apply for your program?

Applications are accepted beginning September 15 for the July 2017 class. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Our program accepts only electronic applications through ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service). The required documents are the same as ERAS (at least two letters of recommendation, the Dean's letter/MSPE, formal transcripts, USMLE/COMLEX transcripts, and a personal statement). All applicants must register with the NRMP (the Match). International graduates must obtain ECFMG certification prior to beginning residency.

Do you have USMLE minimum score requirements for Step 1 and Step 2?

Applicants must have passed USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 and have taken both components of Step 2 or the have passed COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) Level 1 and have taken both components of Level 2.

What is the size of the program?

The Transitional Year Residency Program has 12 residents each year.

What is the hospital size and patient demographics?

We are a 301-bed acute care hospital with a variety of ages, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic status. Our patient demographics are broad and have all ages and ranges from children to young active families, and also active retirees. The wide spectrum of patients and pathology offer an excellent learning environment. Myrtle Beach and the greater Grand Strand area are among the fastest growing regions in the country, and the everexpanding need for healthcare services in the area ensures continuous learning opportunities in a variety of disciplines for residents during their training at our institution.

What is the conference schedule like?

The Transitional Year conference schedule draw upon the strengths of the didactic components of the Internal Medicine and General Surgery residencies at Grand Strand Medical Center. We have Clinical Case Conferences, Resident-Driven Lecture Series, Monthly Grand Rounds, Morbidity/Mortality/Improvement Conferences, Board Reviews, Journal Club and Ambulatory Conferences occurring in both the Internal Medicine and General Surgery Programs. Transitional Year residents are given the opportunity to present at didactic conferences throughout the year and are expected to play an active role in the didactic curriculum throughout the course of their year.

What are the programs start and end dates?

The official start date is July 1, 2017. Transitional year will end on June 30, 2018. Mandatory hospital-wide and program-specific orientation sessions will take place during the last week of June 2017.

Will Transitional residents be involved in scholarly activity?

Transitional Year residents will participate in team based (4-6 residents) quality improvement (QI) projects focusing on patient safety and/or enhancing medical education. They will also be required to submit an abstract/poster at a local or national meeting, or submit/publish in a peer reviewed journal during the course of the academic year. This submission can be a result of the required QI project or the result of an independent study or clinical case observation. Guidance is provided from the Program Director and other members of the faculty to residents looking to deepen their scholarly activity experience. All Transitional Year residents will also present one evidence-based case conference to his or her peers during the course of the intern year.

Does the program offer reimbursement for educations materials/activities/conferences?

Residents have an annual stipend for education activities and attendance at scientific meetings or conferences to present their work.

Do you accept Visas?

We accept J-1 Visas on a case by case basis. We do not accept H-1 Visas.

What is unique about the program?

The program emphasizes interactive small group teaching, prioritizes one-on-one interaction with experienced physicians, promotes excellent camaraderie and professionalism, and respects work-life balance. We are one of only 3 Transitional Year residencies in the state of South Carolina, and we strive to maintain a unique, dynamic presence in contributing to the local healthcare infrastructure.

Our training program has exposure to high volumes of medical and surgical patients at one of the busiest hospitals in the area, providing broad exposure to both common and uncommon pathology. Grand Strand Medical Center is home to one of the busiest Trauma Centers in the state and is a center of stroke and cardiovascular excellence, highlighting both Medical and Surgical breadth and depth for resident exposure.

Our residents are an important part of the medical culture and are integrated in other aspects including hospital wide quality improvement and research opportunities. Transitional Year residents are able to have their voice heard through active participation in both GME- and hospital-wide committees. Finally, Transitional Year residents have the ability to work with and teach medical students during several of their rotations at Grand Strand Medical Center, affording an early opportunity to develop medical education skills to last them throughout their careers.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Caroline Diez with any questions.