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Positions available: 8

Our transitional year program provides a well-balanced clinical year in multiple disciplines. The program is designed for physicians with a program for the PGY-2 year, a government service commitment, or uncertain career goals.

The year is designed to conform to the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). A written, competency-based curriculum defines the goals and objectives of every rotation. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with these essentials and to discuss any points or questions with the Program Director, faculty, and house staff.

The core rotations of the curriculum require twenty-eight weeks on rotations with senior resident contact. These rotations are Inpatient Services for Medicine, Surgery and ICU. Four (4) weeks are required on the ICU. Eight (8) weeks are required on Medicine and Surgery with the remaining 8 weeks of Medicine/Surgery developed by the interests of the resident.

A typical (modifiable) Transitional Year includes:

  • 26 weeks – Inpatient Medicine and Inpatient Surgery (includes 2 weeks of Medicine Night Float and 2 weeks of Surgery Night Float)
  • 4 weeks – Medical ICU
  • 4 weeks – Outpatient Clinic (in the Surgical Outpatient Dept or the Internal Medicine Prime Care Clinic)
  • 4 weeks – Emergency Medicine
  • 10 weeks – Elective rotations (including away rotations and research)
  • 4 weeks – Vacation

Modification of this schedule is achieved after Match Day, depending on the needs of the resident. Available electives include various outpatient experiences, a variety of medical and surgical subspecialties and OB/GYN, Pediatrics, or Psychiatry.

The flexibility of the curriculum allows the first-year resident to learn to be responsible for the primary management of the patients, which is the cornerstone of the teaching programs at Bassett Healthcare Network. The progress of each resident is monitored by the Program Director. The Transitional Year resident without a planned PGY-2 or beyond will be assisted by the Program Director to secure an appropriate program. Possibilities include top-flight programs around the country as well as Internal Medicine at Bassett.

Bassett-Johns Hopkins Joint Transitional Year Preventive Medicine Residency
NRMP #1442999P1
Positions available: 1

Bassett Medical Center

  • Erik Riesenfeld, MD, Transitional Year Residency Program Director
  • Anne Gadomski, MD, Scientific Director

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Clarence Lam, MD, Director of Residency Program

The Preventive Medicine specialist requires a broad background in clinical medicine (at least 1 year) as well as specialized training and experience in Preventive Medicine (2 years). A joint program between Bassett Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides the strongest possible training opportunity in both clinical and preventive medicine, taking advantage of the tradition of academic clinical care at Bassett Medical Center and the excellent didactic and research resources at Johns Hopkins. 

The first-year program consists of a transitional year at Bassett as described above, which is supplemented by experience in clinical preventive medicine. The second year consists of course work leading to the Master's in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The third year consists of rotations in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins. The goal is to provide the prospective medical practitioner with clinical and theoretical skills to increase their effectiveness within the burgeoning field of preventive medicine.

Why choose a transitional year at Bassett Medical Center?

Bassett is a unique rural health delivery network, nationally recognized as a model of integrated healthcare. The goals of the institution are threefold:

  • To provide primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services to a widely dispersed population
  • To provide residents and medical students with experiential, hands-on management of patients and exposure to medical issues covering the full spectrum of contemporary medical care in an inquisitive and supportive setting
  • To further expand medical knowledge through the internationally recognized Bassett Research Institute

By integrating these endeavors, our approach to patient care is comprehensive and progressive.

Program Highlights:

  • Under the guidance of our full-time faculty, you will be the physician responsible for the well-being of a wide range of patients.
  • Training within a progressive-model healthcare system, serving 5,600 square miles and providing close to 1 million patient encounters per year.
  • There is a 3:1 faculty-to-resident ratio.
  • The flexibility to tailor a curriculum to satisfy individual needs.
  • You will care for a wide spectrum of patients with varied pathology.
  • By the end of the year, you can expect to have the competence and confidence of a well-rounded physician.
  • The career track record following the Bassett Transitional Year is outstanding, whether or not you have a definite post-PGY-1 program.
  • Longstanding affiliations with Columbia University, Albany, and Rochester.
  • Third- and fourth-year medical student teaching, an outstanding library and other resources, as well as major research programs provide a university hospital atmosphere in a Columbia University-affiliated hospital.
  • Residents undertake progressive autonomy and responsibility for patient care decision-making.
  • Technical support services perform nearly all ancillary procedures which allows the resident to spend more time at patients’ bedsides.
  • Cooperstown and its surroundings provide a unique community in a beautiful rural area with diverse cultural and recreational opportunities.


Residents are encouraged to participate in the E. Donnall Thomas Research Program. This program is designed to facilitate projects both for the novice and the experienced clinical investigator. The facilities of the Bassett Research Institute are available for pursuit of a broad range of opportunities. Residents create their own projects or choose from a list of ongoing faculty projects, with topics that include epidemiology, clinical studies, basic science, outcomes research, public health, and health policy.