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Transitional Year

About the Program

Residency Overview

The primary purpose of Transitional Year residency training is to provide residents with a well-balanced educational program covering multiple clinical disciplines designed to facilitate the preparation for a specific specialty. Most commonly these residents have chosen a career specialty that requires one year of fundamental clinical skill education and which may also contain certain specific experiences or the development of desired skills.

The Transitional Year Residency at Garden City Hospital is a Fully Accredited ACGME.

Quick Facts

Program duration: 1 year
Approved positions: 8
Current filled positions: 4

Program Director

Ala Shuker, MD

Dr. Shuker

Dr. A. Shuker is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya University Bagdad, Iraq. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Detroit Medical Center Sinai Grace Hospital/Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. Dr. Shuker is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a member of our teaching faculty for Internal Medicine since 1999 at Garden City Hospital.


The TY rotations are based upon educational requirements established by Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). These requirements include:

Core Clinical Rotations

During the Transitional Year residency training at Garden City Hospital, each resident is expected to develop strong clinical skills during a year that emphasizes experience in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine plus approved elective rotations. Residents must demonstrate proficiency in comprehensive patient evaluation, assessment and reporting skills. They must also develop their differential diagnosis and test interpretation skills and begin to assume increased responsibility for the management of assigned patients.

Expectations for Rotations:

During the rotations in disciplines offering fundamental clinical skills, the Transitional Year residents should:

  • Improve skills in medical history taking and performing complete examinations on patients with a variety of illnesses

  • Become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with routine and complex medical problems

  • Develop differential diagnoses for symptom complexes and develop a rational and cost-effective plan for definitive diagnosis

  • Improve knowledge of appropriate therapies based on the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of various diseases

Current Residents

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