Transitional Year

Established in 1991, the Transitional Year program at UPMC Altoona is fully integrated within the Altoona Family Physicians Family Medicine Residency and is a part of the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine MedNet OPTI program. The program is initially accredited by the ACGME, AOA-accredited, and applying for Osteopathic Recognition.

ACGME accreditation allows our graduates to pursue ACGME fellowships after residency training.  Recent graduates of the program have gone on to residencies in family medicine, dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, physiatry, ophthalmology, and diving medicine. Several others have entered the military as flight surgeons and general medical officers.


The curriculum is individualized to meet the specific requirements of the resident’s intended specialty or next level of responsibilities.  Shortly after a resident matches with our program, the program director will meet with him or her to begin planning the curriculum.

During the transitional year, residents do fundamental-skills rotations in emergency medicine, general surgery, and internal medicine.

Six months of internal medicine are required and is divided among the AFP inpatient family medicine service, inpatient hospitalist medicine, ICU medicine, and/or medicine subspecialties such as cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, and others.

We also offer training in osteopathic manipulative therapy including clinics at our outpatient offices, Pregnancy Care Center and Juniata College.

Transitional Year Sample Curriculum

  • Altoona Family Physicians Inpatient Medicine Service- 3 months
  • Internal Medicine- 1 month
  • Fundamental Clinical Skills-  1 month
  • Cardiology/Pulmonology- 1 month
  • Critical Care- 1 month
  • Emergency Medicine- 1 month
  • Surgery (with experience in Anesthesia available)- 1 month
  • Ambulatory Family Medicine Continuity Clinic- ½ day per week throughout the year
  • Electives - 3 months
  • Call is arranged within the three-year residents’ call system.