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Residency in Transitional Year Program at Plainview Hospital

Thank you for your interest in Plainview Hospital’s Transitional Year Program. It is our mission to provide a high-quality training experience preparing new physicians for residencies in their selected areas of practice. Our Transitional Year Program is well-rounded and built on a foundation of inpatient medicine, augmented by experiences in family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, radiology, pathology and a range of subspecialties. Through the program’s diverse clinical curriculum, residents acquire a breadth of general medical knowledge and expertise in managing patients with a variety of medical conditions.

The program’s structure also includes elective rotations that allow each resident to customize the training year and build a knowledge base specifically designed to meet individual training needs. Complementing the program’s clinical experiences, the didactic curriculum is designed to further our residents’ medical knowledge while also placing emphasis on board examination preparation, professional growth, leadership development, ethics, quality improvement, research and practice management.

Transitional Year residents are integral members of the residency team at Plainview Hospital and, as such, enjoy the same privileges and responsibilities as all categorical residents. Peer and faculty support are strengths of the Transitional Year Program and the sponsoring Family Medicine Program. Residents are divided into five teams with the family medicine residents and participate in a variety of educational and team-building activities throughout the year including simulation, community outreach, performance improvement initiatives, scholarly activity and board exam preparation. Each team has a designated faculty mentor that serves to guide the residents throughout the planning, implementation and review of their activities.

The Transitional Year Program is dedicated to optimizing resident well-being and the learning and working environment. The structure of the program is carefully configured to provide residents with a workload comprised of diverse and appropriate educational and clinical experiences, while also ensuring reasonable opportunities for rest. The program director maintains an open door policy to address concerns at any time, but also hosts monthly meetings with the residents to discuss workload, quality of life concerns and opportunities to participate in quality improvement and scholarly activity. The program uses the feedback from these meetings and the quarterly Program Evaluation Committee meetings to improve the program and modify clinical and educational assignments as necessary.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. The Department of Medical Education, faculty, hospital administration and staff at Plainview Hospital are committed to the development of well-rounded, competent and compassionate residents. We invite you to contact us and look forward to working with you to achieve your professional goals.   


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Application process

Applicants interested in the Transitional Year Program at Plainview Hospital should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We are accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); however, we will only be accepting applications through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). No applications will be accepted after December 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation, no older than 6 months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

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Faculty

Tara Ervolino Zahtila, DO

Director - Medical Education of Family Practice, Plainview Hospital

Specialties: Family Medicine