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February 20, 1991

Broadening Medical Education: The Transitional Year

Author Affiliations

Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Cooperstown, NY

Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Cooperstown, NY

JAMA. 1991;265(7):867-868. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460070049031

To the Editor.—  Dr Stanton1 laments that a "true 'rotating internship' is difficult if not impossible to find through any of the usual sources of graduate medical education." He believes that the future orthopedic resident should be given a more general education than is often provided in the fourth year of medical school or the usual PGY-1 year incorporated into the orthopedic residency.For Dr Stanton's information, the rotating internship is alive and very well, as can be determined by consulting page 134 of the 1990-1991 Directory of Graduate Medical Education Programs2 (the familiar "Green Book" known to all medical students) or the NRMP [National Resident Matching Plan] Directory.3I refer to the Transitional Year, a broad year of training now much improved from the "rotating internship" of yore through careful direction by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and its Transitional Year Review Committee. The