University of Hawaii Transitional Year Residency Program

The Transitional Program depends primarily on Internal Medicine and Surgery residency programs for faculty and required clinical education experiences. The curriculum allows the Program to meet the ACGME Transitional Year requirements for the percentage of clinical experience provided by the sponsoring programs, and weeks of fundamental clinical skills and senior resident contact.

During inpatient rotations, Transitional residents will be offered equivalent educational opportunities and be held to the same expectations and standards as first year categorical residents at a similar level of training.

Written educational goals and objectives are provided to the residents prior to the start of each rotation via the New Innovations Residency Management Suite web site, and are found in the resident handbook.

The academic year consists of 13 blocks which are 4 weeks each:

Rotation Duration Location(s)
Inpatient Medicine 4 blocks QMC 
General Surgery 3 blocks (Consecutive) QMC, QMCW, Straub
Critical Care (MICU or SICU) 1 block QMC
Ambulatory Care 1 block VA
Emergency Medicine 1 block QMC
Electives 9 weeks

QMC, Straub, TAMC, KAI, Private Office, Community Health Center, Other

Vacation (during elec) 3 weeks



Internal Medicine Rotation:

Medicine Chair:
Medicine Program Director:
Medicine Program Administrator:
QMC Director of Ambulatory Care:
QMC Director of Critical Care:
QMC Director of Hospitalist:
Elizabeth Tam, MD
Reid Ikeda, MD
Mimi Bu
John Misailidis, MD
Gehan Devendra, MD
Dennis Bolger, MD


Medicine Schedule:
Transitional residents will complete four blocks of Internal Medicine at The Queen's Medical Center. Inpatient work hours will depend on the conference and rounds schedule. However, the Program will adhere strictly to ACGME requirements on duty hours. The chief medical resident will review the specific work schedule in detail on the first day of the inpatient rotation. There will be a sign-in/sign-out sheet in the resident's conference rooms at in-patient sites to assist residents in adhering to the duty hours.

Visit the University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program's Section for more details



General Surgery Rotation:

Surgery Program Director & Chair:
Surgery Program Administrator:
QMC Director of Surgical Education:
QMC West Director of Surgical Education
Straub Director of Surgical Education:
Kenric Murayama, MD
Gary Belcher
Peter Halford, MD
Irminne Van Dyken, MD
Elna Masuda, MD


Surgery Schedule:
Transitional residents will complete three blocks of General Surgery consecutively, one at each rotation site. The three locations include Straub Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center, and The Queen's Medical Center West.

Residents agree to abide by the schedule of on-call assignments established by the program. Scheduled working days include Saturdays and Sundays. Work schedules are designed so that on average, excluding exceptional patient care needs, residents have at least one day out of seven free of routine responsibilities and are on-call in the hospital averages every third night.

Visit the University of Hawaii Surgery Residency Program's Section for more details



Critical Care Rotation:

MICU Rotation Supervisor:
SICU Rotation Supervisor:
Gehan Devendra, MD
Mihae Yu, MD


Transitional residents will complete one block of critical care at The Queen's Medical Center. They have a choice between Surgical Critical Care (SICU) and Medical Critical Care (MICU). Residents will develop an understanding of the overall scope, severity and needs of patients in the critical care setting. Instruction will focus on caring for critically ill patients as a member of a multidisciplinary team, while expanding their clinical skills, medical knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills and professionalism.



Ambulatory Care Rotation:

Ambulatory Care Rotation Supervisor: Laura Wong, MD


Transitional residents will complete one block of Ambulatory Care Medicine with the Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System. Instruction will focus on performing directed history and physical examinations, defining, diagnosing and managing a broad range of outpatient clinical problems. Residents will apply current medical knowledge in the biomedical, clinical, and behavioral sciences, interpersonal communication skills, and professionalism to the provision of outstanding, compassionate patient care that encompasses both the treatment of illness and the promotion of health.


Emergency Medicine Rotation:

QMC ER Rotation Supervisor: Samuel Cooper, MD


Transitional residents will complete one block of Emergency Medicine at The Queen's Medical Center. This rotation will prepare Transitional residents for their chosen categorical residency by providing them with a clinical experience in emergency medicine. The rotation will provide residents with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes needed to care for patients in an emergency room.

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