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Unity Health Transitional Year Residency Program

In the Unity Health Transitional Year Residency Program, we prepare residents for the next step toward their ultimate training program. Discover the key role our one-year ACGME-accredited program plays in your journey to practice medicine.

Program Director's welcome letter

As the Transitional Year (TY) Residency Program director, I want to thank you for your interest in our program.

Unity Health - White County Medical Center has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state of Arkansas, second only to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. And our TY residency program is the largest in the state.

In 2020, we will welcome our second class of TY residents, but we have been training internal medicine residents for four years with 31 residents currently in training. Our graduates have had tremendous success after graduating from our internal medicine program, including a 100% pass-rate for boards and excellent results in acceptance into fellowships as well as a 100% rate of employment.

Our goal is to provide our TY residents with exposure to a wide variety of general medical patients, both inpatient and outpatient, teach them the basics of good quality care and mentor them to become passionate, empathetic physicians as they transition from medical school to their ultimate training programs.

It is very gratifying for us to observe as our residents, under our tutelage, refine their ability to produce a differential diagnosis, narrow it to a diagnosis and create their own treatment plan. We feel that the residents in our program will finish here well-prepared and confident in their ability to perform well at the next level.

My fellow faculty members and I look forward to providing you more information about our program and—should you match with us—sharing what we have learned over many years of experience in the practice of medicine.

Clark Fincher, M.D., MACP
Transitional Year Program Director

Curriculum

Our didactic curriculum includes MKSAP (ACP), Yale Office Curriculum, and Rosh Review. During their year with us, TY residents have access to:

  • A dedicated radiologist teaching radiology conferences and an ultrasound course
  • Night float rotation instead of overnight call
  • Procedural experience with opportunities to perform central lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, chest tubes, and lumbar punctures
  • A full simulation lab with ACLS scenarios
PGY 1
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Internal Medicine 100 0 5
2 Site 1 Internal Medicine 100 0 5
3 Site 1 Internal Medicine 100 0 5
4 Site 1 Internal Medicine 100 0 5
5 Site 1 Internal Medicine 100 0 5
6 Site 1 Internal Medicine Nights 100 0 5
7 Site 1 EM 0 100 5
8 Site 1 Ambulatory Care 0 100 5
9 Site 1 Cardiology 100 0 5
10 Site 1 Elective TBD TBD 5
11 Site 1 Elective TBD TBD 5
12 Site 1 Elective TBD TBD 5

Site 1: Unity Health – White County Medical Center.

Available electives include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • General surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative care
  • Radiology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Outpatient pediatrics
  • Research

Additional requirements

The Ray Montgomery Department of Graduate Medical Education encourages and provides funding for a variety of resident research projects. You'll work closely with your program director and the director of research to properly complete journal publications and conference or committee presentations.

Learn more about our scholarly activity requirements.

Faculty

Clark Fincher, M.D., MACP
Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Stacy Zimmerman, M.D., FACP, FAAP
Associate Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Stephen Wagner, M.D., ACP, FAAP
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Greg Mock, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Jayton Lim, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Santo Thomas, Manila, Philippines

Seth Coleman, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Susan Fell, BSSusan Fell, BA
Transitional Year Program Coordinator

Current residents

Zachary Abid, M.D.
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

Aric Clegg, M.D.
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Dustin Coleman, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jamin Graham, M.D.
Trinity School of Medicine

Joi Hester, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Liana Lau, M.D.
New York Medical College

Zalmi Rahmany, M.D.
St. George's University School of Medicine

How to apply

We only accept applications for our Transitional Year Residency Program via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our code number for the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) is 2104999P0. Our ACGME Program ID is 9990400009.

We accept up to 16 residents each year. Preferred applicants are within two years of their medical school graduation and have the following qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • USMLE scores of 210 or greater, especially Part II, or COMLEX scores of 500 or greater
  • Dean's letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • ECGMG certification, if applicable, by June 2020

Unity Health will consider applicants who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and other individuals with work authorizations that do not require visa sponsorship by Unity Health.

Unity Health does not sponsor any visas or allow observerships.