Traditional and Transitional Internships: What are they?
The traditional rotating internship is designed to provide exposure to a wide range of specialties and is often utilized by those graduates who are undecided as to career specialty direction. Also, graduates entering residencies that require a broad-based general rotating internship as a preliminary requirement complete this type of training. Experiences include at least six months exposure in several basic core disciplines: general internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and emergency medicine. In addition, there is time built in to pursue electives. This experience gives the future specialist a holistic foundation to subsequent residency training.
The transitional internship offers more flexibility to tailor the program to each individual’s career needs. There are some required aspects, but far less than the traditional internship. It usually transitions into a particular residency program.