Preparing for Residency

Transitional year programs with the most residency positions


In 2023, FREIDA™ users tallied nearly 2 million views of medical residency programs. With this list of transitional year residencies, we draw from the 2,163 first-year positions for transitional year and reveal which residency programs offer the most positions.

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Rankings are based on FREIDA™ data updated from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2023. FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®, allows medical students to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 13,000 programs—all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Transitional year is an intern experience that many fields require or prefer where the student experiences a global training before beginning residency training.

In this training, the graduate would experience both surgical and internal medicine rotations and be well prepared to enter a specialty where a thorough understanding of pathology, physiology and surgical procedures are necessary.

  1. Emory University School of Medicine Program – 29 positions

  2. San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Program – 27 positions

  3. Naval Medical Center (San Diego) Program – 27 positions

  4. Naval Medical Center (Portsmouth) Program – 25 positions

  5. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Program – 24 positions

  6. Madigan Army Medical Center Program – 22 positions

  7. Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University (Sinai-Grace) Program – 22 positions

  8. Brookwood Baptist Health Program – 20 positions

  9. Baylor All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth Program – 20 positions

  10. WellStar Health System/WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Program – 20 positions

  11. Campbell University/Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Program – 20 positions

  12. Albert Einstein Healthcare Network/Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Program – 20 positions

  13. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Phoenix) Program – 19 positions

  14. Hackensack University Medical Center (Palisades) Program – 18 positions

  15. Lakeland Regional Health Program – 18 positions