Welcome from Allison Friedenberg, MD
The Transitional Internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) is both challenging and rewarding. As a major teaching affiliate for Stanford University School of Medicine, SCVMC serves as the “safety net” for the medically indigent of Santa Clara County. Fortunately, our health and hospital system has state-of-the-art facilities and first-rate clinician-educators available to meet the medical needs of our patients and the educational goals of our houseofficers. Past transitional interns have been drawn by the hospital’s Mission Statement “…to provide the best care possible to the residents of Santa Clara County regardless of ability to pay…”. Each class consists of 16 interns with the Department of Medicine serving as the Internship’s major clinical and administrative sponsor. Thus, our interns are made to feel at home in the Department of Medicine and historically have viewed themselves as Medicine house-officers.
Our program offers a wide array of ACGME-accredited fundamental clinical experiences including adult inpatient wards, critical care medicine, pediatric wards/PICU, general surgery, obstetrics, emergency room, and ambulatory care medicine (adult and pediatrics). Based on the classic “rotating” internships of the past, our program provides our interns with a well-rounded curriculum that will make them capable and competent to care for any patient from their initial ER visit, through their inpatient hospitalization and on to their hospital discharge and follow-up outpatient visit. However, for those interns looking for a more focused experience, the program does allow and encourage interns to trade fundamental clinical months amongst themselves thereby helping individuals tailor their internship experience. In addition, transitional interns have tremendous flexibility to choose rotations during their months of free electives. Interns have used the opportunity to rotate within medical and surgical subspecialties, while many others have chosen to rotate through the Coroners office, Radiology, Anesthesiology, or continue ongoing research projects from medical school (the program has provided financial support to interns presenting at national conferences). We are proud of the fact that many of our interns have published research during their internship. On an individual basis, we have also supported interns for away and overseas rotations. Finally, the broad exposure during their internship year provides outstanding preparation for any PGY-2 residency. Our transitional interns have come from outstanding medical schools and have gone onto outstanding residency programs nationwide (see table
As one of the main teaching hospitals for Stanford University School of Medicine, our transitional interns have numerous opportunities to work with Stanford medical students and residents. The program expects and actively recruits houseofficers with a keen interest in medical education. As an example, many of our past graduates have returned to SCVMC as attending staff in various subspecialties largely for the opportunity to interact and teach residents. With ACGME accreditation through the year 2015, we are excited about the learning prospects available to motivated and hardworking interns.
As written above, our transitional internship offers 16 positions through the Match. Up to four of those positions are reserved for applicants interested in the Stanford Anesthesiology residency through a separate program code.
We participate in the ERAS and the deadline for applications is December 1. Our NRMP code for our transitional program is 1063999P0 and for our combined program with Stanford Anesthesia is 1820999P0.
For more information contact Emi Williams
, program coordinator at 408-885-6305.