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Message from the Program Director

Thank you for taking the time to consider the Transitional Year Residency Program at MetroWest Medical Center. The object of a transitional year is to provide a balanced medical education in multiple clinical disciplines. It is geared for those medical school graduates who desire a broader base of clinical experience prior to entering a specialized field of endeavor.

At MetroWest Medical Center, we have developed a program which we feel unequivocally fulfills the needs of such individuals. We participate in ERAS and have positions available for 2013-2014. Additional information may be obtained from the AMA-FREIDA website.

David Rishikof, M.D.

Learn more about the Transitional Year Residency Program:

Highlights of the Program

  • Full accreditation by the ACGME
  • Five months Medicine; three months Pediatrics; one month ER; three months electives
  • Emphasis on hands-on medicine, case-based learning and ambulatory medicine in suburban community hospital
  • Affiliations with Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
  • Comprehensive written syllabi and didactic lecture series taught by enthusiastic medical and pediatric faculty
  • Supervision by hospitalists in three-year categorical program as well as hospitalists from affiliations above
  • Competitive salary, three weeks' vacation
  • Health insurance, Malpractice Insurance, On-call meal allowance
  • Free parking


Internal Medicine: 5 months
Wards: 1-2 months (1:5 on call)
ICU/CCU: 2-3 months (1:4 on call)

Pediatrics: 3 months (1:4 on call)
Inpatient Unit: 1 month
Neonatal Unit: 1 month
Clinic: 1 month Primary Care & Sub-Specialty Clinics

Emergency Department: 1 month

Electives: 3 months (incl. 3 weeks vacation, no call, sick call as needed)

On the core rotations, residents provide graded in-depth supervision at all times. In Medicine, they are part of the three year categorical medicine program based at MWMC. Pediatrics has a new affiliation with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, giving resident the opportunity to be taught and supervised by Pediatric Hospitalists.

About MetroWest Medical Center

Has one of the longest established and largest teaching programs in New England. Our program is based in Framingham, Massachusetts, home of the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study Referral center for 25 neighboring MetroWest communities Residents from several Harvard Medical School affiliates participate in the training programs. On an annual basis, MetroWest Medical Center has:

  • More than 70,000 emergency department visits
  • Over 15,000 surgical procedures
  • Over 15,000 ambulatory care visits
  • Over 2,000 deliveries
Comprehensive cardiac services by cardiologists on staff at both MetroWest Medical Center and Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cardiology Unit has both CCU and cardiac catheterization unit. Emergency Department very active referral center for region, headed by full-time emergency room director and full-time emergency room physicians.


Departments: Medicine, Pediatrics, ER

Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Provides emergency and urgent care services to the Town of Framingham and approximately 10 surrounding communities.
  • Sees 70,000 patients per year
  • Serves as a base station for community paramedics and advanced EMTs
  • Transitional residents are exposed to a broad range of medical and surgical problems, including acute medicine, trauma, pediatrics, minor surgery and orthopedics.
  • All house staff rotate through the department and provide care under the supervision of Board-certified emergency room physicians.
Department of Pediatrics 
  • Consists of over 60 community-based primary care pediatricians and subspecialists practicing in the fields of Allergy, Cardiology, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Surgery, and Urology
  • Full-time neonatologist and 24-hour neonatology backup covering Level II and well newborn nurseries from Children's Hospital Medical Center.
  • Pediatric emergency room physicians from Children's Hospital Medical Center staff Framingham Union Hospital Emergency Room noon- midnight - 7 days/week
  • Third year clerkship provided to Boston University medical students
  • Transitional residents are assigned to Pediatrics for a three month block
  • Work with residents from the Boston Combined Residency Program (Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center)
  • Full schedule of teaching conferences Grand Rounds, Radiology conferences, and staff attending and didactic rounds
  • Strong commitment to academic medicine and clinical research
  • Excellent educational opportunity to develop teaching skills under supervision of pediatric staff
  • Pediatric radiologist on staff


  • Cardiology
  • Framingham Heart Study
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery


A current, authoritative print collection of texts and journals is available 24/7.

  • An extensive e-journal collection is linked to MEDLINE via PUBMED
  • Print and e-book collections
  • In-house, remote and mobile access to UpToDate and DynaMed
  • MicroMedex
  • 10,000 + E-journals 
  • Multiple computers and wifi in library
  • Professionally staffed library team to assist you

Benefits & Salaries

  • Current salary will be available at interview
  • Three weeks' vacation, from elective rotations
  • Selection of group health plans
  • Professional liability insurance provided on a group basis within the scope of the transitional program
  • Allowance provided to cover standard meals in cafeteria while on call
  • Uniforms and laundry service provided at no charge

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Transitional Year Residency Program #1812999P0 at MetroWest Medical Center. For more information about the program, contact Sharon Dearth at or call 508-383-1555.

Please note: MetroWest Medical Center accepts United States Citizens, Permanent Residents / Green Card Holders.  The program sponsors J –1 visas through ECFMG.

Our mailing address is:

Transitional Residency Program
c/o Department of Medical Education
MetroWest Medical Center Framingham Union Hospital
115 Lincoln Street
Framingham MA 0l702


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