Welcome to Ascension St. Vincent! Thank you for your interest in beginning your residency experience with us!
We offer over 20 Transitional Year/Preliminary Medicine positions - each providing one clinical base year of training prior to entering advanced specialty residency programs. Residents that come through our program go on to train in a wide variety of specialties - including Anesthesiology, Radiology, Dermatology, Radiation-Oncology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) - all over the country.
Our program is closely integrated with the Internal Medicine residency program so I encourage you to check it out as well since a significant portion of your time will be spent with your IM counterparts. More details regarding the program including details on the inpatient service lines, for example, can be found here.
Our program is unique in that we offer the opportunity for half the class to start their intern year early (June 1), as well as opportunities to participate in a Clinician Educator Track, Global Health Elective and simulation experiences in a state-of-the-art $13M simulation center.
I am so excited to serve as the Program Director for the TY/PM Residency. Having trained here at Ascension St. Vincent myself as an Internal Medicine resident, serving as a Chief Resident and then eventually teaching faculty I have grown to appreciate the privilege it is to serve our community, our learners, and to be a small part of your journey through medicine. I am committed to making this program and your experience the best it can be - so that you feel incredibly prepared for your advanced program and develop into an amazing professional and human.
Please use this website to learn more about our program and what we have to offer. I look forward to meeting you!
Michelle Solik MD MS FACP
Ascension St. Vincent TY/PM Residency Program Director
Program Instagram: @stvimresidency
Ascension St. Vincent Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine residencies are ACGME-accredited educationally intensive, one-year programs that prepare graduates for subsequent training in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Through a solid core of required rotations and a broad array of elective options, residents can tailor their education to meet individual career goals. Education is a priority at Ascension St. Vincent, and we strive to teach our residents cost-effective quality care for their patients through evidence-based medicine.
Residents receive ongoing feedback, both in real time by attending physicians during their rotations, and later in written feedback. At ASV, we believe in bidirectional feedback to ensure ongoing growth of both residents and faculty. Incoming residents are paired with faculty advisors to help with their growth. Twice a year, our Clinical Competency Committee meets to discuss residents’ progress and development relative to the ACGME Milestones. These ratings provide more objective feedback for residents to compare to previous ratings and trend their growth over time as well as to compare with the class average and expected ratings based on level of training.
We anticipate transitioning to a system of 13 four-week blocks for the 2021-2022 academic year. More to come!
Have an interest in being a clinician educator (PD, APD, Clerkship Director etc.) in the future? Consider participating in our voluntary CET that helps you to start developing the skills and knowledge related to the nuances of a career in academic medicine.
For more details about the CET, see the curriculum here
Transitional and Preliminary Medicine residents may choose from the same clinical electives as are available to the categorical residents, including Global Health. They also assume the same degree of clinical responsibility as every other first-year resident.
Our program offers over 40 electives and include the option to create/design your own elective based upon your educational needs or interests. While most of our electives offer outstanding clinical experience, we also offer some non-clinical electives including Administrative Medicine, Medical Education, Diagnostic Medicine, Research, and Procedures. We are also very fortunate to offer a Global Health elective for residents interested in spending up to one month in an underserved, international location.
Two special features of our electives are worth noting:
Below is a full list of the Elective Rotations for the Class of 2020-2021 :
The following electives require special approval:
These half-days are protected time for all TY/PM interns to learn specific competencies.
Sample Academic Half Day (each 30 min-1 hour):
Research by Transitional and Preliminary residents is encouraged and many opportunities exist for these activities. In past years, Transitional and Preliminary residents have participated in clinical research projects and presented and published their work. Grant money is available by application through the St. Vincent Foundation. All TY/PM interns will participate in a QI project - led by peer-elected TY chief residents. Further details on research opportunities and activity are available from the Program Director.
Program Director, Transitional Year Residency
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Dr. Solik went to Xavier University for her undergraduate education, completed a Masters in Cardiovascular Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine for her medical education before coming to St. Vincent to complete her Internal Medicine Residency training in 2014. She transitioned from being a 3rd year Internal Medicine Chief to academic faculty in 2017 and also took on the role as Chair of Resident Recruitment for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She became an Associate Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency Program in July 2019 and also serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. “She became the Program Director for the TY Program in July 2021 and is excited to continue developing this program into one of the best TY residency programs in the country. She is a wife and mother to two young boys and in her free time she loves to watch reality television and learn the piano (again) after a long hiatus.
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Dr. Fick is a 2005 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. She practices internal medicine with residents and students in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Fick loves to mentor students and residents, conduct educational research, and leads our program’s comprehensive wellness program. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her two girls, travel, exercise, and root for the St. Louis Cardinals. Dr. Fick is fully committed to maintaining the St. Vincent Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine residencies’ reputation as among the best internships in the nation.
The Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine Programs have a large number of dedicated full-time and volunteer clinical faculty in all of the specialties and subspecialties of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and beyond. The clinical teaching faculty at St Vincent Hospital are dedicated to medical education and have a wealth of experience in teaching and patient care. Many are recognized regionally and nationally for their particular skills, are friendly, and highly supportive of our residents.
Ascension St. Vincent provides over 30 full-time clinical faculty in general internal medicine and family medicine plus numerous volunteer faculty in all the specialties and subspecialties of medicine and surgery. Our teaching faculty value their relationship with the residency program and the rotating residents. The camaraderie and collegiality that exists among residents and faculty is second to none.
|Julie Bittar MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Nicholas Carter MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Jon Handy MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Caitlin Mammolenti MD||University of Cincinnati College of Medicine|
|Carlos Vega MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Joshua Vollmer MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Susuana Adjei MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Zachary Arnold MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Maria Bell MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Austin Boos DO||Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Ashley Detzner MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Adam Given MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Fawaz Hasnain MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Benjamin Hufford MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Alexander Kiel MD, PhD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Katherine Magoon MD||Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania|
|Miles Mann MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|John Marxer MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Elise Porter MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Dylan Ropert DO||Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific|
|Christopher Rud DO||Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Arielle Russell MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Aumer Shughoury MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Ethan Steele MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
Our current class of residents are entering into advanced training in Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Radiation Oncology, PM&R, and Dermatology after completion of internship.
They will be continuing their advanced training at: Indiana University, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern McGaw, The Ohio State University, Rush University, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina.
Wellbeing is a priority for physicians in the Transitional Year/Preliminary Medicine Residency. To take the best care of our patients we know that we must also practice self-care. Our comprehensive physician wellbeing program is grant-supported and encompasses a wide range of programming, needs assessments, didactics, and fun. The Physician Wellbeing Diversity & Inclusion Committee led by the IM program includes residents from all PGY levels, Transitional and Preliminary Medicine interns, core teaching faculty, and private hospitalists with a goal of supporting wellbeing for all. Because each individual’s wellbeing needs are different, we offer an array of measures including sub-committees dedicated to Service, Fitness, Social Media, Book Club, Environment, Students, and Newsletter/Spotlights. Program efforts are highlighted by two Wellness Weeks—Fall and Spring—which host daily activities for individual and team-based care. In addition to our longitudinal and event-based programming, we have a robust social media presence designed to keep us connected- day or night, on- or off-campus, holidays and weekdays. We are a team. Residents and faculty entering our program complete an initial Wellbeing Needs Assessment, and program wellbeing is then evaluated annually. Physicians with additional personal or professional wellbeing needs are directed to appropriate resources including our Peer Mentor Training Program. Please see the internal medicine residency program page for further details.
All applications to the Transitional Year (TY) and Preliminary Medicine (PM) residencies are received through the web-based Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Both the TY and PM programs match and currently have both allopathic and osteopathic-trained physicians. As such, COMLEX scores and USMLE scores are equally acceptable for application purposes.
Candidates who would like to be considered for both the TY and PM residencies need to submit only one application and one set of documents, to either of the programs. A single interview will serve for both programs, and we will automatically rank all acceptable applicants for both residencies, independently of the program through which the application was received.
Interviews are by invitation only and are generally offered to applicants with a combination of solid medical school performance, above average step scores (>225 USMLE/>520 COMLEX), recent clinical experience in U.S. hospitals in which the student or physician had meaningful responsibility for patient management decisions, and strong letters of support from clinical supervisors. Because of the competitive nature of our program, applicants with ties to the state of Indiana and/or specifically interested in our training program should specify that in application materials. Applications will be reviewed beginning in November 2020 with interview offers being extended in late November. Interviews will begin in December 2020 through January 2021.
Virtual Interviews for Class of 2021-2022
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAMC is strongly suggesting that interviews be conducted virtually this year. In order to abide by these suggestions in this unprecedented time, we will be conducting interviews in a virtual manner for the upcoming 2021-2022 interview season. More details to come on this with a future update of the website - STAY TUNED! Please follow us on our social media platforms in the meantime to get a sense of our program.
Please contact our Program Coordinator, Katy Wenzel (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions.
A Special Note for International Medical Graduates
Applications to all our Transitional Year (TY) or Preliminary Medicine (PM) Residency Programs are accepted only through ERAS and positions are filled solely through the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). Our goal is to match the best people into our Residency programs - no matter if they are IMG’s or USMG’s. Both IMGs and USMGs are presently in residency programs throughout our hospital.
If you match at St. Vincent the policy of the Medical Education Department is to consider the Visa of your choice, provided that there is time to acquire this Visa and that you have the proper credentials. We are very much in favor of the J1 Visa because it is much less expensive and requires less paperwork and time.
We prefer medical school graduation dates within the past year and that are certified under the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Exceptions to this are possible, provided that there has been experience, practice, and documentation of continuing medical education since graduation.
US clinical experience is not required for application to our programs. However, it does enhance the quality of your application and provides you with a better chance of being selected for an interview.
We do not provide observerships before the Match. If you match into one of our programs, there is a possibility of an observership or externship after the match and before residency in order to assist you with orientation to our hospital.
Please contact our Program Coordinator, Katy Wenzel (Katherine.Wenzel@ascension.org), with any questions.
Many changes and accommodations were made during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Additional residents were moved to higher acuity rotations (e.g. Medical ICU) to provide additional support and relief during day and night shifts. In addition, residents who might be at increased risk of experiencing complications from the coronavirus were transitioned from higher risk services such as the ICU to other services within the hospital to mitigate these risks.
During the peak of COVID-19, phone conferences were held daily by administration, and updates were provided to residents via email. This evolved into weekly meetings with residents and program leadership to discuss changes and ask any questions.
Most would agree that the work-life balance at Ascension St. Vincent is quite favorable. Busier rotations such as Adult Internal Medicine Service (“AIMS”) and ICU require more time in the hospital but are comparable to most other programs. Most other rotations provide plenty of time to enjoy hobbies outside of the hospital. Wellness is a HUGE focal point of the program, and so even on busier rotations you will find that staff/administration do a lot to ensure that residents do not burn out.
Vacation days can be used on elective months in any number of days at a time. The only requirement is that you be present for at least 10 days of your elective rotation (i.e. you can’t take an entire elective month off). Vacation requests can be submitted at any time, but do require pre-approval.
Yes. Hot breakfast served weekdays 7-9:30a in the physicians’ lounge. Cold deli sandwiches, soup/salad for lunch from 11a-1p. Snacks (chips, crackers, granola bars, bagels), drinks, coffee always available. There is no stipend provided for food.
On the AIMS service, you function as team rotating late-stay/call each. Please see the internal medicine program for further details. While on elective rotations, residents will cover “Jeopardy Call” approximately 6-8 times throughout the month. This is a backup home call shift where you will only be called in if another resident is unable to cover their AIMS/ICU shift due to illness, etc.
These programs are very similar, and you only need to apply to one of them to be able to rank both. There are slight differences in rotation requirements as compared below:
|Transitional Year||Preliminary Medicine|
|2 weeks AIMS nights/2weeks AIMS days||Full month AIMS nights|
|Family Medicine||Cardiology or Pediatrics month|
|Must take Step 3/ Level 3 by the end of the year||Step 3/Level 3 not required by end of year|
|2 months AIMS, 3rd month can be AIMS/Pediatrics/General Surgery||3 months of AIMS|
*AIMS: Adult Internal Medicine Service
For the 2022-2023 academic year, it is anticipated that we will be transitioning to 13 four-week block rotations. More to come!
Residents live in a variety of locations and living situations. There are many affordable apartment options within 5-10 minutes of the hospital, but many people live downtown, in Carmel, Westfield, or Broad Ripple. Some residents rent, and some buy. Most residents live within 30 minutes of the hospital, and commuting is generally easy. Applicants who match at Ascension St. Vincent will be provided with a housing guide created by current and former residents to help them navigate this transition.
As TY/PM residents, you will work closely with the internal medicine residents. The camaraderie between the two departments is extraordinary, and all TY/PM residents are viewed as a valuable member of the medicine team.
Breakdown of a usual day on AIMS (Adult Internal Medicine Service):
*can handoff patients to late stay team member and go home at noon on weekends if not on call and all work is complete (no pager coverage the rest of the afternoon).
*ICU weekend days have the same schedule as weekdays.
Ascension St. Vincent is a Catholic hospital but employees, residents, and staff of many different faiths and cultures work here! All are welcomed and valued.
Free and plentiful physician parking is available, and is located just outside the employee entrance. Residents will use their ID badge to gain access to the open-air gated lot.