Transitional Year Residency Program

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Melissa Arredondo, MDProgram Director Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our Transitional Year Residency training program at Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital. I encourage you to review our website and see the unique opportunities we have for our trainees.

Our mission is to train residents who are committed to provide humanistic care and assuming progressive responsibility. We strive to create an inclusive environment at MacNeal where all are welcome and valued. MacNeal Hospital offers a rich and robust clinical learning environment with a diverse patient population.


Here at the Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital Transitional Year Residency training program, in addition to working with Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Surgery Residents, you will work with several outstanding community and hospital based attending physicians in different specialties. Each afternoon, dedicated teaching sessions occur with faculty and chief residents in Intern, Resident Reports, Clinical Case Conferences, Journal Clubs, Core Lecture Series and Med Talks. We also have a Wednesday morning conference series for those on elective rotations.

We hope that you are able to visit with our residents and faculty and see for yourself if the MacNeal TY training program is a good fit for you.

Melissa Arredondo, MD
Program Director
Transitional Year Residency Training Program
Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital

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Program Overview

  • Offers a comprehensive one-year curriculum that emphasizes hands-on medical study and the freedom to explore elective specialties
  • Views you as an important part of our team - with full acceptance among all departments and equal access to resources
  • Supports your goals by providing a broad-based residency education in a modern, well-equipped, multi-site institution
  • Provides a wide range of learning experiences under the supervision of board-certified physicians, senior residents, researchers and other MacNeal Hospital faculty
  • Assures high-quality medical education experiences through our affiliations with Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern University
  • Prepares residents for lifelong learning through critical examination of current medical literature
  • Includes a strong benefits package

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Joint Internship with Loyola Ophthalmology

Starting in 2020, four of our 16 Transitional Year residents experience our unique joint internship. 

Application Process for Joint Internship with Loyola Ophthalmology

The interview days for the Loyola Ophthalmology Program and the Loyola MacNeal Transitional Year Program are separate.  The Loyola MacNeal Transitional Year interview day will take place as a virtual interview. 

The Loyola Ophthalmology Residency Program only accepts applications through the San Francisco Match.  For the joint Transitional Year Internship portion of the program, candidates must also match through the National Resident Matching Program.

The Joint Transitional Year - Ophthalmology internship includes:

  • Optimized annual schedule that does not have more than four weeks of inpatient service at a time

  • Three blocks of ophthalmology rotations, each block is four weeks in length

  • Ophthalmology rotations are at Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

  • Six blocks comprised of strong core experiences at MacNeal Hospital in inpatient medicine (family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and ICU)

  • One block each of ambulatory medicine and emergency medicine

  • One block of vacation

  • Opportunity to complete electives in ophthalmology and the same variety of electives as offered to all Transitional Year residents

  • Access to the ophthalmology simulation center

  • Exposure to a wide variety of subspecialties in ophthalmology

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Salary 2020-2021:

  • PGY1: $58,152
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Paid education time off 
  • Yearly educational stipends

Additional Benefits:

  • Malpractice insurance
  • Health, dental and vision Insurance
  • Life and accident insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Workers’ compensation
  • 401(k) retirement plan

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During your Transitional Year Residency at MacNeal Hospital, you will see a full range of cases with:

  • Five rotations in internal medicine (combination of general medicine and medical/surgical ICU blocks)
  • One rotation in emergency medicine in one of the busiest EDs in the near west suburbs of Chicago
  • One rotation in family medicine inpatient service
  • Four elective rotations (including the opportunity for a research rotation)
  • One surgery rotation
  • One rotation in ambulatory medicine

Research Electives

Residents give a 30-minute presentation describing the background, methods and findings of the research that was conducted. Solving skills are emphasized during these interactive conferences with a focus on differential diagnoses and final diagnosis. Research electives can take place at the Loyola University Medical Center or in conjunction with the advanced program.

Elective Specialties

Residents at MacNeal Hospital can choose electives from a wide array of specialized medicine. Certain electives can be completed at Loyola or at the resident's advanced institution. This allows you tremendous flexibility to develop a curriculum ideally suited to your needs. Electives assignment is subject to availability during each academic year.

Below is a list of electives for the 2019-2020 residents:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Medical Spanish
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Research
  • Sports Medicine

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Explore Your Interests

Hands-on experience, exposure to medical specialties, expert guidance, and a focus on learning by doing are among the things students seek and residents value. At MacNeal Hospital, we welcome the opportunity to participate in our residents' education. We don't take their time or trust lightly. That's why we have developed a multi-faceted Transitional Year Residency program that emphasizes daily development of new skills, while offering residents the opportunity to explore their interests. We provide the support, the staff, the facilities and the experiences they need to move with confidence to pursue the profession of their choice.

We invite you to learn more about MacNeal Hospital and our transitional residency program. We encourage you to submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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Application Criteria

  • USMLE score on Step 1 of 230 or above on first attempt
  • Completed medical school within the last 3 years
  • Submit application through ERAS

Please note, we do not sponsor visas.

Interview Process & Contacts

Interview Process

  • Our Transitional Year Interviews will be conducted via zoom and all links/materials will be sent out in advance by our program coordinator, Norma Smith. 
  • Our interview days are conducted from 8AM-1PM CST. 


We appreciate your interest in our program and understand the interview season is a busy time for our applicants.  Please be aware that post-interview correspondence that does not include a specific question (e.g. thank you notes/emails) will not receive a reply.  To ensure a response, please direct all your post-interview questions to our program email

If you have any questions, please call Norma Smith, Program Coordinator, at 708-783-3403.

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