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Transitional Year ResidencyProgram Facts

Broad Experience and Training

The Aurora Health Care Transitional Year Residency makes the most of Aurora's diverse settings and experiences to provide multidisciplinary clinical training that facilitates the choice of and/or preparation for specialty residencies and careers. Our residents continue on to specialties such as Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, and Radiation Oncology.

Program Director Colleen Nichols, MD describes our program’s strengths.


The Aurora Transitional Year Residency has been a stepping-stone to specialty residencies and careers since 1969. Over the years, we have developed a strong reputation for providing excellent clinical preparatory training by applying some basic principles to many unique hospital and program characteristics.

Our primary sponsors are the Aurora Internal Medicine Residency and the Aurora Family Medicine Residency, both University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health-affiliated programs.


Our mission is to provide superior, broad-based clinical training to prepare our residents for a variety of medical fields. Because Transitional Year residents have unique educational and career goals, we provide a large degree of curricular flexibility and individual choice.

We treat our residents as colleagues. We respect their opinions, recognize their need for support and autonomy, and appreciate their hard work and efforts. While we recognize that residents are here to receive an education, not provide a service, our residents assume a high degree of responsibility in meaningful patient care.

However, patient care services are not dependent on resident coverage. This allows our residents to be involved in patient care and other educational activities that enhance, not comprise, their training.


Our curriculum provides a broad, clinically based educational experience, while allowing flexibility to meet individual educational needs. Learn about the program’s required and elective rotations, open elective option, didactics and more.

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Medical Centers

Transitional Year residents train primarily at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Wisconsin’s largest private hospital. Residents may also rotate at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee for a block of Internal Medicine teaching service and/or OB/GYN if they chose it as an elective.

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Salary & Benefits

Your choice of residency training should be based on the educational merits of the program, not special benefits or perks. While our emphasis is on medical education, we value the contributions of our housestaff and offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

In addition to the general housestaff benefits, Transitional Year residents receive the following educational stipends:

  • $450 for books, medical equipment required by the program, journal subscriptions and computer software
  • $1,000 conference stipend, at the program director’s discretion
  • $200 for technological support devices

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Apply to the Residency

Learn how to apply to the Aurora Transitional Year Residency program. Get information about candidate requirements and the application process.

Contact Us

Request information or connect with the program director.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Aurora’s broad and integrated system not only affords you new opportunities but also new places to explore – from Lake Geneva to Milwaukee to Green Bay.

Aurora Medical Centers

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Why Aurora GME?

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