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Transitional Year

Video from the Program Director

Our Transitional Year provides exceptional preparation for physicians who must complete an internship before beginning a residency in specialties such as radiology, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and others that require this additional training.

Placement in the Transitional Year Program is competitive. We provide outstanding clinical experiences and didactic learning opportunities, combined with an excellent quality of life. Our flexible curriculum allows plenty of time for electives, giving you the chance to further explore areas that interest you.

Program Director

Regina Frants, MD, FCCP.

Medical School: Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute, Moscow, USSR

Residency: Newton Wellesley Hospital, MA

Fellowship: Pulmonary/Critical Care at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Dr. Frants has had academic appointments with Baylor College of Medicine, and currently holds one at Upstate Medical University. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Frants has numerous publications in the field of pulmonary physiology (including chapter on "Circulation Effects in COPD" in Respiratory-Circulatory Interactions in Health and Disease, Lung Biology in Health and Disease, 2005). When not caring for patients and administering the residency program, Dr. Frants enjoys spending time with her daughter traveling the world and frequenting New York City.


General Medicine 5 blocks*
ICU/CCU 2 blocks
Emergency Medicine 1 block
Selective (GI or Gen Surg) 1 block
General Surgery 1 block
Electives 3 blocks
Continuity Clinic 1/2 day/week
*General Medicine call schedule includes 3 weeks of night float


Transitional Year Medical School
Levy Adoko, MD St. George's University
Sean Feinberg, MD Ross University
Dong Kim, MD Stony Brook University
Nina Millet, MD St. George's University
Vamsee Neerukonda, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University-Binghamton
Hans Salamanca, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University
Waleed Shady, MD University of Cairo

Jonathan Weissberg, MD

SUNY Upstate Medical University-Binghamton

Stipends & Benefits

UHS Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine Year Benefits

SALARY $56,650 (Year)

Sample Residency Agreement

  • Insurance Coverage
    • Health Insurance: UHS is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with UHS Preferred Provider Organization (UHS PPO). UHS covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
    • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, an Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield network pharmacy, or through mail order.
    • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
    • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
    • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Personal Time Off (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses)
    • PGY 1: 18 days
  • Moving Allowance
    • A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.
  • Professional Development Fund
    • Each resident is allotted $750/year to be used for educational expenses and professional fees and/or activities (i.e. books, PDA's, software, stethoscopes, etc.).
  • Academic Appointments
    • All residents receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.
  • Athletic/Gym Privileges
    • Residents have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.
  • Meals
    • Meal allowance provided for residents on call as well as stocked refrigerator in lounges.

ON-SITE HOUSING - Eckelberger Tower

On-site housing is conveniently located across from the hospital. This spacious and comfortable facility is for residents, fellows and visiting medical students. Rent includes: heat, electric, water, air conditioning, standard cable television and wireless internet. Free laundry facilities, fitness center, parking, and trash removal.

1 Bedroom: $550/month
2 Bedroom: $675/month
3 Bedroom: $900/month