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The ACGME requires those pursuing residency training in Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Nuclear Medicine, and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine to complete a preliminary year in medicine, surgery, or transitional program (ACGME PGY1-Year Requirements, 7/1/2017). Depending on the field, our responsibilities, skills, and knowledge base from intern year may differ significantly from those required in our future subspecialty. This gap creates an opportunity to better understand how to make the most of our intern year and to incorporate those skills into our future training and practice.

Q: What advice might you give to preliminary interns who are planning to transition afterwards to their sub-specialty training? What can they hope to take away from their intern year?