Welcome to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Transitional Year Residency Program.

Cheryl Bloomfield, MD
Cheryl Bloomfield, MD
Program Director, Transitional Year Residency

One of the largest health systems in Pennsylvania, LVHN meets the medical needs of the population of the Lehigh Valley, eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. Our physicians and health care professionals treat patients whose illnesses range from the simple to the most complex. This patient mix provides an ideal clinical environment for your education.

Unlike a university hospital that emphasizes few medical subspecialties in favor of broad clinical education experience, LVHN's diverse patient population offers a variety of primary, secondary and tertiary care learning opportunities. In many ways, our health network merges the resources and benefits of both community hospitals and large academic medical centers.

We’re committed to providing our residents with the teaching, training, mentoring and experience needed for a successful career in internal medicine. Located in Allentown, Pa., our program offers comprehensive and progressive training, so you can develop the knowledge, attitude and skills you need to achieve excellence.

Our Transitional Year Residency program meets the educational needs of medical school graduates who have chosen a specialty that requires one year of general clinical education. This transitional year also is an option for students who are either undecided about their final career choice or who require one year of training prior to fulfilling military or public health obligations. 

The Transitional Year Residency prepares you for career success by providing a well-balanced educational program and a solid foundation in clinical medicine. The one-year curriculum balances formal and informal education with outpatient and inpatient clinical rotations. You’ll be exposed to a variety of experiences in internal medicine, emergency medicine and other medical fields.

The transitional program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is administered by the Department of Medicine.

Program Staff and Contacts

Program Manager
Shelly Ketchens

Program Coordinator
Kristen Larimer, B.A.

Program Coordinator
Melitza Velez

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Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to learn more about our Transitional Year Residency program, reach out to our program coordinator Kristen Larimer, B.A., at 484-862-3200 or via e-mail, below.
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