The primary goal of the LECOM Transitional Year Residency Program is to educate physicians who will practice in a manner that acknowledges the interdependency of mind, body and spirit. This goal aligns with the mission statement and educational goals of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which seeks to train physicians to practice in the osteopathic tradition.

Our program strives to provide transitional year residents with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to thrive in the categorical residency program of their choice, under the sponsorship of our ACGME accredited family medicine program.

Our transitional year program exposes residents to primary care to patients in our community, through the efforts of our faculty in a Family Medicine continuity clinic to which they are assigned, located in a medically underserved area of our community: Plaza 38 Medical Center, 2010 West 38th Street, and within a community hospital setting as its hospital site.

Our program imparts to its residents a firm academic background, enabling them to advance though the ACGME competency milestones and preparing them to succeed in a categorical residency or in a practice setting requiring one year of graduate medical education. Finally, our program encourages its residents to participate in research and lifelong learning.

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John J. Kalata, D.O., M.S., MedEd, FACOP
Program Director, Transitional Year
(814) 868-8217