Transitional Year Internship

Program Overview

The Transitional Year Internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is a fast-paced and exciting clinical learning environment with diverse opportunities for patient care and training. Our goal is to prepare PGY-1 physicians for their next step – whether that is residency or operational medicine – through a stimulating curriculum including interesting clinical rotations, relevant didactics, and opportunities for hands-on simulation.

Located just outside Washington, D.C., our patient population includes Active Duty / Reserve Service Members, Retirees, Dependents, as well as civilian government employees (including our Nation’s Leaders).

This internship is for those who:

  • Desire a broad based internship experience.
  • Plan for an operational assignment after PGY-1 (including Flight Surgery, Undersea Medicine or other GMO tours).
  • Desire future training in competitive residency specialties (including Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation, and Pathology).
  • Are undecided in their future career path.
  • Army NCC Preselect Pathways to include Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Radiology.
  • Navy NCC Preselect Pathways to include Dermatology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Radiology, Pathology and Occupational & Environmental Medicine (pending year-to-year variations in preselect opportunities).
  • Air Force NCC Preselect Pathways to include Diagnostic Radiology.

Required Rotations:

  • 1 Internal Medicine Inpatient Ward 
  • 1 Medical or Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 Pediatric Clinic
  • 1 Ambulatory Medicine 
  • 1 Orthopedics or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2 weeks PM&R at WRNMMC and 2 weeks Sports Medicine at the Naval Academy)
  • 1 Emergency Medicine (INOVA Fairfax)
  • 1 OB-GYN Outpatient (2 weeks WRNMMC and 2 weeks Malcolm Grow Medical Center)
  • Operational Medicine: 2 weeks with FS/UMO/SWO/GMO platform in Norfolk (Navy) or Special Ops unit at FT Bragg
  • 2 weeks of Behavioral Health at WRNMMC
  • 1 week of Combat Casualty Care Course (C4) training in San Antonio, TX (HPSP students only)
  • 1 Additional Inpatient Block (choose from Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, OBGYN)


  • Elective (4): 4 rotations chosen by the trainee

Scholarly Requirements

  • Research
    • Submission of a case report to the annual National Capital Region Research Symposium or to annual meeting of the intern’s specialty of choice
    • Additional research opportunities available for more advanced research projects
    • Wide breadth of staff available for collaboration through USUHS, WRNMMC, NCC, and NIH
  • Quality Improvement
    • My Mistake presentation
    • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) quality improvement curriculum
    • Additional quality improvement opportunities available for more advanced projects

Prospective Applicants

Interviews are conducted every year from July 1st to October 15th with either the Program Director or an Associate Program Director. If you are interested in applying for Transitional Year Internship at WRNMMC, contact Ms. Denise Martin (Program Coordinator) for in-person or virtual interview scheduling. Please also be prepared to provide the following:

  • Current CV (with photo included)
  • Best contact phone number and/or email to reach you

Uniforms for in-person interview:

  • Navy: Service Dress Blue or Summer Whites (no scrubs; civilian clothing can be worn only by applicants who have not yet attended ODS)
  • Army: Army Service Uniform (no scrubs or civilian clothing)

Physician Training Verification Questions:

If you have completed a Transitional Year Internship with Walter Reed, National Naval Medical Center, or Malcolm Grow Medical Center after 1JUL1996 and require verification of training, please contact

If you completed training prior to 1996 or have further questions, please contact the appropriate individual listed through the following site:

Contact Us


Monday thru Friday 0730 - 1600


Main:(301) 295-9283Fax:(301) 295-5928

Program Leadership:

CDR Danielle Barnes -- Program Director / Pediatric Gastroenterology 
Ms. Denise Martin -- Program Coordinator  

MAJ Ardalon Farhat Sabet: Associate Program Director / Cardiology

MAJ Saira Ahmed: Associate Program Director / Adolescent Medicine (Pediatrics)

LCDR Mark Hall: Associate Program Director / Internal Medicine

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