Transitional Year Program

Program Director: Gabriel S. Lerman, DO 
Chair, Department of Medicine: Rotem Friede, MD

The Transitional Year Residency with Osteopathic Recognition (TYR) program at Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) is designed to provide physicians in training with a broad-based clinical experience and a well-balanced didactic curriculum. The focus is on providing a well-balanced academic and clinical experience that will allow transitional year residents to make informed decisions about their next career choice or fulfill the requirements of a specialty, the military, or a public health system. 

Attaining Osteopathic Recognition means we also offer a robust Osteopathic curriculum that both DOs and non-DOs can participate in that helps expand the understanding, application, and practice of OMM.

Over the course of the one-year program, residents have the opportunity to gain a first-hand perspective of a wide range of medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties and to develop the clinical competence required to pursue a specific discipline.

Transitional YearAs a community-based academic hospital system, MCMC provides residents with a diverse case learning experience at both Mercy Fitzgerald, which serves the suburban and urban patients of Eastern Delaware County and Southwest Philadelphia, and Mercy Philadelphia, which serves the urban population of West Philadelphia.

Additionally, our residents also do a rotation at the Primary Care Clinic at PCOM, where board certified Family Medicine specialists, many of whom also practice OMM, will guide the resident in managing patients in a modern outpatient practice setting with a medical home model. These two hospitals, plus the outpatient clinic, give residents an opportunity to develop the professional and personal skills to minister to the needs of people from many different economic and socio-cultural backgrounds.

Residents who commonly enter our 1-year program are matched in advanced standing in a number of subspecialties, including radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and dermatology among other disciplines.

MCMC TYR is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We participate in the NRMP match only and accept recent graduates of both US Allopathic and Osteopathic medical schools. Unfortunately, in the TYR program, we cannot accept international medical graduates or those who do not possess US citizenship/Green Card.

Contact Us

To find out more about Mercy Catholic Medical Center’s Transitional Year Program, please call 610.237.7337, fax 610.237.5093 or email