Transitional Year Residency

The Harnett Health Transitional Year Residency program is a one-year position that serves as a preliminary year preceding a chosen categorical residency.  Residents who participate in Harnett Health’s Transitional Year program will work closely with Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents as well as several community and hospital-based attending physicians in various specialties.


The Transitional Year curriculum is structured to provide residents with the fundamental knowledge and essential principles necessary to further training.  To guarantee an optimal amount of training is given, each transitional year resident is required to complete: six months on inpatient internal medicine services, to include a month of nights, two months of emergency medicine, one month of cardiology, a month of ambulatory/quality improvement and two months of a chosen elective.  Didactic sessions are coupled with the internal medicine residents and include morning report, noon conferences, journal club, M&M and board review.


Thanuja Puchakayala, MD
Program Director

 Dr. Puchakayala is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences, India. She obtained her medical degree from Kurnool Medical College and completed her residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center affiliated with Cornell University.

Dr. Puchakayala has 13 years of experience in Hospital Medicine. She has been involved in graduate medical education for the past 5 years. She is currently working as a program director for the Transitional Year Residency Program.

Dr. Puchakayala is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She resides in Cary with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her dog.


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