Resident Transfer Policy

I. Purpose of policy

Defines the transfer process for Applicants wanting to transfer from an external Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H).

II. Policy scope

This policy applies to Applicants looking to transfer to an ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H).

III. Definitions

Applicant: Any eligible Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) invited to interview with a GME program.

Resident: Any physician in an ACMGE-accredited graduate medical education program including Residents and Fellows.

CanMEDS: A medical education framework developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada that emphasizes the essential competencies of a physician.

IV. Policy statement

  • All applicants must meet all Graduate Medical Education (GME) eligibility requirements in order to be considered for selection as a transfer Resident to a ACGME-accredited graduate medical education program at D-H.
  • Before accepting a Resident transfer from another training program, the D-H Program Director must obtain:
    • A written or electronic verification of the prior educational experience, and
    • A summative, competency-based performance evaluation of the transferring Resident.
    • Verification of the Resident’s level of competency in the required clinical field using ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessments from the prior training program.
  • For any Resident transferring from a D-H training program to another program prior to completion of training, the D-H Program Director must:
    • Provide timely written or electronic verification of residency education, and
    • A summative, competency-based performance evaluation for the Resident.
  • For programs with an ACGME-based case log requirement the Program Director must arrange for transfer of ACGME Case Log data after Resident’s acceptance into the program.

V. References

ACGME Institutional Requirements. (2015). Retrieved from

Common Program Requirements. (2016). Retrieved from

D-H Policy ID: 11277