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Transitional Residency Program

We, at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Transitional Year Residency Program, are pleased to see your interest in our teaching program. Our program has been in existence since 1974 and takes pride in producing wonderfully talented residents, generation after generation.

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is a 219-bed, not-for-profit, community teaching hospital, clinically affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We serve a very diverse population and our emergency department is one of the busiest in the region, with more than 62,000 visits per year. There is certainly no shortage of learning opportunities.

A few things you might want to know: First, you truly will have the opportunity to transition into a high-functioning, capable physician – proficient in all the general competencies. Our program encourages early, graduated independence and responsibility. Supervision, 24/7, comes from a very talented group of hospitalists, medical subspecialists, surgeons, intensivists and medical and surgical residents.

Secondly, our program is one that fosters a sense of camaraderie, teamwork, and community (both in and outside the hospital). It is no surprise, some of our medical staff, having begun their medical careers as Transitional Year residents, have re-circulated back into our hospital community, as members of our emergency medicine, radiology, psychiatry and ophthalmology departments. You will definitely feel connected to the program and the hospital.

The teaching program has seamlessly adjusted to the new duty hour requirements where there is no overnight call and no night float system, thanks to the hospitalist coverage model.

There are many educational activities which include regular subspecialty lectures, a critical care lecture series, Grand Rounds, Tumor Board Conference, M&Ms, Journal Clubs and bedside teaching.

To Apply

Please visit the links listed below that outline our application guidelines, and selection process. A sample copy of the House Officer's Appointment Agreement is also provided.

Applications for the program are accepted through the "Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)" via the internet. Information about ERAS can be obtained through their website. 

Our program offers 9 PGY-1 positions. We are fully accredited by the ACGME.

For additional information about the program, email  


The schedule is broken up into 13 blocks or rotations. The number of weeks in each rotation over the course of the academic year looks like this:

  • Internal Medicine 5.5 months
  • Critical Care 1 month
  • General Surgery 1 month
  • Emergency Medicine 1 month
  • Ambulatory Medicine 1 month
  • Electives 2.5 months

Electives can be taken at an affiliated program. Research electives are also encouraged.

Our History

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Burton J. Polansky, Chief of Medicine and Cardiology Emeritus founded the teaching program in 1974 and had remained devoted to the training of residents until his passing in June 2012. His experience and wisdom helped shaped the uniqueness of the program. His spirit continues to lead us.

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Henry J. Grazioso, MD, F.A.A.E.M. was appointed Program Director in March, 2018. He has served as director of the Emergency Medicine rotation for the Transitional program as well as medical students since 1999. He was site director for the BIDMC Emergency Medicine Residency from 2005-2006. He had been Medical Education Director for the Transitional Program since 2017.

Dr. Grazioso is an ABEM-certified member of the Department of Emergency Medicine and has been attending staff at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital since 1996. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and previously held a teaching appointment at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Grazioso is an enthusiastic teacher, carrying on the tradition of excellence and culture of camaraderie started by Dr. Polansky and further enhanced by Dr. Ellenberg.

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Dale J. Ellenberg, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., served as Program Director from February2011 - March 2018. Previously, he was the Medical Education Director (Associate Program Director) for the Transitional program and worked alongside Dr. Polansky.

Dr. Ellenberg is a member of the Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, board certified in both, and has been on the staff at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital since 1984. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and is an active participant in the physical diagnosis workshops at the medical school.

Dr. Ellenberg is the Director of Medical Education at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, responsible for the continuing medical education program for staff physicians and allied health professionals. The vast majority of his duties are dedicated towards the teaching program and building doctors, year after year.