Contact us

For more information about our program contact HCA Houston GME at

How to apply

Applications are accepted exclusively through ERAS (#9994800259). Please upload the following information:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation/ Deans Letter
  • Medical School transcript
  • USMLE/ COMLEX Transcript
  • 3 Letters of recommendation

Welcome letter

Dear Applicant,

Orland GutierrezWe are proud and privileged to be amongst the most advanced medical training programs in the world. The Houston Medical Center is renowned for being the largest in the world and houses more than 54 institutions and 21 different hospitals. It has given birth to world renowned specialists and pioneers in the fields of medicine and medical research.

Join us in upholding this legacy of excellence with the pioneering of our new Transitional Year Residency Program at HCA Houston Healthcare West in affiliation with our newest medical college at The University of Houston.

Do not mistake us as, “just a transitional” year, but rather a very important link between medical school and your future specialty training. We will provide you with the experience, guidance and knowledge necessary to become a well-rounded, confident and productive member of our medical community.

Our training site boasts with being one of the busiest in the city serving a community rich in diversity with a broad spectrum of common, and at times, unusual pathologic processes. Learn to navigate a large private institution and the complexities of our current medical system while incorporating the many resources of our county and becoming a cost-conscious advocate for your patients.

It is our belief that the basis of medicine is embedded in fundamental clinical skills and we will help you build upon those to provide the best care for your patients and our community. We have developed a curriculum that integrates all ACGME Competencies into a supportive, balanced and relaxed learning environment where you are given a voice and encouraged to advocate on behalf of your patients, as well as, your learning experience.

Take charge of medicine and feel free to incorporate your background, your life experiences and your knowledge in helping us achieve the best for our community and to lay down a strong foundation that will help prepare you for your future specialty training.


Orlando Gutierrez, MD

Interactive Program Information

Interactive Program Booklet

Program PDF

Program Curriculum and Schedule

Mission statement

The HCA Healthcare Houston West/ University of Houston’s Transitional Year program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission:

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery.

Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Why choose our program?

HCA has the largest GME network in the US with over 250 training programs and 4,000 residents and fellows. Together, with the University of Houston College of Medicine, we intend to close the gap in physician shortages. Upon completion of our training program, residents will have the opportunity to apply to our categorical training programs across the country. The city of Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and is home to the largest medical center in the world. Houston is also a diverse city with many world famous eateries and things to do including: Museum District, Theater District, Space Center Houston, Houston Zoo, and much more.

Houston musuem district

Museum District

Houston zoo entrance

Houston Zoo

Houston Space Center - NASA

Houston Space Center

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List of leadership and faculty

  • Omer Farooq, MD, MBBS
  • Vernon Lawrence, DO
  • Katan Patel, DO
  • Anush Pillai, DO
  • Steven Thomas, MD
  • Jonas Garcia, MD
  • Essam Girgawy, DO
  • Steven C. Ugbarugba, MD
  • Manu Pillai, MD
  • Nikoletta Carayannopoulos, DO
  • Waseem Peracha, MD
  • Venkatarajan Sankaranarayanan, MD
  • Rosa Tang, MD
  • Hillary Boswell, MD

List of residents

Matthew Caviness, MD

Bradley Coplin, DO

William Estes, MD

Maureen Ezekor, MD

Carlos Flores, MD

James Gilbert, MD

Mashfee Khan, MD

Brianna Miles, MD

Mohammed Miniato, MD

Vivek Nadpalli, DO

Brandon Norton, MD

Alex Yang, MD