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The Transitional Residency Program at Mary Washington Healthcare is designed to expose residents to a wide variety of medical specialties. This experience provides the fundamental skills necessary to develop complete and independent physicians who are capable of caring for patients with diverse medical conditions.

Our one-year curriculum provides hands-on comprehensive training, preparing the resident for success in their future specialty of choice. Residents at our program will be working alongside our sponsoring program, the Internal Medicine Residency Program, in a collegial team environment, receiving equal treatment, education, and access to resources.

As part of the TY curriculum, we will be offering nonclinical activities and rotations such as research, quality improvement projects, patient safety initiatives where the resident will have the opportunity to address topics on the health care system major insurances, mental health, EMRs, and future technology, among other topics.

  • Nilsa Jimenez, MD

    Nilsa Jimenez, MD
    Program Director

    Medical School: University of Central Caribbean, Bayamón, PR
    Residency: University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
    Career Interest: Clinical Research, Compliance, and Quality Improvement

I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico for my undergraduate education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B. S. in Human Biology. I obtained my M.D. in June 2008 from the University of Central Caribbean in Bayamón, PR. While in medical school I was commissioned as a Naval Officer and after I graduated, I attended an internship year at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

After completion of my internship, I was assigned to CLB-3 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kane’ohe Bay serving as the Department Head of the Battalion’s Aid Station overseeing the medical care and treatment of all personnel. I deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan and treated combat related injuries, went on humanitarian missions providing medical care to villages, and had the opportunity to collaborate with the Afghanistan National Army conducting advance combat medicine to their service members. Once I returned from deployment I transferred to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in Pearl Harbor, HI where I served as a primary care physician for Navy and Coast Guard personnel.

I then completed my Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut. Since completing residency I have worked primarily as a Hospitalist/Nocturnist in Fredericksburg and Richmond areas. During this time, I served as the Interim Director of Hospital Medicine while filling my role as Hospitalist, as a member of the Quality Improvement Committee, and I am a current member of Mary Washington Healthcare’s Providers Advisory Council.

I have been with Mary Washington Healthcare since January 2020. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids while enjoying the local attractions including our national monuments and museums, traveling, and exploring new places, and partaking in culinary exploration.

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