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Preliminary Year


A year of preliminary internal medicine is available for individuals interested in pursuing a variety of specialty fields such as anesthesiology, neurology, radiology, radiation oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation. An emphasis is placed on practical patient care training through hands-on educational experiences. By the end of this year, preliminary trainees can confidently evaluate new patients with concise, insightful histories and complete physical examinations. They can assimilate data to arrive at accurate diagnoses and develop appropriate therapeutic plans. To give you a feel for how well integrated the preliminary interns are, one of the 2010 Intern of the Year Award recipients (chosen by peers) was from the preliminary program.
In addition to inpatient service months (ward, ICU and night float), all preliminary medicine interns do a month of emergency medicine. One month dedicated to clinical work or research within your ultimate specialty destination is permitted. We refer to this as your Career Development Block.
 

 

Preliminary Year Curriculum     
Number of Months                               
General Medicine Service 3-4
Subspecialty Medicine Service 2-3
MICU 0-1
Night Float 1
Emergency Medicine 1
VA Outpatient Clinic 0-1
Elective/Consult 4-5
Neurology Preliminary Curriculum
Number of Months
General Medicine Service 3-4
Subspecialty Medicine Service 2-3
MICU 0-1
Night Float 1
Emergency Medicine 1
Psychiatry 1
Neuro Vascular Consult/NICU 1
Elective/Consult 2-3