We have a highly competitive preliminary program and our interns have matched into a variety of specialties across the country. Preliminary interns are fully integrated into the program and, if desired, may choose a longitudinal ambulatory clinic experience.
Our preliminary intern year is rigorous and hands-on, and our prelims gain exceptional clinical exposure and are well prepared for their advanced specialties. Our interns graduate feeling comfortable with many procedures and can independently manage many medical issues. Our preliminary interns value autonomy and responsibility.
Of our 12 Preliminary positions, two slots are linked to Stanford Neurology as a Joint Advanced/Preliminary Program (NRMP Program Code 1063140P1). The other ten slots are open to applicants from all advanced specialties (NRMP Program Code 1063140P0). Applicants applying in Neurology can apply to both program codes (but will only have to interview once if selected to interview).
Graduates over the past few years have moved onto the following advanced programs:
- Albert Einstein: Dermatology
- Case Western: Ophthalmology
- Loyola: Ophthalmology
- Mount Sinai: Neurology
- New York Eye and Ear: Ophthalmology
- Stanford: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Radiation-Oncology
- SCVMC: Radiology
- St. Louis University: Anesthesia
- UC Davis: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology
- UCLA: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- UCSD: Anesthesiology
- UCSF: Anesthesiology, Dermatology
- USC: Neurology
- University of Oklahoma: Ophthalmology
- University of Pittsburgh: Dermatology
- Washington University St. Louis: Radiology
Team work during the intern orientation scavenger hunt
A typical preliminary intern schedule is listed below:
- Inpatient wards: 20-24 weeks (including 4 weeks at the Palo Alto VA)
- ICU: 4 weeks
- Night float: 5 weeks
- Subspecialty electives: 17 weeks
Subspecialty elective time is broken into two types of electives: Core Medicine and Mastery electives. The Core Medicine electives are the big eight: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Rheumatology. Preliminary interns spend about 12 weeks rotating through some of these experiences, most of which are inpatient consult. Additionally, prelims spend 4 weeks or more choosing from Mastery electives. These rotations help augment growth as a physician in more specialized areas. Elective options include Radiology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Research, HIV clinic, Palliative Care and more.
Ultrasound training during intern orientation
Finally, applicants who are debating between a Preliminary and Transitional year should click here
to learn about our TY program. Many of our applicants apply to both programs.