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Department of

Department of Internal Medicine

Residency Programs

Preliminary Year

Our preliminary year is for people who want well-rounded training in internal medicine prior to beginning a core specialty program and over the past decade we have prepared residents to begin training in anesthesiology, neurology, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, psychiatry, radiology, and occupational medicine.

You will rotate through the same clinical experiences as categorical residents, but have more elective time (depending on specialty and career path), and can opt in or out of an ambulatory learning experience. 

You can tailor your experience to your needs, including specialty electives (e.g. dermatology, radiology, ophthalmology) that you design with your mentor. 

In addition, if you wish, we can help you engage in research projects within the department or your chosen specialty.

A significant number of our preliminary residents stay within University of Cincinnati Medical Center for their core programs, and this represents a tremendous advantage for this with regard to comfort with the system and colleagues. 

From a recent graduate of our preliminary year:

"When applying for preliminary medicine program, I was seeking an experience that would prepare me for the rest of my medical career. The University of Cincinnati’s Preliminary medicine program benefited me in many ways, but three aspects in particular stand out to me now as I am progressing through my specialty training. First, UC’s clinical environment and learner driven curriculum will build a robust foundation of medical knowledge that is useful regardless of eventual specialty.  Second, UC’s patient population will present unique situations that require complex problem solving and critical review of primary literature which will ultimately increase capacity and confidence in independent decision making. Finally, the program’s emphasis on patient centered rounding builds experience communicating with patients on their level. I did not fully appreciate the benefit of my preliminary year at UC until I had moved on to my residency program, but I quickly found the breadth of my general medical training, experience with unfamiliar situations and improved bedside manner tremendously beneficial."

                                                                   -- Luke Lewis (radiation oncology)


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Program Manager
Liz Bauke