Preliminary Track

Preliminary interns learn about common medical problems as well as medical emergencies. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course is offered as part of the intern orientation program. At the completion of the internship, preliminary interns have had adequate patient exposure to sharpen their physical diagnosis skills and to develop patient assessment skills and clinical judgement. The excellent teaching by the Washington University faculty and supervision by highly qualified junior and senior assistant residents assures an outstanding educational experience and allows a strong foundation for future specialty training.


Preliminary Year for Neurology Applicants

Washington University offers a four-year Neurology training program including the necessary Internal Medicine training mandated for board certification in Neurology. A separate "Preliminary Year" application is not necessary. If invited for an interview with the Department of Neurology, the applicant will automatically be scheduled for an interview and tour in the Department of Medicine, and a copy of the application materials will be forwarded from Neurology to Medicine. Matching to the Neurology residency at Washington University includes all four years of training, including the Medicine internship portion.


If an applicant does not match to a four-year neurology program, he/she may notify the Department of Medicine with a request to be considered for a free-standing Preliminary Year position. This is not automatic, and must be requested. Applicants planning a three-year Neurology program elsewhere are welcome to apply to the Medicine Preliminary Year at Washington University via the standard ERAS application process.




Sample Rotations

  • Inpatient Medicine: 4 Months
  • Inpatient Cardiology: 1 Month
  • MICU: 1-2 Months
  • Inpatient Oncology: 1 Month
  • Electives: 1 Month
  • Night Float: 1-2 Months
  • Vacation: 3 Weeks
  • Reading Week: 1 Week
  • Procedure Team: 1-2 Weeks
  • ED: 1 Month

Washington University School of Medicine

Division of General Medicine

Campus Box 8121

660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

p: (314) 362-8065    f: (314) 747-1080