Preliminary Pathway

The Preliminary Pathway year offers an outstanding one-year clinical experience in adult medicine for trainees pursuing long-term careers in a variety of fields. An emphasis is placed on practical patient care training through hands-on educational experiences.

Length of training: one year
Setting: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Description and Defining Characteristics

The Preliminary year offers an outstanding one-year clinical experience in adult medicine for trainees pursuing other long-term careers. We believe the Prelim PGY1 year is a vital year for achieving clinical competence prior to moving to categorical training, and our training achieves this goal through the combination of hands-on clinical experience with supervision from outstanding residents and faculty.

Preliminary interns are considered full members of the Department of Medicine house staff. They have three months of elective time to pursue their academic interests. In our program, there is no weekly continuity clinic requirement for Preliminary interns.

Example Schedule

  • 2.5 months of Elective
  • 0.5 months of Jeopardy
  • 1 month of vacation
  • 0.5 - 1 month of night float
  • 0 - 0.5 months of urgent care at the VA
  • 2 - 2.5 months of ICU
  • 5 - 5.5 months of wards

Read about Ashley's experience with this Pathway

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