Program Descriptions: Preliminary Medicine Program

The Preliminary Medicine Program at the University of Connecticut has always been fully integrated into the Internal Medicine Program. The Preliminary interns work side-by-side with all other Medicine Program residents, rotate through the same hospitals, and are taught by the same faculty. This program is a competitive and academically challenging year, rich in core rotations and electives. It is flexible enough to allow you to individualize your first year of residency and offers a foundation on which to build your career. We emphasize evidence-based Medicine, clinical problem-solving, and the scientific method.


The curriculum for General Inpatient Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, electives/selectives are identical in scope and depth to the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s PGY1 year. The schedule is The block schedule follows a 4+2+2 model and allows all preliminary residents to meet their ACGME requirements for their one year. You will be offered four to five electives depending on your future specialty, 8 weeks of critical care medicine, 4 weeks of night float and 14 weeks of wards. Additionally you will spend the two consecutive weeks recurring throughout the year in ambulatory, experiencing both urgent care and sub-specialty clinic.

Residents rotate through the same hospitals as the Internal Medicine residents. The first year of all of the Medicine Programs has the same unique experiences, including opportunities in scholarly activities, personal and professional development, and the Clinical Skills Program. Please refer to our Program Highlights section.

Rotation Schedule

Our program runs on a block schedule model following 4+2+2.


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X blocks consist of call rotations (wards/critical care)
Y blocks are ambulatory experience
Z consist of electives and vacation