Preliminary Residency

Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers an outstanding preliminary year for housestaff heading towards careers in other specialties. We regard the preliminary year as a discreet and important educational experience rather than just a stop along the way towards an advanced residency. Our program is challenging, but is widely viewed as a tremendous developmental experience. The clinical and educational activities and the work schedule for preliminary housestaff are the same as for categorical housestaff. The exception to this is that preliminary housestaff do not attend ambulatory continuity clinic or ambulatory-related activities. In recognition of the fact that our preliminary interns do more inpatient ward rotations than our categorical interns, they get significantly more elective time.

For anesthesia preliminary residents, in order to satisfy your advanced program's requirement for Emergency Department rotation, we require that two or four weeks of your elective time will be used. Exact amount will vary depending on the make up of the intern class.

Also, please note that residents in the Preliminary/Neurology track have the same schedule as preliminary residents, but must apply using a separate NRMP number.

A sample Preliminary schedule is as follows:



Inpatient Medical Wards



2 (see above for anesthesia exception)

Night Float







1 (if required)



Elizabeth West, MD

As a lifelong Bostonian, a part of me has always wanted to try living in a new city. New York City was the perfect choice, providing a fun and exciting change while maintaining proximity to family. Once I began interviewing at preliminary programs in NYC, I realized that Mount Sinai Beth Israel was a unique place. I loved the resident-driven nature of the program; in particular, how responsive the program leadership seemed to resident input. The residents seemed down-to-earth and like people that I would genuinely enjoy spending long shifts with. The location on the Lower East Side was appealing for the diverse patient population as well as for the vibrant neighborhood atmosphere. Since starting my internship at MSBI, I have been incredibly happy with my experience thus far. As challenging as intern year can be, MSBI provides a collegial environment with great clinical teaching where I have felt like I could thrive. MSBI and I have been a great match!

H. Nicolas Lemus, MD

As an international medical graduate from Bogota, Colombia with a passion for basic science research, I wanted to match into a program that could offer me both excellent clinical training and research opportunities. Starting my residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) has been the best decision I could ever make. The people in this residency are extremely warm, welcoming and focused on your education. It is extremely important to me that my program protects and cares for the wellness of the residents and MSBI does just that. The residents and chiefs are always there to support you in your daily activities and clinical decisions. Additionally, education is a priority for the program and they perform it in different ways such as noon conference, resident report, clinical question conference and more! As a bilingual physician, MSBI is the perfect place to treat a diverse patient population that will develop your communication skills and ability to manage challenging patients. Moreover, at MSBI you have the opportunity to participate in research programs at our hospital and uptown at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Needless to say, being in the heart of Manhattan, this program is the perfect place to enjoy all what New York City can offer to a young physician.