Preliminary Residency

Our Preliminary Residency Program offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences in general medicine and specialty services at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center.

The preliminary residency provides a strong foundation in Internal Medicine that graduates can draw upon in their subsequent specialty training. Most of our preliminary residents complete their post-graduate training in the following areas: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology.

A typical Preliminary schedule is as follows:



Ward Blocks




Night Med








Those applicants interested in the Preliminary Residency Program should indicate such on their application, and use the appropriate NRMP number.

Housestaff Story

Eva Hudgins, MD, PGY1 (2015-6), Dermatology

I chose Sinai for my preliminary year program because I knew that I wanted a strong foundation in internal medicine before starting my dermatology residency. Some might argue that you don’t need ICU training to become a dermatologist, but I knew that I didn’t want to be the dermatologist who only understands one organ system. My exposure to critically ill patients both on the Sinai floors and in the ICU has made me confident in my ability to be a consultant for similar patients during my dermatology training.

Having grown up in New York City, I knew that I wanted to return home for residency, but kept an open mind as to where I would train. Mount Sinai stood out in particular because, even on my interview day, I could tell that the residents were happy. From the administration down, there is a sense of camaraderie, where attendings and residents are friendly and never hesitate to help each other out. I really appreciate the culture at Sinai, and can honestly say that each morning I look forward to seeing my co-residents, who always make the days more enjoyable. I also really valued Sinai’s unique patient population of both East Harlem and the Upper East Side in addition to the opportunity to train at Elmhurst, where we routinely care for patients from all over the world. Although it seems hard to believe, intern year FLEW by. It is exciting to reflect on how much I have learned this past year and how much I have grown.  At times, it was extremely tiring and emotional, but I can truly say that I enjoyed intern year and will miss the Sinai family.