Preliminary Residency

Our preliminary program is designed to provide a solid one-year foundation in clinical medicine for those entering other specialties. You will receive a rigorous and thorough basic training in Internal Medicine, with rotations on general inpatient medicine, HIV medicine, cardiology, and critical care medicine. By the end of training, graduates of our preliminary program are capable of managing most medical conditions. Additionally, all preliminary interns will have at least eight weeks of call-free elective time during the year which can be spent in the Internal Medicine subspecialties, non-medical subspecialties (such as Radiology), and can be completed at any of the campuses in the Mount Sinai Health System.

A typical Preliminary Schedule is as follows:

Prelim Year


General Medicine Floors


Specialty Floors






Night Float




Housestaff Stories

Gibran Shaikh PGY1/Prelim
I chose Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt for the diversity of clinical experiences it offers, the well-developed didactic curriculum, and its optimal location in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It has exceeded my expectations on all accounts. The two hospital locations, long time staples of their respective communities, have allowed me to see the full breadth of pathology in patients from all backgrounds. The daily lecture series taught by Icahn School of Medicine faculty covers the scope of internal medicine and is supplemented by intern morning report, morbidity and mortality, and others which provide site-specific enrichment. Finally, I cannot imagine a better place to live than the UWS: blocks away from Central Park, Time Square, and the Lincoln Center. It is an ideal place to spend a year. Ultimately, I feel confident that after a year at MSSLW I will be able to manage most general medicine problems which I hope to bring to my dermatology residency and beyond

Chloe Goldman PGY1/Prelim
I am so lucky to have matched and trained at Mount Sinai St. Lukes. The breadth of pathology and clinical cases that I am exposed to along with the socioeconomically and ethnically diverse patient population we work with are crucial for preparing me for my subsequent training. It has also been invaluable to have attendings and residents that are supportive, approachable, and team players, as I feel like I am part of a close-knit family. Importantly, as a native New Yorker, I can confidently state that the location is fantastic.