IM Interns

The one-year UC Davis Preliminary Internal Medicine Internship provides a solid foundation for further training in non-internal medicine specialties such as dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, neurology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

UC Davis has 6-7 preliminary medicine interns each year.  Some of these positions are reserved for the UC Davis Neurology Categorical Residency Program and are filled through their match process. The remaining positions are open to all applicants and are filled through our Match (the prelim program has its own match number).

Preliminary interns have a nearly identical experience to the internal medicine categorical intern, the main different being that they do not have a continuity clinic experience (unless they request one.

Highlights of the current prelim year schedule include:

  • 8 weeks of ambulatory rotations including urgent care clinic, subspecialty medicine clinics, weekly journal clubs
  • Inpatient rotations at UCD, VA, and Kaiser including cardiology, ICU, hematology/oncology, and general internal medicine services
  • ER and elective time for all interns
  • 4 weeks of vacation plus 5 days off at the end of the year
  • Schedules are adjusted to meet requirements for the future training of our prelims.  For example, schedules for those going into anesthesia are adjusted to meet the anesthesiology requirement of 1 month of both ER and ICU experiences in internship.
  • Prelim interns can participate in our intern research curriculum and start working on research projects during internship.

Preliminary interns are expected to participate in all of the same didactics, seminars, journal clubs, and social events that the program has to offer.

I am confident that our preliminary interns leave our program with strong clinical skills that will serve them well in their next stage of training. Those staying on at UC Davis for their advanced training find the relationships that they developed with internal medicine residents and faculty very valuable in their future roles.  The friendships developed can last a lifetime.

The application requirements for the preliminary program are the same as for categorical residents.  For those selected for an interview, we have specific preliminary internship interview days from November through January.  We do require an interview. 

If you have any questions, please call 916-734-7087/916-734-7080 or e-mail us at