Preliminary Year


The University of Colorado offers an excellent one-year program for medical school graduates who will be pursuing other subspecialties. Preliminary interns have the same high quality and high autonomy patient care experiences as Categorical interns.  Preliminary interns experience a variety of inpatient venues, work in ambulatory clinics at the VA, do a rotation in the University emergency room, and have a wide range of elective opportunities. The primary differences between Preliminary and Categorical interns include activities during the +4 clinic month, which vary depending upon the destination specialty, and having one additional elective than Categorical interns. Those that have matched into a categorical program with their PGY2 specialty also spend time with their parent program.