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Internal Medicine Preliminary Residency (Minnesota)

Program description

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

Although schedules vary slightly, preliminary medicine residents are otherwise indistinguishable from categorical residents and enjoy the same benefits and responsibilities.


The preliminary internal medicine residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and residents are included within the ACGME complement of the first year of the Internal Medicine Residency.


Residents are not eligible to obtain any board certifications for this one-year program, but the year does satisfy the eligibility criteria of many specialty programs for continued training toward certification (e.g. Anesthesia, Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, PM&R, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, etc).

Program history

The Internal Medicine Preliminary Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester has been in existence since 1966. More than 750 physicians have completed training since that time. It is currently anticipated that 24 residents will complete training in this program annually.

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