Thank you for your interest in the Preliminary Internal Medicine training program at the University of Maryland. Our preliminary program director is Dr. Christina Koch, who also serves as an Associate Program Director for our internal medicine residency program. Interns in our preliminary program receive comprehensive training in internal medicine to prepare them for their advanced residency training. Please read below for some of the highlights of our preliminary medicine program and visit our main website for more details about our training program.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted through ERAS and all positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please visit the Application Process for more details. For other correspondence, you can reach us at

We have several preliminary tracks.

  • Preliminary internal medicine track (NRMP 1252140P0)
  • Med-prelim/neurology (NRMP 1252140P1) is reserved for those who match to Neurology at UMMC.
  • International scholars (NRMP 1252140P2) is for international graduates who are supported by SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission).

Please note – the preliminary medicine program at Mercy Medical Center (our community affiliate) is a separate program and you must send them a separate ERAS application. Please see Mercy Medical Center for more information.

Interview Process

All interviews for preliminary intern candidates are conducted via telephone in November, December, and January. Each telephone interview is 20 minutes with the program director or an associate program director. The week prior to your interview, you will receive an email with orientation slides, roster of current residents and bibliography of our residents' abstracts and publications. You will have plenty of time to discuss your interests and for us to tell you about our program and answer your questions.

We suggest that you review the following pages on our website prior to your telephone interview:

Option to meet our chief residents and tour UMMC and the VA

If you have been selected for a telephone interview and would like to meet with our Chief Residents and have a tour of our hospital, we are happy to schedule this for you. Please contact us at  

Curriculum Overview

Interns in the preliminary program complete 9 inpatient rotations and 3 months of electives. We ensure that all interns have balanced experiences at both UMMC and the VA during inpatient and elective blocks.

  • 9 blocks Inpatient Services: Includes medicine floors, ICU's, night float, and day float rotations
  • 3 blocks Electives: Divided into 6 two-week elective blocks throughout the academic year
  • 0.5 blocks Urgent Care: Completed at the Baltimore VA Medical Center
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
    • One two-week block and one week during elective
    • Preliminary interns remaining at UMMC for their training have a 4th week of vacation at the end of the year (June 24-30).
    • Preliminary interns who are transitioning to residency at another institution are not paid for the week of June 24-30.


Preliminary interns can choose from a wide variety of electives in the medical subspecialties, research electives, or electives outside of our department in your field of interest. Interns are also able to create their own electives that meet their educational needs – whether at Maryland or other sites around the country and globe. See selections available at Elective and Research Opportunities.

Anesthesiology Preliminary Interns

Preliminary interns who plan advanced training in anesthesiology complete 2 months of MICU and 1 month of emergency medicine as part of their CBY (clinical base year) requirement for anesthesiology and may request extra ICU months.

Combined Program Neurology Preliminary Interns

Preliminary neurology interns staying at UMMC for their neurology training complete 2 weeks of neuro-ICU and 2 weeks of outpatient neurology clinics as part of their elective time during intern year.