Preliminary Year Residency Program

Our Commitment

The Preliminary Year Residency Program offers an enriching year of internal medicine training, which thoroughly and comprehensively prepares trainees for their future specialty of choice. The preliminary year affords an optimal balance of educational rigor and flexibility to tailor one’s intern experience. Our graduates leave our program with a strong internal medicine foundation that serves them very well throughout their training and future careers.


The program director is Dr. Jennifer Corbelli, who holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Education and published and presented nationally her work in educational scholarship. She has a special interest in health care for the underserved and is co-medical director of the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP). Dr. Corbelli practices primary care medicine at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, with a particular focus on women’s health including provision of contraception services. She also regularly attends on the hospital service at UPMC Montefiore.

Educational Strengths and Mentorship

Preliminary year residents have the same ready access as categorical residents to diverse and rich educational opportunities. These include daily conferences, weekly intern reports, monthly evidence-basic medicine conferences, morbidity and mortality and clinical reasoning conferences, among many others. Our preliminary year residents also benefit from the outstanding and individualized mentorship from the Internal Medicine Program’s Chief Medical Residents, and from a critical mass of medical educators in the Department of Medicine who are nationally recognized for their expertise in education and innovation.

Clinical Opportunities

The UPMC Preliminary Year Residency Program is fully integrated with the UPMC Internal Medicine Categorical Residency Training Program. Rotation options and experiences are identical to those of categorical program trainees, with the exception that preliminary year residents do not have their own continuity clinic. Residents benefit from the fact that we are the region’s largest referral center, with world-class case exposure. This is balanced with rotations at the VA Hospital, which traditionally offers more “bread and butter” Internal Medicine and complements the exposure to the rare and/or very complicated case variety more often seen at the university hospital. Residents also have the opportunity to rotate at Shadyside hospital, which provides world class oncology training including the opportunity to care for patients undergoing CAR-T cell therapy


All preliminary year residents have extensive opportunity to participate in any research area of interest, with access to nationally renowned investigators who are excited to mentor our trainees.  We harness resources from a world-class research university and Department of Medicine ranked #5 and #6 respectively in NIH funding.  Residents who wish to present work nationally will be supported to attend conferences regardless of the rotation they are on at the time.



4-5 Elective Blocks

1-2 Blocks ICU (MICU/CCU)

3-5 Blocks of Inpatient Medicine

  • May include inpatient cardiology rotation and inpatient hematology/oncology rotation
  • 0.5 - 1 Block Night Float

The Transitional Year Program has an ambulatory and emergency medicine rotation requirement, the Preliminary Year Residency Program does not. Your specialty of choice may suggest or require an emergency medicine rotation in the intern year and this can be tailored to each preliminary year resident's residency specialty and goals for the year.


See examples of electives, below. Blocks are on average 4 weeks with three weeks of vacation.  

Department of Medicine electives:





Infectious diseases


Palliative care

Pulmonary medicine

Renal medicine


Research elective

Interdepartmental electives:



Emergency Medicine










To Apply

The preliminary year program has a unique NRMP code and accepts applications only through the ERAS system.

For more information about the UPMC Preliminary Year Residency Program, please contact