Are Student Research Requirements Redefining Medical Education? Or Will The Trend Come to An End?

A conference, entitled "Integrating Student Research into the Medical School Curriculum," will take place Friday, February 24, from 8:15 AM to 7:30 PM, at the New York Academy of Sciences.

New York
 – February 23, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

David Muller, MD, Dean for Medical Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, says that the recent addition of mandatory research training in many medical school curriculums is the most important new development in medical education in the last five to seven years.

"A mandatory research requirement for medical students was something that until recently we only saw occasionally, but now it’s almost an expectation," Dr. Muller.  "It’s beginning to determine how schools market themselves, and it’s affecting residency applications and how applicants decide where to apply."

A conference sponsored by Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation will bring together top experts in the field to discuss whether student research requirements have redefined medical education and raised the standards of rigor and excellence in medical schools.  

The conference, entitled "Integrating Student Research into the Medical School Curriculum," will take place Friday, February 24, from 8:15 AM to 7:30 PM, at the New York Academy of Sciences’ downtown Manhattan offices at 250 Greenwich Street.  Speakers will be from the National Institutes of Health as well as prominent medical schools across the country, including, Mount Sinai, UCSF, Stanford, Mayo, Yale, Brown, Pittsburgh, and Harvard.

More information about the conference, including a full agenda, can be found at:

Topics for discussion at the conference include the pros and cons of mandatory medical student research for diverse types of medical careers, from translational scientist to rural primary care physician; the requirements for medical schools to provide a meaningful research experience, and; the moral impetus to offer research training, since tuition fees are used to fund institutional research infrastructure.

"Already one-third of Mount Sinai students take an extra year of medical school to gain research experience, which would have been unheard of until recently," said Dr. Muller.  "Should it redefine how we train tomorrow’s physicians, or is it merely a passing trend?"

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The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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