Curriculum

Fellows attend weekly departmental Grand Rounds, Division of Rheumatology Grand Rounds, which is a 90-minute case-based discussion, including a journal club component and a divisional weekly lecture series. And once a month, Bone Radiology joins the lecture series. 


Research

Research opportunities are available in areas of immunology, biochemistry, and clinical studies. Research can be undertaken in association with individuals throughout The Mount Sinai Health System. Learn more about research opportunities at Mount Sinai.

The following research highlights of the last few years demonstrate the numerous ways in which the current faculty is building upon historical strengths in this field

  • A phase I  clinical trial is currently in progress to study novel therapeutics for cardiovascular and neurological forms of transthyretin-associated amyloidosis, the most common form of hereditary amyloidosis.
  • Positive results, presented to the Federal Drug Administration in April 2008, were obtained from a phase III trial for a novel therapy for patients with treatment-refractory gout. The treatment was found to be more efficacious than a placebo in reducing uric acid and incidence of gout attacks, and in the disappearance of tophi (nodular masses of uric acid crystals).
  • Mount Sinai is the second site in the United States where a National Institutes of Health (NIH-funded) international study is examining efficacy of diflunisal (Dolobid®) as a novel therapeutic agent for familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy, a genetic disease caused by mutations in the protein transthyretin.
  • Robert Spiera, MD, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, participated in NIH-sponsored studies of Wegener’s granulomatosis. Dr. Spiera is also examining the potential use of imatinib (Gleevec®) as a therapeutic agent for recent-onset scleroderma.

Each spring, the Department of Medicine hosts its Annual Housestaff Research Day to showcase the collaborative research efforts between faculty and trainees.

All Medicine Housestaff members who are pursing basic or clinical research submit an abstract and present their work on posters. Participants present their work to the Research Day Advisory Committee, consisting of interdisciplinary faculty as well as colleagues and other members of the academic community and administration.

During the day’s festivities, a keynote lecture is given, and members of the housestaff are pre-selected by the Research Day Advisory Committee to give oral presentations to a curious, interdisciplinary audience

Housestaff Research Day at Mount Sinai has strengthened the relationship between the faculty and housestaff Residents and fellows formulate ideas and collaborate with their faculty mentors, furthering the commitment of both parties to ongoing learning and discovery, while meeting training requirements. In the Department of Medicine, residents in training learn the skills to pursue scientific inquiry throughout their professional careers. They are mentored in this process by the full-time faculty and a range of other professionals at Mount Sinai, in the clinical and basic sciences departments.