At Mount Sinai, we provide a well-rounded and comprehensive training program that encompasses all aspects of academic medicine. We consider it a point of pride that so many of our residents have not only published major papers by the time they leave us, but also end up in prestigious fellowship programs throughout the country and around the world.
Upon arrival as an intern, you are assigned an advisor within the program to provide semi-annual feedback including review of evaluations and career goals. This person serves as a mentor for your professional development throughout your three years at Mount Sinai. Seminars for residents regarding fellowship applications as well as future career planning are held regularly.
Under the direction of clinical and basic science research directors, research opportunities abound at Mount Sinai. Residents are required to participate in scholarly activity with a faculty member during the course of their training. The Department of Medicine ranks in the top 20 of NIH-funded academic medicine departments. A state-of-the-art core facility in genomic and proteomic medicine has facilitated the development of a broad Personalized Medicine Program that crosses all subspecialties and is centered in the Department of Medicine.
Starting in internship, you will meet with our APDs for research, Cardinale Smith, MD, MPH, and Steven Coca, DO, who will connect you to a research mentor who shares your particular interests. A directory of research opportunities is published annually by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with specific references to the research projects that welcome housestaff as participants. Research opportunities are also available in areas closely linked to primary care such as outcomes and quality of care research. Housestaff research efforts culminate in a Department of Medicine Research Day each spring when residents present their data in oral and poster format. A guest speaker is chosen each year to demonstrate the evolving role of translational science.
The elective months are an important part of the resident’s training. Not only can they help enrich the general medical training, but they can help residents gain insight into possible future careers. The Department of Medicine offers electives in Cardiology, Clinical Immunology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Liver Diseases, Medical Informatics, Nephrology, Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care and Rheumatology. Residents can choose either inpatient consult or outpatient electives.
Fellowship and Beyond
A large majority of our residents successfully compete for the most prestigious fellowship positions. During fellowship applications, each resident is also assigned to a faculty mentor in their specialty of choice to help them with the challenges of applying to competitive fellowships. For the residents choosing to remain in primary care, we make special efforts to find general medicine fellowships for those wishing to gain further expertise or pursue careers in academic medicine. Additionally, the Department of Medicine continues to work with its residents beyond their period of training, assisting them with career decisions after residency.