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 that so many end up in prestigious fellowship programs throughout the country and around the world.
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, a committee provides direct mentorship for each trainee to match research opportunities with career goals. Each mentor advises a maximum of six residents affording the development of closely individualized projects and career developments. A directory of research opportunities is published annually by Icahn School of Medicine 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 at the nearby New York Academy of Medicine. The day allows for presentation of residents’ research in poster and oral presentation in clinical medicine formats. 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, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, General Internal Medicine, Medical Informatics, Rheumatology/Geriatrics and Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care. Residents can choose either inpatient consult electives or outpatient electives. Residents may also elect to do clinical rotations away from Mount Sinai Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital or the Bronx VA to gain experience outside of the known medical centers.
Upon arrival, each intern is assigned an advisor within the program to provide biannual feedback including review of evaluations and career development. This person serves as a mentor for your professional development throughout your three years at Mount Sinai. Preliminary interns are also assigned to one of the four chief medical residents to serve the same purpose. Regular seminars for residents regarding fellowships as well as making career decisions are held.
Fellowship and Beyond: A large majority of our residents successfully compete for the most prestigious fellowship positions. For the residents choosing to remain in primary care, we make special efforts to find general medicine fellow¬ships 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.
Fellowship and Career Planning
The Department of Medicine continues to work with its residents beyond their period of training. Through a mentorship committee, each resident will be assigned a faculty member to assist in appropriate career planning. A large majority of our residents successfully compete for the most prestigious fellowship positions.
The Department of Medicine offers fellowship training in:
During elective blocks, residents may choose to rotate through sub-specialty consult teams or perform research within the divisional programs.
For 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. In addition, The Mount Sinai Medical Center has a large network of affiliated private practice sites, as well as hospital- and community-based primary care opportunities. We attempt to find appropriate positions that mix teaching and patient care for each of our graduates so that there is continuity between training and practice. With the changing health care market, we feel that our approach to this responsibility is a very important part of our program.