Mount Sinai Neurology Research Residency Track
Mount Sinai Neurology, as a proven national leader in training academic neurologists, and having a dynamic, translational-research focused presence, is well-positioned to support the career development of the neurologist-researcher. We were recently awarded an NIH Research Residency R25 grant, which is designed to facilitate the development of neurologist-scientists by providing mentoring and protected research time during residency and during fellowship. It is an important component of the residency program to mentor clinician-scientists and to encourage them to discover novel ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure diseases of the nervous system.
The research-resident program is intended for the resident with an outstanding bench, computational or clinical research background. The program described below can be varied for individual needs. Residents who want to join the research track match for the regular residency slots and apply for the research-residency during their first year of Neurology (PGY-2). Our residency is uniquely suitable for clinician-scientists due to the accessibility of research opportunities within the department (#7 nationally in NIH funding) and throughout the institution (Neuroscience is #3 nationally) and our collegial and supportive environment. Our most recent class of incoming residents has a strong background in scholarship with an average of more than two first-author publications, many in high impact journals including PNAS, J. Neuroscience and NEJM. Applicants with extensive research backgrounds can contact the Dr. Sealfon (firstname.lastname@example.org), who directs the research residency, if they have specific questions not addressed below.
The Research Resident track has been designed to satisfy all ACGME/RRC curricular requirements for clinical training, which are: a minimum of 18 months (full-time equivalent) of clinical adult neurology, including six months of inpatient experience in adult neurology, and six months (full-time equivalent) of outpatient experience in clinical adult neurology, three months of elective time, three months FTE in clinical child neurology and one month FTE in clinical psychiatry. The outpatient experience must include a resident longitudinal/continuity clinic with attendance by each resident half day weekly throughout the program. The design of the Mount Sinai Neurology Research Residency Track is also congruent with the goals of the ACGME Flexible Training in Neurology program.
A typical program is described below.
--Clinical rotations follow the same PGY2 curriculum as residents not considering the research track.
--RRAC: The residents interested in applying for the research residency track meet with Research Resident Advisory Committee (RRAC) quarterly to help choose a mentor, review progress and develop and guide an individualized research education and career plan. The RRAC, which will meet with the resident through their entire training, serves a role analogous to a graduate school advisory committee. The RRAC meetings will be formal and documented by a brief written evaluation of their progress in the program and recommendations to be shared with the resident. The composition of the RRAC will be individualized for each resident, consisting of: Dr. Sealfon (PI, Dept. Chair), Dr. Krieger (the residency director), the division director in the resident’s most likely area of subspeciality interest, two members of the training faculty in the residents area of interest, including the mentor when selected or potential mentors, and a junior faculty member on the same career track.
--Beginning in the fall, the resident will begin a directed-reading tutorial with the mentor or potential mentor. The goal of the tutorial will be to select the mentor, familiarize the resident with the research area, develop an individualized training plan. Should the resident be unsure of the mentor, he or she can precept with different mentors in the fall and spring terms.
--The mentor (and clinical-area co-mentors) are selected.
--Clinical rotations follow the same PGY-3 curriculum as residents not considering the research track
--RRAC meetings quarterly to review progress and refine research educational plans
--Attend ANA Translation and Clinical Research Course for Clinician Scientists (if accepted)
--Directed reading tutorial with mentor
PGY4 Year: Residents who obtain supplemental funding from the NIH
--Clinical rotations occupy one-half of the academic year. Research residents pursue 6 months of continuous research (80% time) to generate the data needed to apply for a K award under the guidance of the mentor and 6 months of clinical rotations to satisfy all ACGME requirements.
--RRAC meetings quarterly --Responsible conduct of research program
--Grant-writing workshops: Dr. Sealfon holds ~monthly late-Friday afternoon grant preparation workshops as part of the department’s formal mentoring program for junior faculty. One junior faculty member at each session distributes aims or a complete proposed grant and presents it to a 5-6 member “study section” committee assembled from Neurology and other departments and tailored to the needs and research area of the faculty member presenting. The junior faculty attend each other’s presentations and the research residents will also be expected to attend.
--Postdoctoral Office Career Development Seminar Series: Includes: A postdoc’s guide to goal setting and time management, how to give a great talk, conflict resolution/negotiation, and other practical topics.
--Presentation at scientific meeting
--NINDS research-resident workshop
--Generate draft of specific aims for K award application