The Research Residency Program is designed to provide diverse opportunities for promising graduates of MD/PhD programs, as well as MD students, with extensive research experience to continue their development as biomedical investigators during and after their formal clinical residency training. Research Residents are preparing themselves for productive careers in academic medicine.
Individual program sequences are flexible in order to accommodate the achievements and goals of each trainee. Research and clinical training components are integrated in various constellations of five to six years' duration to maximize the acquisition of clinical competence with minimal compromise of the continuum of laboratory research development.
Highlights of the research residency include:
- "Short tracking" of clinical residency and fellowship training taking advantage of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Special Training Pathways -- full details are available at http://www.abp.org.
- Availability of a large array of laboratories and mentors in any basic or clinical science department in the particular area most suited to the resident's interest and qualifications
- Flexibility of training duration and methodologies consistent with various Board requirements
In general the first two to three years of the participant's program will be as a member of the Pediatric house staff at The Mount Sinai Hospital. In this interval, research can begin during elective and free time periods. A special committee of research advisors, who are senior and effective advisors within the Department of Pediatrics, will assist the research resident in identifying the optimal research setting. For some residents in the program, that choice represents a building upon earlier research work without major change in field, whereas for others the choice involves a deliberate application of past experience to a very different kind of research problem. Research Residents will find that the faculty abounds with people who are ready to serve as mentors for trainees.
Following the first two (or three) years as a member of the house staff, the research resident enters his/her chosen fellowship. Research time is carefully integrated into the fellowship portion of the training with the maximum amount of time allowed by the ABP and ACGME protected from clinical responsibilities.
Track Record of Success
The Department of Pediatrics has a track record of successfully guiding trainees through these special training pathways. Trainees have completed or are currently participating in the areas of neonatology, cardiology, and allergy/immunology. Any sub-specialty may be combined with residency in an accelerated training pathway. During the course of clinical training in residency, The Mount Sinai Hospital provides salaries at levels appropriate to housestaff PGY status with full benefits. Residents are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the many available individual extramural grants.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in applying to the Research Residency Program should contact Dr. Forman at the address listed here.
Applicants should formally apply to the residency through ERAS and all candidates are accepted through the NRMP. Based on clinical and research qualifications, the candidates deemed the most appropriate for the Research Residency Program will be invited for special interviews with research faculty in the department in addition to the traditional intern applicant interview process. The Department must receive all application materials for the Research Residency Program no later than November 1.