The Nuclear Medicine Residency Program is a three-year training program. The Program requires an internship year as a prerequisite to residency training. The program meets all requirements of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine in Nuclear Medicine.
Advances in the field of Nuclear Medicine have significantly increased the educational needs of residents over the past decade. The teaching program at The Mount Sinai Health System is a dynamic one that is responsive to these changes. We strive to provide our residents with the knowledge and skills that are required for any possible future experience in Nuclear Medicine that they might aspire to - including a research position at a university, clinical subspecialty practice at a major medical center, or a general Nuclear Medicine practice in a community setting.
To achieve this goal, we teach residents with a combination of didactic lectures and participation at interactive resident conferences. We offer a comprehensive orientation lecture series for our new residents and provide an extensive resident conference schedule. At Mount Sinai, resident conferences are conducted at least twice per day; often there are three conferences in a day. Departmental conferences occur several times a day at Mount Sinai and are open to all residents.
Residents rotate through various subspecialties from the very beginning of their training. These include General Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Positron Emission Tomography, Body CT, and the Radionuclide Laboratory. Each subspecialty is under the supervision of a faculty member. During early training, emphasis is placed on the basic sciences and fundamentals of nuclear medicine.
All subspecialties approach resident teaching in a similar manner. Residents are an integral part of each area; the nature of their participation is dependent upon their level of training as well as their personal knowledge and skill. Attendings supervise all scan reading and procedures. Junior residents initially observe procedures performed by senior residents and the supervising attending physician. As the resident gains more experience, he/she becomes more actively involved in the decision-making process and in the performance of the procedures. All residents are under the supervision of at least one attending, this apprenticeship method works well for residents at all levels of training. The Program is quite close to being a tutorial "one-on-one" program.
All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service [ERAS]. Information regarding this process can be obtained from the Dean's Office of all United States Medical Schools or from the ECFMG.
The application deadline is November 1 every year. Sometimes the Deans' letters do not arrive until after that date, but all other materials must be entered into ERAS by November 1. A complete application includes the ERAS application, numerical USMLE scores, curriculum vitae, personal statement, Dean's letter, official transcript, Proof of at least one year of training in an ACGME accredited program in a clinical area (Training in USA), and three letters of recommendation.
This program is receiving approximately 40-50 applications per slot available in any year. Approximately 10-15% of those with completed applications are interviewed. The department does not regard sex, religion, or racial background relevant factors when considering applicants for residency positions.
Mrs. Sheldene Holder
Department of Nuclear Medicine
The Mount Sinai Health System
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574