Medical Education and Research

CMCA Summer Research Program for First-Year MSSM Medical Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Despite a marked improvement in the overall health status of citizens of the United States, not all Americans have benefited equally from improvements in care. Racial and ethnic health disparities in death, disease, and disability still persist. The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) summer research program was established to provide mentored summer research opportunities for first-year Mount Sinai school of medicine medical students who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. As a HRSA-funded center of excellence in minority health and in support of developing a minority health research agenda at MSSM, CMCA offers a $3,000 stipend for an 8 week mentored summer research experience for a limited number of MSSM first year medical students who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. The applicant must demonstrate an interest in gaining tangible skills, training, and experience in the basic concepts of basic, clinical, health services, and or community-engaged research with a focus on disparities in health particularly among underserved, vulnerable, and minority populations. Opportunities for involvement in research focused on health disparities are both broad and diverse and can be made available through the CMCA'S collaboration with the Mount Sinai medical student research office, various Departments, and with our community partners in East Harlem and elsewhere in New York City. Project reports of either qualitative or quantitative results will be presented at the project conclusion, and presentations may occur in several venues, including CMCA journal club, CMCA community health symposium, and medical student research day. CMCA will assist students with identifying researchg mentors and in the submission of abstracts.


To establish an award program that provides first-year URM medical students mentored, self-initiated projects, which targets a unique question in health outcomes disparities and minority health.


  • To develop and support URM medical student interest in a broad array of racial and ethnic disparities in health.

  • To increase knowledge/awareness of issues related to minority, disadvantaged, and underserved population in the context of their communities within the United States and abroad.

  • To develop ongoing mentorship relationships for students with mentors from CMCA partners and affiliates.

Program Benefits

Benefits of participation in the CMCA Summer Health Services Research program include, but are not limited to:

  • Stipend of $3,000 for eight weeks
  • Mentorship with a faculty member
  • Work on a focused research project for eight weeks
  • Present research project at the CMCA Journal Club and at Research Day sponsored by the Medical Student Research Office
  • Opportunities to network with faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine
  • Participate in professional development workshops
  • Access to professional and technical resources

For Additional Information:

Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH
Associate Director of Operations
Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1035
New York, NY 10029
Tel: (212) 241-8886
Fax: (212) 241-3594