The Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership (PORTAL) program is a highly selective dual degree program that you may be eligible for if you are experienced in the clinical research environment and want to create a foundation for a career in translational research. PORTAL offers you the unique opportunity to earn a dual MD/MSCR degree.

It is a strongly mentored program, designed to encourage the career development of medical students who seek to become leaders as physician-scientists. Through our multidisciplinary approach, as a student in the PORTAL program you obtain rigorous didactic and practical training in the field of clinical investigation from the very beginning.

Program Objectives

The PORTAL program guides you in designing and conducting original research studies, leading to new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease. This comprehensive dual degree program prepares you for a future as lifelong learners and for careers in academia, research institutes, industry, or regulatory agencies.

Admissions Requirements

If you have applied to the MD program and have been invited for an interview, you will receive an application for PORTAL. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the MD program, you will need to have substantive clinical or translational research experience. We base all decisions on merit and without discrimination because of race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

PORTAL Leadership & Staff

PORTAL leadership and staff include those who work across all of our clinical research programs, as well as those dedicated to PORTAL specifically. Our program provides you with diverse and extraordinary expertise in clinical research.

Director, PORTAL Program (MD/MSCR)
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Professor of Medicine and Immunology

Associate Director, PORTAL Program (MD/MSCR)
Associate Director, MSRO
Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Director, MSCR Program
Co-Program Director, PORTAL
Professor of Medicine

Professor and Vice Chair, Population Health Science and Policy
Co-Director, MSCR Program
Co-Director, PORTAL Program

Program Coordinator
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Medical Education, Box 1255
Tel: 212-241-8317
Fax: 212-241-4288