Message from the Dean

What does it mean to become a Mount Sinai doctor?

Our goal at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is to prepare physicians and scientists to enter the medical field as informed advocates and activists ready to advance research and clinical care, and to be capable of promoting change. All our efforts and reforms are focused on creating a more integrated, patient-centered learning experience in both basic science and clinical medicine.

Groundbreaking change is our legacy. Nearly 50 years ago, leaders of The Mount Sinai Health System had a bold new vision for medical education: a hospital-based medical school that existed without a major university affiliation.

Our seamless connection to the Hospital allows us to teach basic and translational science effectively within a clinical context. As a result, our students see and better understand an incredible range of disease in patients—not just in textbooks.

In its relatively short history, Icahn School of Medicine has established itself as a leader in research and is ranked by the National Institutes of Health and U.S. News & World Report among the country's top 20 medical schools. We have also been recognized by both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association for service to patients in East and Central Harlem, as well as for advocacy for their medical care. No other medical school has consistently achieved such distinction in both the scientific and humanitarian spheres.

With our strengths in science and in the community, our emphasis is on teaching clinicians to think like scientists, and scientists to think about the patients they are working to cure of disease. With 14 translational science institutes, we are uniquely positioned to do this.

Our curriculum innovations build on Mount Sinai's infrastructure and strengths. These include:

  • our longitudinal clinical curriculum, during which first-year students join a physician's practice and follow their own panel of patients for two years;

  • our focus on team building, both in the classroom and in clinical settings;

  • unique opportunities for students to be mentored by world-class researchers in carefully structured research blocks;

  • our competency-based approach to education, which is designed to integrate the learning of foundational science and clinical medicine;

  • the redesign of courses and content to support translational science;

  • our new tailor-made clerkship experiences.

Through team learning and our honor-based exam system, we also foster integrity and professionalism in all our future physicians and researchers.

To support our faculty and students, we are continually developing extraordinary teaching space equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Over the past three years, we have invested $15 million in classrooms, labs, and other facilities throughout our campus—innovations that enable Icahn School of Medicine to create a curriculum that can serve as a model for medical education reform.

The programs and advances you will read about represent a bold departure from the traditional medical school model. They reflect the School's long-standing commitment to enrich the medical field with humanistic, scholarly physicians who are self-directed, lifelong learners. Nothing could be more important to the future of medicine.

David Muller, MD
Professor and Chair, Dean for Medical Education

Dean's Report

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