About the PORTAL (MD/MSCR) Program

Mount Sinai's Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program has grown exponentially since launching as a two-year part-time program for fellows and junior faculty. As interest among medical students in clinical research steadily increased, the program expanded to include the unique opportunity for students to earn a dual MD/MSCR degree.

The PORTAL (Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership) program is a highly selective, strongly mentored program, designed to encourage the career development of medical students who seek to become leaders as physician-scientists. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the PORTAL program provides rigorous training in the field of clinical investigation, integrated from the very beginning of their training into students' medical education.

PORTAL Program Objectives

The PORTAL program is directed at teaching participants how to design and carry out original research studies leading to new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the disease. This comprehensive dual degree program prepares students for a future as life-long learners and careers in academia, research institutes, industry or regulatory agencies.

Curriculum and Research

Students in the PORTAL program are taught the techniques and introduced to the thought processes used by patient-oriented clinical and translational researchers. The curriculum focuses on helping students gain critical thinking skills and offers a solid foundation for conducting independent patient-oriented research studies.

For their thesis research, students pursue original scholarly research on a subject of their choice, guided by a faculty mentor and the program directors. This entails the formulation of a research question, the design and conduct of a research plan, analysis of resulting data, and presentation of the findings.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the MD program, PORTAL applicants must have had some clinical or translational research experience. All decisions are made on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation.

 Applying to PORTAL

Applications to PORTAL will be sent to students who have applied to the MD program and been invited for an interview.


Contact Us

Karen Zier, PhD
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Tel: 212-241-4429
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Christina Wyatt, MD
Associate Director
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Alecia Williams
Program Administrator
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