About Scholarly Year
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai aims to produce physicians who are lifelong learners, able to grow as the field of medicine develops. This ability enables them not only to provide the highest quality medical care to their patients, but also to fulfill themselves intellectually.
Within the four-year School curriculum, medical students have many opportunities to enrich their education, but these experiences are limited by extensive required course work and clinical responsibilities. Hence, a growing number of students elect to spend a full year carrying out a scholarly project of their choice.
Some students opt to conduct a project in order to obtain mentored, one-on-one research training, while others engage in a service or advocacy project with a faculty mentor. Such experiences not only enhance the ability to be a lifelong learner, but may also help students to identify an area in medicine in which they would like to work after graduation.
The Scholarly Year program is available to students who are in good standing, have completed their second or third year of medical school and choose to devote a year to conducting research or working on another type of scholarly project. This year, which may be conducted either at Icahn School of Medicine or another approved site, offers students a more intensive research experience than otherwise possible. The Medical Student Research Office also offers a didactic curriculum and work-in-progress forum for scholarly year students through the SYNERGISM (Scholarly Year Network to Encourage Research Growth in Students of Medicine) program.
Exploring A Scholarly Year
Students considering a Scholarly Year first meet with Dr. Zier or Dr. Wyatt in the Medical Student Research Office to discuss their plans. They receive assistance with identifying national fellowship programs that support their goals and objectives, such as the Howard Hughes Research Scholars Program, or the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, as well as other sources of funding to support a scholarly year. Help is also available in identifying a mentor at Mount Sinai.
Projects must ask a question of scientific, social, or other type of scholarly value and be capable of completion within the time frame available. Research topics in the humanities as well as the sciences are encouraged. All projects, other than those done as part of a national research fellowship program, must be approved by the Medical Student Research Office in order to be certain the experience will result in a rich, productive year.
For further information, please review the Scholarly Year Guidelines.
Karen Zier, PhD
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Christina Wyatt, MD
Icahn School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Annenberg 13-30, Box 1257
New York, NY 10029