The Academy for Medicine and the Humanities invites students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) to propose ideas for projects in the medical arts and humanities that would be eligible for summer funding. Projects should relate to the student’s previous experience and future professional or academic goals. Examples of successful projects include:
- Developing curricula (e.g., creation of an Academy / Nexus course)
- Conducting research (e.g., in medical humanities education)
- Developing creative projects with a grounding in clinical experience and a clear objective that serves medicine
- Producing publishable articles, intended for an academic or popular audience
The program director, consulting with other faculty, approves all projects, including the topic and clinical experience. Once the project is approved, the director assigns the student at least one mentor; some projects require separate mentors for the clinical and for the artistic or academic aspects.
Students must select a clinical mentor from the ISMMS faculty. Non-clinical mentors must have a demonstrated record of expertise in their area of study. All mentors who are not ISMMS faculty members must submit a letter of commitment to the mentor role and in support of the project.
We strongly encourage you to produce a paper, journal article, presentation, public policy intervention, or program evaluation, and to submit work for presentation at external scientific meetings and/ or for publication in peer-reviewed journals. In some cases, external dissemination of your work will qualify for Distinction in Research.
Participating in the Medical Humanities Scholars Track allows you to fulfill their research graduation requirement by submitting a first-author abstract approved by the mentor and track advisor for Medical Student Research Day and presenting the project as a poster or an oral talk. We anticipate that students who continue to work on their summer projects during Flex Time in the fall of Year 2 will be able to fulfill the graduation requirement at Research Day in the spring of Year 2.