Health Pulse: ISMMS Med Students Branch Out

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is expanding its Academic Partnerships to technology companies.

 – August 11, 2015  –– 

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is building partnerships with Google, IBM and other technology companies in a move to offer medical students an entree into nontraditional career paths. In the new program, students can apply to conduct research at IBM or at Google Life Sciences labs in California. The two-year Google fellowship takes place between the third and fourth years. Opportunities for industry experience also go beyond tech: two ISMMS students are currently doing a two-year fellowship at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., while Deloitte recently agreed to a similar partnership. Icahn School of Medicine also is in talks with the management consulting firm Bain & Co. Those firms amount to a fine start, but Dr. David Muller, the medical school's dean, said, "I don't want it to look like we are only looking for corporate opportunities." He said he would be interested in partnerships with organizations as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the United Nations. Immersion in different professional realms, he added, could benefit students who ultimately pursue clinical work. Read more [Subscription required].