Our mission is to produce physicians and scientists who are prepared to enter society as informed advocates and activists who are able to advance clinical care and science and promote change.
Guiding principles offer us an opportunity to reflect upon our own values and beliefs about learning, allow us to critically evaluate what we are doing and provide a framework for our educational activities. The 11 guiding principles for the MD Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are:
- Provide early and longitudinal patient care experiences, with progressive clinical responsibilities throughout the continuum of care and across the spectrum of disease.
- Provide a curriculum that is responsive to the educational needs of students, supports different learning styles, is interactive, evolving, and promotes professional and personal growth.
- Emphasize the integration of biological and social determinants of health, disease, and treatment throughout the curriculum through approaches that incorporate cutting-edge scientific advances and evidence-based reasoning.
- Offer frequent formative feedback to guide learning and milestone-based assessments to prepare students for the supervised practice of medicine.
- Incorporate a network of mentorship throughout the learning environment.
- Promote respectful collaboration in working toward common goals.
- Instill commitment to the dignity of patients, health advocacy, and social responsibility.
- Promote and develop leadership skills that enable students to use the profession to effect change.
- Facilitate development of the student as a life-long partner.
- Foster the appropriate use of technology to improve patient care and facilitate knowledge acquisition.
- Through a mentored scholarly project, develop intellectual curiosity and an understanding of how research informs health and healthcare.
Competency domains serve as a curriculum framework to impart the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes.