Distinction in Research

Distinction in Research Guidelines for Students and Mentors 

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers various programs to encourage your participation in research studies and provide you with the opportunity to learn how to conduct an original research study. This may well be your first step to becoming an independent investigator. Some programs enable you to take ownership of a project and to develop your critical thinking skills and creativity.

Throughout the course of these programs, we teach you how to:

  • Identify a scientific question and develop a hypothesis
  • Formulate the specific aim(s)
  • Design a research plan
  • Analyze data
  • Write up your findings

For those of you who publish a peer-reviewed manuscript on which you are the first author or who submit a first author manuscript of your work that is judged to be of publication quality by an ad hoc Distinction in Research Committee, we offer the award of Graduation with Distinction in Research. If you graduate with Distinction in Research, we note it in your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), in the commencement program, and on your diplomas.

In order to qualify for graduation with Distinction in Research, you must:

  1. Be in good academic standing at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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  3. Publish a first author manuscript on an original research study in a peer-reviewed journal and submit a completed application, including a copy of the manuscript, to the Medical Student Research Office by March 1 of your fourth year. Review articles and case reports do not qualify.
  4.  
  5. Submit a letter from your mentor endorsing the submission and supporting the your application for Distinction in Research.

Or:

You must:

  1. Submit a manuscript on the research project to the Medical Student Research Office if your manuscript has not yet been accepted for publication by February 1 of your fourth year. An ad hoc Distinction in Review committee will make the decision as to whether the manuscript is of publishable quality and qualifies you to graduate with Distinction in Research. If this option is chosen, we will ask you to suggest the names of four or five potential reviewers who have agreed to serve on the ad hoc committee. Reviewers should be familiar with the field, but not associated with the project. Please submit contact information for reviewers by email to medicalstudentresearch@mssm.edu. Please cc Grace Oluoch at grace.oluoch@mssm.edu.
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  3. Submit letter from the mentor endorsing the submission and supporting your application for Distinction in Research.

Students in the MSTP program are not eligible.

Please submit all documents, including your application form, manuscript, contact information for reviewers, and mentor's letter of support electronically to medicalstudentresearch@mssm.edu. Please cc: Grace Olouch at grace.oluoch@mssm.edu.

Application Form