At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we want the physicians we train to be lifelong learners, growing and adapting as medicine evolves. This will help you provide the highest possible quality of medical care, and to experience your own intellectual fulfillment as well.
Within the four years, you have many opportunities to enrich your education, though the demands of required coursework and clinical responsibilities may limit your choices. This is why a growing number of students elect to spend a full year carrying out a scholarly project.
Some students opt to conduct a research 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 can not only enhance your ability to be a lifelong learner, but may also help you identify an area in medicine that you can be most passionate about.
To take advantage of the Scholarly Year program, you will need to be in good standing, have completed your second or third year of medical school, and be committed to spending a year on your project. This may be conducted either at ISMMS or another approved site, offering you a more intensive research experience than otherwise possible.