Areas of Focus

We offer rich opportunities in all areas of Emergency Medicine. We offer specialized training in these areas of focus:

  • Critical Care
  • Global Health
  • Informatics
  • Pediatrics
  • Research
  • Simulation
  • Ultrasound

The emergency departments at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center take an advanced, comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of critically ill patients. Both sites provide early goal-directed therapy for sepsis, induced hypothermia after cardiac arrest, and advanced thermodynamic monitoring. As residents develop their critical care skills, they progress from learners to leaders of resuscitations.

Division faculty and national leaders in emergency critical care provide monthly lectures on ED critical care topics. Every year we hold the NYC ED Critical Care Conference, attended by more than 400 residents. The Division also offers a Senior Specialty Track on resuscitation, which includes advanced airway management, critical trauma care, and ICU level monitoring and therapies.

Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine residents have many exciting global health opportunities, from electives to a specialty track designed to prepare them for global health careers. Residents take advantage of our Department's relationships with institutions in Italy, Holland, Chile, and Honduras during their elective time.

The Senior Specialty Track, one of the most popular, is supervised by Sigrid Hahn, MD, director of the Emergency Medicine Division of Global Health and one of the leaders of the Mount Sinai Global Health Center (GHC). Specialty Track residents gain global health skills via a didactic and field-based curriculum. Residents take courses through Mount Sinai's Master in Public Health program covering topics such as "Introduction to Global Health" and "Refugee Health." Participants can also choose to pursue a full MPH degree.

The two-to-three-month field experience is based at one of the GHC's partner sites, which include non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and hospitals in underserved areas. Currently some senior residents are working in Myanmar with The MENTOR Initiative, an NGO. This organization specializes in providing malaria and dengue fever control through technical and operational support in emergencies and recovering crises. Other residents are based in Liberia with a multi-institutional consortium striving to rebuild health care capacity after years of devastating conflict in the region. Residents build practical skills and make contacts in the field that will be crucial to pursuing international EM fellowships or moving directly into careers in global health.


Mount Sinai has been a driving force in emergency department informatics, and both major training sites offer the highest levels of technology geared towards patient care. Mount Sinai and Elmhurst EDs have fully implemented electronic health records, including computerized physician order entry, charting and results retrieval, as well as integration with clinics and inpatient units. Mount Sinai's emergency department information system (EDIS) has received several awards, and Elmhurst was chosen to pilot an EDIS to be implemented at all city hospitals.

Mount Sinai's cutting-edge informatics environment, guided by the Division of Informatics, a national leader in the field, provides interested residents with opportunities for involvement in administrative endeavors and research. Residents have taken an active role in the constant enhancement and updating of the systems at both sites, and have been involved with researching the EDIS impact on efficiency, guideline compliance, and patient outcomes.

The Senior Specialty Track in informatics gives residents the background and experience to pursue a rewarding career in medical informatics administration or informatics research.

Seven knowledgeable and highly experienced fellowship-trained attendings comprise the faculty of our pediatric curriculum. They teach, supervise, and provide our residents with well-rounded exposure to pediatric care and to patients of all ages. Rotations at Elmhurst Hospital Center as well as in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital are essential to developing our residents' expertise in treating acutely ill pediatric patients through all stages of their illnesses. We dedicate several Emergency Medicine rotations to pediatric emergency medicine, and all EM rotations during the third and fourth years include shifts in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai's pediatric ED sees more than 30,000 patients yearly, including many subspecialty patients from the transplant, hematology/oncology, metabolic, and endocrinology services. Residents also treat pediatric patients during their orthopedics rotation. A pediatric elective and Senior Specialty Track are also available to interested residents.

The resident research curriculum is designed to provide residents with a foundation of research skills through didactics and hands-on work on research projects. A resident lecture series covers basic research concepts, and a monthly Research Division seminar is open to residents. Over the course of their residency, residents also have several blocks dedicated to research during which they either pursue their own ideas or participate in one of the faculty's exciting ongoing research projects. Active areas of research include health policy and access to care, neurologic emergencies, ultrasound, asthma, toxicology, informatics, stroke, Geriatrics/Palliative Care, and Simulation.

Mount Sinai was one of the first residency programs in New York City to incorporate simulation into its curriculum. One conference day every month is devoted to simulation to allow residents to practice their resuscitation skills, teamwork, and leadership roles. This is often accomplished by recreating morbidity and mortality (M & M) cases. Once a year, at the citywide critical care conference hosted by our program, EM residents from across the city compete with each other in the suspenseful "Sim Wars."

We have integrated ultrasound into the clinical and didactic aspects of residency training through all four years. An introductory course during orientation and two-week dedicated ultrasound rotation during the intern year build the foundation for practice. Didactics and hands-on experience further ensure that every resident is comfortable with the technology. Mount Sinai Hospital employs four ultrasound machines and Elmhurst has three, and all are continuously available for bedside diagnosis and procedure guidance.

Ultrasound is among the most popular Senior Specialty Tracks. Several residents each year take advantage of additional clinical exposure to ultrasound and the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, and faculty, and to become involved in ultrasound research projects.