Formal coursework in the Master of Public Health Program in the Graduate School at the Icahn School of Medicine constitutes the core didactic training in epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methodology. General internal medicine fellows pursue their degree within the Outcomes Research Track of the MPH which emphasizes skills development for the study of clinical outcomes and health services. Fellows join trainees from other medical specialties and affiliated health sciences for courses in basic and advanced clinical epidemiology and biostatistics (including multivariate analysis), health services research, medical ethics, and others.
Students develop competencies in the following areas:
- Identify, analyze, and interpret major clinical and public health problems and relevant clinical epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research questions.
- Identify, interpret, and critique the state of knowledge regarding clinical epidemiology, outcomes, health services research questions, and public health policy.
- Explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of observational and experimental methods and study design used in clinical epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research.
- Specify the measurement of structure, process, and outcome in health and health care research and their implications for improving outcomes.
- Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages between efficacy and effectiveness research.
Candidates may tailor the curriculum to their specific research or education interests by selecting among the various elective courses offered through the Graduate School. Coursework may be applied to a Master of Public Health degree granted by the Icahn School of Medicine. For more information regarding the degree program, visit the MPH Program.
The fellowship strives to prepare trainees for the transition from resident to academic internist with a focus on developing clinician-investigators. In addition to research, this preparation includes the development of teaching skills, participation in faculty development conferences and continued development of clinical skills.
Fellows precept medical residents in the outpatient clinic of The Mount Sinai Hospital and depending on their area of interest may also participate in curriculum development for house staff and lead various seminars for house staff. Opportunities exist as well for teaching medical students in inpatient, outpatient and classroom settings.
Direct Patient Care
Various opportunities exist for direct patient care and are tailored to the career development needs of the trainee. Most direct patient care will occur in the outpatient setting.