Message from Program Director

Dear Senior Medical Student:
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital produces the highest quality physicians and physician-scientists through a residency program that emphasizes intellectual curiosity, compassion and camaraderie. Our goal is to create doctors capable of both clinical excellence and academic leadership.

Upon completion of their training, our physicians will have a solid clinical foundation, an exposure to world-class medical research and the tools to thrive within the constantly evolving landscape of medicine. The days of one-size-fits-all education have passed. Divergent and wide-ranging career paths, including outpatient primary care or specialty practice, hospital medicine, clinical and translational research, and global health, all require focused attention during training.

We have created numerous platforms within our residency program to allow physicians-in-training to shape a learning experience tailored to their own individual career plans. In addition to our various trajectories detailed in the Education Tracks section of this website, there are many opportunities through research, elective selection and other activities for residents to pursue their interests.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program, with its strong emphasis on clinical experience in diverse settings, includes three different primary hospitals. Approximately two-thirds of our residents’ training is spent at The Mount Sinai Hospital. This facility provides tertiary care to patients referred for the diagnosis and treatment of uniquely complex medical problems as well as primary and secondary care for the people of the Upper East Side and East Harlem communities. One-third of the residency is spent off-campus at the James J. Peters Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx and the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. By rotating through these three facilities, our residents are exposed to both unique patient populations and complex cases that many trainees don’t see until well into their post-graduate education. In addition, our residents will have the added benefit of being part of the Mount Sinai Health System, which provides them with increased opportunities for training at locations throughout New York City.

We expect our graduates to finish with a well-balanced, solidly grounded education in evidence-based medicine. In order to accomplish this, all residents develop and complete a research project during their training. Residents have numerous opportunities to work alongside internationally renowned basic science and translational researcher on the latest areas of scientific discovery like inflammation, personalized medicine and the integration of big data into population health management. Our residents are published in major scientific journals and present at medical conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition, we have an outstanding mentoring program that provides support and guidance along with continuity from one generation of physicians to the next.

Ultimately, this residency program is designed to create a foundation for excellence in patient-centered clinical care upon which lifelong learning may take place. We know that our trainees will become outstanding physicians regardless of their subsequent career plans.

If your personal and career goals include a desire to make a difference in the lives of a diverse patient population, and if you possess the passion to help your patients and your community while contributing to the advancement of medicine, we hope you will consider joining us in our mission.

Salvatore Cilmi, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

David C. Thomas, MD, MHPE
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine

Barbara Murphy, MD
Chair, Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine
Mount Sinai Health System

Program Leadership

Salvatore Cilmi, MD, Program Director

Eric Barna, MD, Associate Program Director for Inpatient Medicine

Steven Coca, DO, Associate Program Director for Research

Andrew Coyle, MD, Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Care

Alice C. Levine, MD, Director, Research Residency Program

Joseph Lieber, MD, Site Director at Elmhurst Hospital Center

Vinh-Tung Nguyen, MD, Associate Program Director for Quality and Safety

Lauren Peccoralo, MD, Director, Primary Care Residency Program

Cardinale Smith, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director for Research

Jennifer Weintraub, MD, Assistant Director, Primary Care Residency Program

Program Staff

Lillian Galindo, Program Administrator

Sappherin Miranda, Housestaff Coordinator

Miguel Escalera, Residency Program Audit and Compliance Coordinator

Nancy Gonzalez, Recruitment Coordinator

Eva Larrosa, Scheduling Coordinator

Tiffany Moore, Clerkship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Residency Program Director