Emergency Medicine Research Training Program

The Emergency Medicine Research Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a year-round research training program for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, medical, and graduate students. Research experiences include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, protocol development, instrument design, data collection (patient interviews, surveys, chart reviews), database design and maintenance, data cleaning and entry, data analyses, participation in the writing of abstracts, scientific reports, and grants.

Our program is designed to provide students with a rich, hands-on, research and educational experience in Emergency Medicine. During the academic year, participants who include post-baccalaureate students looking for clinical exposure, Mount Sinai medical students completing research electives, and graduate students fulfilling their field placements, participate in the Research Training Program.

Summer Program

From June through August, we conduct an eight-week program. Students of the summer program participate in an intensive orientation, weekly research meetings, didactic sessions, a student presentation, and data collection in the Emergency Department. Students will also participate in hands-on ultrasound, simulation, and suturing workshops designed to give students a well-rounded glimpse into clinical care.

Students will be closely involved in various aspects of clinical research. Students are paired with physician or nurse investigators and collaborate with them on one or more research studies. The program ends with student presentations, where they will be given the chance to showcase the project(s) that they have worked on throughout the eight-week program.


Previous projects of students have included:

  • Innovative Geriatric Emergency Department Reducing Revisits and Hospitalization
  • Improving the Management of Acute Pain Care for Older Adults in the ED setting
  • Identifying Practice Patterns of Mechanical Ventilation in the Emergency Department
  • Asthma Sickle Cell Disease and Quality of Life in the Emergency Department (ASKED)
  • Understanding the Patient Perspective on the Value of Emergency Medical Services

Specific research projects vary each year based on the current research of our faculty.

Who Should Apply

Students with a strong interest in clinical research who can complete the eight-week session in its entirety are encouraged to apply for the Summer program. A minimum of one semester is required for students wishing to conduct research during the school year. Good written, verbal, computer, and interpersonal skills are required. Applicants should possess the ability to manage their time well, pay attention to detail, and work independently. All students must be matriculated in a program of study at the time of application review.

Consistent and timely attendance, active involvement in research meetings, and fulfilling all research obligations are requirements of this program. Foreign language skills, previous interviewing experience, familiarity with clinical terms and procedures are strongly desired. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. academic institution to be eligible for this program.

Application instructions and an application form are available for download. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Some applicants may be contacted and scheduled for a telephone interview. Applicants should mail in the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • One letter of recommendation (signed and on institution letterhead).
  • An official academic transcript. Graduate students should submit only their graduate school transcripts.
  • 500-word essay on their professional goals and aspirations and the expected impact that the program will have on their professional and academic development.

The deadline for applications is March 14 for the summer session starting in June.

Applicants for the summer session will be notified of final decisions in early April via e-mail.

Fall and spring session students will be notified via e-mail in mid-July  and mid-December, respectively.