The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research (iCORE) Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is an eight-week summer program that provides hands-on and classroom research training for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, medical, and graduate students. The iCORE program is a collaborative effort between the Institute for Health Equity Research, the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation. The program runs from mid-June to early August and offers a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable research skills and clinical experience in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
Students in iCORE are paired with a physician or nurse investigator and collaborate with them on a research study. Research experiences include:
- Literature review
- Protocol development
- Instrument design
- Data collection
- Database design and maintenance
- Data cleaning and entry
- Data analyses
- Participation in the writing of abstracts and scientific reports
Students participate in an in-person intensive orientation, weekly in-person didactic sessions, and complete a formal presentation. Students may also participate in hands-on ultrasound, simulation, and suturing workshops designed to give students a well-rounded glimpse into clinical care.
Previous projects students have participated on:
- Neurological Prognostication, Medical-Decision Making, and Factors Affecting Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment for Non-Traumatic Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA)
- Oral Naltrexone Initiation for Emergency Department Patients With Moderate to Severe Alcohol Use Disorder
- Predicting Risk and Investigating Outcomes Using Patient Reported and Community Level Data (PRIOrity)
- Understanding Discordance Between Documented Advanced Directives and Goals of Care and Emergency Department Admission at End of Life
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 or health equity research who can complete the eight-week session in its entirety are encouraged to apply. 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, and 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.