Interdisciplinary Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health (EMPH) has been at the forefront of environmental health research, education, and clinical practice for over 50 years. As one of the leading environmental medicine and public health departments among medical schools in the United States, our team of physicians, scientists, and biostatisticians remain at the forefront of advancing research in the field of environmental health.

Through our two- to three-year Interdisciplinary Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program, fellows develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and expertise to confront complex environmental health issues and diseases. Our program prepares EMPH Postdoctoral fellows to become academic leaders and/or clinician-scientists. The fellowship is supported in part by the NICHD T32 Research Training Program in Environmental Pediatrics

Postdoctoral Professional Development Program

In 2018, the department established a formal Postdoctoral Professional Development Program (PPD), directed by Alison P. Sanders, PhD, an assistant professor, environmental health engineer, and molecular epidemiologist.

The PPD Program prepares postdoctoral fellows to transition into successful careers by offering a core curriculum of fundamental skills not typically covered in traditional science training programs. Topics include strategic planning, time management, goal setting, career mapping, mentor and peer networking, mindfulness-based stress reduction, science communication, and grant writing – all vital skills for success in research and academia.

In addition to providing regular opportunities for individual reflection, peer-to-peer discussion, and group and instructor feedback, the program promotes the development of Individual Development Plans using strategies developed at Stanford University and provides planning and networking resources provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Our mission is to evaluate and respond to the professional development needs, interests, and concerns of early career scientists and to support their transition into diverse careers as industry leaders, independent researchers, and critical thinkers.

In order to ensure these goals are met, we regularly request feedback from program participants and integrate ideas based on the latest research and best practices.

Top priorities of former EMPH fellows included:

  • Meet professional development needs while fostering independence
  • Develop new skillsets through expert instruction
  • Employ research and professional skills through mentored practice
  • Collaborate trans-disciplinarily
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills
  • Engage in professional, peer, and community networking
  • Establish meaningful goals and create individual development plans
  • Develop a grant application and grant writing skills
  • Cultivate time management and organizational skills
  • Prioritize self-care and wellness
  • Transition successfully in to careers

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Integrating a diverse set of perspectives and experience is the key to creating a more dynamic and comprehensive learning experience, and we are committed to promoting an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive training environment. We honor individual identities (including but not limited to race, nationality, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, or ability) and we welcome diverse perspectives on the material presented whenever possible. Participants are encouraged to contact us in person or electronically or to submit feedback to improve the program at any time.

Please visit Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion for more information on our commitment to embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion to promote excellence and innovation in healthcare, health education, and research.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is an international leader in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care. Our vision is to prepare scientists, physicians, and leaders who will make significant contributions to local and global health care. We train nearly 2,000 students and postdoctoral fellows each year, and our NIH funding is among the highest nationwide. ISMMS and the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health provide a variety of resources and opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. Please visit the links below for more information.