Programs and Events

At the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we are committed to improving the health of the world’s children and supporting the training and careers of physician-scientists. We hold a number of events and programs throughout the year for our scientists and physician-scientists that highlight the outstanding current and ongoing research, promote scientific partnerships, and prepare the next generation of scientific leaders in pediatric medicine. 

Child Health Research Day

Child Health Research Day is held annually in April and aims to highlight the outstanding research activities of students, residents and fellows, clinical and research post-doctoral fellows, research staff, social workers, nurses and junior faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, the Mindich Child Health and Development Institute (MCHDI)and the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health. The breadth of research, broadly related to the health and welfare of infants, children and adolescents, presented in the plenary and poster sessions, exemplifies the commitment to scientific discovery and scholarship central to our academic mission. The goal is to advance collaborations between basic, clinical, and social scientists and expand scientific knowledge in the fields of neonatal, infant, child and adolescent health. The event provides a unique opportunity for junior investigators in the Department of Pediatrics, MCHDI, and the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health to share the results of their research with colleagues, and thereby discover new applications for their work or identify potential future areas for collaboration. 

Child Health Research Seminars

The Child Health Research Seminar series highlights the current and ongoing child health research from both Mount Sinai and visiting researchers. It is co-hosted by the Department of Pediatrics and the Mindich Child Health and Development Institute. The series consists of didactic seminars and practical workshops developed to appeal to researchers interested in areas including diabetes, allergy/asthma, cardiovascular outcomes and neurodevelopmental diseases. There are other topics included that are applicable to all research including approaches for consortium-based research, the use of technology and apps to engage community based participatory research, and tools for generating figures to visualize research results. The Child Health Research Seminar series takes place alternate Tuesday's at noon during the spring and fall semesters.

The co-leaders of the series are Alan Groves, MBChB and Shelley H Liu, PhD

Physician-Scientist Research Residency

The Physician-Scientist Research Residency provides diverse research opportunities for promising graduates of MD/PhD programs, as well as MD students who have research experience and a commitment to a scholarly career. The program enables residents to continue their development as biomedical investigators during and after their formal clinical residency training, offering up to seven blocks of dedicated research time, and the opportunity to begin research in the intern year. Residents work with a committee of senior research advisors to develop an individualized curriculum based on their research interests. The Physician Scientist Research Residency is a separate match in the National Residency Match Program. Learn more

Pediatric Scholars Program

The Pediatric Scholars Program is a competitive, small grant program that provides up to $15,000 to trainees and junior faculty to complete clinical, translational, basic science, medical education, quality improvement, or global health research. We fund three to five scholars per year; the request for applications comes out each spring. 

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 awardees:

Lauren Ambler, MD
Research project: “Patient Reported Outcomes and Resiliency Scales in Pediatric Lupus.”

Jennifer Cohen, MD
research project: Prenatal and postnatal outcome following fetal diagnosis of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries and impact of associated lesion on outcome.

Scott Jelinek, MD, MPH, MAEd
Research project: Puberty blockers and gender-diverse children: What are the patient, parent, and provider motivations to begin puberty blockers and where are the gaps in knowledge?

Rhia Shah, MD
Research project: Detection of hypertension in urban children with moderate to severe asthma.

Magali St. John Sutton, MD
Research project: Ultrasound guided neonatal resuscitation.

Physician-Scientist Pipeline Program

The Department recognizes the critical impact of support for junior physician-scientists as they build their research programs and take the first steps to an independent research career. Each year, we provide dedicated research time and research funding for up to two physician-scientists who have outstanding potential to become independently funded researchers. For more information about the program, and for information on how to apply, contact Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, at karen.wilson@mssm.edu.  

Biostatistical Support Program

The Department of Pediatrics recognizes that biostatistical support can be a critical component of completing rigorous and important research. We provide biostatistical support services for trainees and junior faculty through a partnership with the Department of Population Health Science and Policy. To apply for biostatistical support, complete the application.