Primary Care Scholars Program

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s (ISMMS) Primary Care Scholars Program is designed to prepare you, our next generation of primary care physicians, to meet the rising health needs of local and global communities. We do this by providing you with core training, mentorship, and longitudinal experiences in primary care. We recruit medical school applicants from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who are committed to becoming leaders in primary care while working with underserved populations. The program will create a forum for collaboration with your fellow students, faculty, scientists, and trainees, all passionate about improving primary care through direct care, research, quality improvement, and advocacy.

In this program, you will be paired with a Family Medicine mentor for the Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) a component of the curriculum spanning the first two years of medical school.

The summer after your first year in the program, you can participate in a primary care immersion experience and learn core principles of patient-centered care, health care disparities, team-based care, health policy, and quality improvement.

In the third year, you will participate in the longitudinal clerkship InterACT, which provides a strong foundation in ambulatory medicine and chronic illness care through experiences at a variety of outstanding clinical practices in the Mount Sinai Health System.

In your final year, you will participate in a Primary Care Sub-Internship experience and have the opportunity to share your scholarly project findings. Finally, throughout your years at ISMMS as a Primary Care Scholar, you will receive ongoing career guidance and mentorship from leaders in the field of primary care medicine.

As a Primary Care Scholar you are eligible for $80,000 in loan forgiveness towards medical school tuition ($20,000 for each year of medical school) once you have been in a primary care practice in an underserved community for two years following the completion of your residency training.  If you choose to pursue a specialty other than primary care, you will be required to repay your award as a low-interest ISMMS loan.

Victor Sta. Ana, MD, MSEd 
Director, Primary Care Scholars Program

Joshua Issack, MD, MPH
Mentor, Primary Care Scholars Program

Rachel Rosenberg, MD
Mentor, Primary Care Scholars Program

Veronica Rivera, MD
Mentor, Primary Care Scholars Program

Leila Hagshenas, MD, MS, FAAP
Mentor, Primary Care Scholars Program

Lucia McLendon, MD
Mentor, Primary Care Scholars Program