1. Curriculum and Program Structure
PhD-Pre Clerkship Phase

Pre-Clerkship Phase

Your preclinical training Students begin by completing the Pre-Clerkship Phase, which includes anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. Before starting in the laboratory, students will engage in clinical learning through hands-on patient care experiences and didactic exercises. In addition to the medical school curriculum, you will focus on finding a research mentor and a laboratory through individualized advising with MD-PhD leadership and Multidisciplinary Training AreasTA directors. Find out more about the Pre-Clerkship Phase.

Throughout the first year, students are also encouraged to meet with prospective research mentors. These mentors will be an invaluable resource during the lab rotations they will complete when they begin the PhD Phase. Choosing a compatible research advisor and laboratory will be an extremely important factor in the success of each student’s training experience.

We recognize the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, which is why we seek to accommodate an interest in performing clinically relevant thesis research in the lab of any member of the training faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, irrespective of a student’s chosen training area.