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Clinical Training and Learning Environment

At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we provide more than just a rigorous, high-quality medical education. We create an inspiring and personalized learning environment to help you reach your maximum potential, both as an individual and as a physician that will fundamentally change health care.

Our MD Program prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of practicing medicine and biomedical research in the twenty-first century. We have our students involved with patient care from their very first day. We support a range of enriching service and training programs emphasizing patient care as thoughtful, culturally sensitive, and focused on serving a social, as well as medical, mission. We embrace our social responsibilities in addition to providing an academic experience that is sophisticated, efficient, and effective. With an exciting selection of clinical training sites across New York City, we allow our students to experience health care delivery across a broad range of patient populations, services, and care models.

Our Innovative Educational Initiatives

We support dynamic educational programs that help ensure our students are prepared for the rewards and challenges of practicing medicine in the twenty-first century.

Our students benefit from training at diverse clinical settings located throughout Manhattan and across the tristate area. Having the opportunity to spend time at an urban city hospital with tremendous ethnic and language diversity, a large veterans affairs medical center, or a recognized hospital leader in community-based health care, enables our students to learn about quality health care at every level. These sites include:

We build in-patient care opportunities from the very start of medical training. The Longitudinal Clinical Experience Program allows pairs of students to begin caring for chronically ill patients within weeks of starting medical school.

The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence, one of the nation’s first such training centers, is dedicated to equipping today's medical students to become tomorrow's compassionate physicians. By hiring trained actors to simulate the signs of an illness, and to provide feedback to the medical student learners, The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence emphasizes the importance of thoughtful and sensitive patient care.

Simulation education is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. Our simulation facilities throughout the Mount Sinai Health System create realistic environments and situations where learners are engaged in providing health care. Medical students are exposed to stimulation exercises throughout their medical school education.

East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership is a student-run, free primary-care clinic serving uninsured residents of East Harlem. Volunteering at the clinic allows medical students to combine patient care with community service, and serves as a reminder of the reasons why they came to medical school in the first place.

The Icahn School of Medicine views students as true partners in biomedical progress, and offers a learning environment which features:

  • Active, small group, and team-based learning that encourages collective problem solving and peer teaching.
  • Early interactions with patients through the Longitudinal Clinical Experience Program, which partners pairs of medical students with a patient and supervising physician.
  • Protected half-days of flex time in Years 1-4 for self-directed, individualized learning, discovery, and leadership development.
  • Faculty advisories that support medical students in academics, wellness, and career advising throughout their medical school journey.
  • Learning support for medical students around adjustment to medical school, study strategies, and effective ways to make the most out of courses, clerkships, and study resources.
  • A four-year wellness curriculum that emphasizes resilience and empathy.
  • Ample time and mentorship for exploration of career choices, as well as flexible scheduling, including the option of adding a Scholarly Year.
  • Specialty-specific, skills-based preparation for supervised practice in residency.
  • The Scholarship and Research (SCHOLaR) Program, which offers students the opportunity to obtain mentored research training toward developing a scholarly project.
  • A strong emphasis on service learning and urban primary care in the curriculum and in the community.
  • Opportunities to travel internationally and participate in advanced mentored missions that address the health care, education, research, and public health needs of our global community.

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