Message from the Dean

David Muller, MD, is the Dean for Medical Education and Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Education. He is a co-founder of the Visiting Doctors Program, the largest academic home-visit program in the nation.

The Future of Medicine

At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, (ISMMS) we teach, care for patients, and do research in an environment that is academically rigorous, technologically sophisticated, efficient, effective, and friendly. Yes, I said friendly – and nice, supportive, and collaborative. You will often hear people say that studying and working here feels like being part of a family. It's a point of pride for us and something that sets the ISMMS apart from other academic health centers.

NIH funding is declining, scrutiny from Medicare is growing, and the Affordable Care Act is holding the profession's feet to the fire. Despite all of that, this is a great place to work and learn. Let me tell you the reasons why.

The first has to do with purpose, principles, and values. As individuals and as an institution we embrace our societal responsibilities and moral obligations. We frame everything we do in terms of the greater good and know that there is a higher purpose to everything we produce, discover, and provide. Our work has greater meaning and engenders a sense of community because the faculty, staff, and students collectively share the same values and are working towards the same goal: to make the world a better place for all through science and medicine.

Second, we are calling the shots. We're not waiting to see which direction science is headed, what's new in education and training, or what policymakers have in store for us next. We're anticipating those changes and in most cases we are the ones determining the most important trends in science, clinical care, advocacy and social justice, education, and training. I encourage you to browse through our website and get a taste of the scope of our innovation: from global health to genome-wide association studies, Preventable Admissions Care Teams and ACOs, to medical school admissions tracks that don't exist anywhere else in the country.

As you'll see, we are the ones who are leading the way. That gives us great pride as well as a strong sense of purpose. It makes medicine feel like a series of opportunities, not obstacles. It makes any struggle or challenge along the way feel like something that has helped us learn and grow.

Ultimately, the most important factor in our success is people like you  smart, fearless, passionate students who have brought us to this pivotal juncture in the history of medicine and science. Our students' talents and values elevate the work that we do on a daily basis. They know, and you will discover, the limitless potential of learning and working in a community of brilliant, hard-working people who are destined to make history.

David Muller, MD, FACP
Dean for Medical Education
Professor and Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education