Clinician Scientist Training Program (T32)

This Clinician Scientist Training Program T32 award in Emergency Medicine is the first of its kind for the Mount Sinai Health System and the first of its kind in the history of NIH/NHLBI. The National Institutes of Health funds these T32 Institutional Training Programs to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agendas and are issued to eligible institutions to support research training for groups of pre-and/or postdoctoral fellows. Lynne Richardson, MD, leads our program.

The Fellowship includes individual and collaborative research activities with graduated levels of independence focused on emergency care of acute cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic, and traumatic disorders. Regardless of their specific area of research interest, all T32 Fellows will obtain direct experience with a variety of methods, study designs, and analytical tools used in clinical, translational, and health services research.

Fifteen accomplished clinical researchers and 17 health services investigators from across the institution will serve as research mentors, methodological experts, and collaborators. These include faculty from the Departments/Divisions of Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonary Critical Care, Hematology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Medical Education, Blood and Vascular Biology, Population Health Science and Policy, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Biomedical Informatics. Each fellow will have an Academic Mentor and one or more Research Mentors.

Formal didactic instruction in research methods, study design, data collection and management, biostatistics, research ethics, outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research, health and healthcare disparities, and community engagement will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to launch a clinical or health services research-intensive career. All Fellows will obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Research during the program, as well as complete the program-specific curriculum on emergency care research.

Career and Leadership Development Activities

Each fellow will be exposed to a broad range of scientific areas, important policy issues, and successful investigators from a variety of disciplines. The fellowship provides instruction on specific skills such as grant writing, project management, budget preparation, running effective meetings, presentation skills, and writing for the scientific literature as well as seminars on topics for personal and professional development such as academic promotion, time management, cultural competence, conflict management, wellness, and work-life balance.

Research is a collaborative activity most effectively practiced by multi-disciplinary groups in an atmosphere that promotes scholarly inquiry and mutual respect. Our Fellows will be trained in this type of environment and taught to create it in their own research groups.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • Early career physicians or other clinicians who are committed to a career in emergency care research and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Physician applicants who have a doctoral degree in medicine must meet one of the following criteria prior to entering the program:
    • Completion of an ACGME- accredited emergency medicine residency (Note: the program may be done concurrently with a fellowship in ultrasound, simulation, informatics or global health at one of the Mount Sinai Health System sites). 
    • At least three categorical years of an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency.
    • Enrolled in an ACGME accredited cardiology, pulmonary, critical care, hematology or pediatric emergency medicine fellowship.
  • Other clinical disciplines (e.g. doctoral level emergency care nurses, physician assistants, social worker, paramedics, or pharmacists (PhD, DNP, DSW, etc.) are eligible if they have a demonstrated interest in emergency research.
  • Individuals who have been funded as Principal Investigator for an NIH R-series, P-series, or K-series award are not eligible.