At first glance, it is often difficult to distinguish among residency programs. All promise to provide excellent medical training and to open doors for future careers. We believe that at Mount Sinai Beth Israel we provide so much more, including an appreciation for our housestaff, a continued tradition of excellence, a varied and diverse experience, and an outstanding faculty who are deeply involved in your training.
Why Choose Mount Sinai Beth Israel
At Mount Sinai Beth Israel, we are proud of our reputation for running a respectful and humane residency program. We ask for and value regular feedback from our housestaff about the program. We foster a warm and collegial atmosphere that is so appealing many residents choose to stay or return to Mount Sinai Beth Israel after their training.
Well-being at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
At Mount Sinai Beth Israel, we remain committed to fostering a supportive environment for our residents. Our focus on resident well-being is woven into the fabric of our program whether it be resident scheduling our faculty recruitment. We offer our residents a variety of resources to support their well-being, including a well-being curriculum, confidential mental health services, wellness days and more. Please see https://icahn.mssm.edu/about/well-being/res-fellows for more information and resources regarding well-being.
For more than a century, Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been serving the New York community, providing excellent primary, secondary and tertiary health care to a robust and diverse population. Today, as a member of the Mount Sinai Health System, the physicians of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel remain committed to giving their patients the very best clinical care all while creating a rigorous and challenging environment for our residents.
Located in the heart of lower Manhattan on the East Side, our campus is conveniently located between two different and vibrant neighborhoods. To our west lies Union Square, a center of the foodie scene in New York with the famous Union Square Greenmarket and a cultural and shopping mecca. Beyond Union Square is the Flatiron District and Chelsea – two other populous and distinct areas with different health care needs. To our south is the Lower East Side and Alphabet City, an economically and culturally diverse area where the population faces a variety of challenges around health care.
As a resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, you will care for and be exposed to a large, varied patient population and complex cases in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Inpatient care on the general medical wards and in the critical care units (MICU and CCU) is delivered at the Milton and Carroll Petrie Division located at First Avenue and 16th Street. The Petrie Campus is an acute care teaching hospital, which is the main site for training in Internal Medicine. Residents also rotate at The Mount Sinai Hospital and at Mount Sinai West for their inpatient oncology experience.
The majority of our residents spend a significant period of time each year in the ambulatory setting, consistent with current ACGME requirements. An "on the ground" institution dedicated to serving our communities, Mount Sinai Beth Israel is proud of its ambulatory care network, one of the largest in New York City. Each ambulatory continuity training site is designated as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, providing residents with a rich interprofessional team experience. Residents work in teams that cover each other whenever rotating outside of the ambulatory setting.
General Medical Associates (GMA) is located at the Petrie Campus, a short walk from one of the busiest subway stations in New York City, Union Square. It serves a large and diverse patient population from all five boroughs. At GMA, physicians provide comprehensive primary care, with diabetes educators, social worker, and psychotherapist embedded within the practice. Faculty are committed to best practices around population health management and quality improvement. Dedicated primary care faculty supervise residents in a longitudinal fashion, providing exceptional teaching and mentorship.
The Ryan NENA Community Health Care Center located on East 3rd Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a Federally Qualified Health Care Center that serves this diverse community. It is a multi-disciplinary practice that offers patients a variety of clinical and social support services, including cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, optometry, dentistry, hepatitis C care, psychotherapy and social support services. Ryan NENA offers residents an outstanding precepting, learning and practice experience.
The faculty in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel is dedicated to providing a superlative training experience. Their dedication to your training will have a profound impact on your career development.
At Mount Sinai Beth Israel, our residency program is designed to create a well-rounded and rigorously trained house officer. What makes us proud is that so many of our trainees choose to remain as fellows or return as faculty members. Regardless of your career plans, we provide thorough and thoughtful mentorship and professional development that best suits your individual trajectory and career plans.
The Buddy System
Upon entry into our training program, each house officer is paired up with both a chief resident and a program director who serve as the house officer’s "buddies." The buddy system allows for personalized, longitudinal mentoring. Chief residents provide one-on-one evaluation, counseling and advice to their house officer buddies.
House officers meet formally twice per year with their program director buddy to review performance, discuss career plans or fellowship applications, and any other pertinent issues. In addition, all our program directors pride themselves on being available to any resident for any issue whenever they should arise, and their doors are always open to housestaff and students.
Faculty and Peer Mentoring
There are different types of mentoring, and our system allows for each trainee to select which kind of mentoring works best for them. Every trainee is automatically part of the buddy program, described above. But support for residents doesn’t stop there. Many house officers naturally connect with subspecialty faculty who come to serve as mentors based on common interests, either professional or personal.
Peer-to-peer mentoring is another important way we foster support and collaboration in the Department of Medicine. Our housestaff will often work with a fellow who helps guide them in the development of a project. The high level of research collaboration attests to the close relationship between these two groups of trainees.
The Summer Research Presentation Series
Throughout July and August of each year, the subspecialty divisions in the Department of Medicine present their ongoing research projects to the new residents. This gives incoming housestaff an overview of what is going on in each division, and helps them identify faculty and fellows that they can contact for further guidance and research pursuits.
Our curriculum aims to develop and refine residents’ clinical reasoning skills and their ability to practice high-quality, evidence-based medicine. There are multiple opportunities for residents to integrate their knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences into real-life patient care and decision-making. A focus on critical appraisal and application of the most current literature to patient care is a theme throughout all teaching venues.
6+2 Inpatient/Outpatient System
Our program was an early adopter of this innovative scheduling system for our categorical program. Rather than running to and from their ambulatory clinic once a week during inpatient rotations, our residents now rotate on inpatient services for six weeks at a time without ambulatory responsibilities. This allows residents and inpatient teams to be most efficient and provide uninterrupted care on the wards. Then two dedicated weeks are spent full-time in the ambulatory setting. Our residents experience the daily routine of an outpatient physician, and have great opportunity and flexibility to provide continuity of care. This scheduling provides for a variety and change of pace to the usual inpatient environment.
One half day per week during primary care continuity rotations, residents from both outpatient sites come together to learn as a group. Without the pressure of clinical responsibilities immediately before and after, residents are able to learn in a relaxed, stress-free environment. Topics range from clinical medicine to quality improvement to cultural competency and beyond. Multiple formats are used, including interactive small-group based workshops, interactive case conferences and traditional lectures. Our innovative primary care curriculum also includes a wellness series which consists of mindfulness sessions led by local experts and guided debrief/reflection sessions led by our faculty. Our wellness curriculum also includes mindfulness sessions led by local experts for both categorical and preliminary residents.
Residents as Teachers and Leaders
Each spring, interns participate in a “Residents as Teachers and Leaders” day, with interactive workshops designed to promote leadership and teaching skills in preparation for their advancement to second-year residents.
Medical Education Track
The Medical Education Track is for Categorical residents interested in careers in medical education. Housestaff are invited to apply for the track at the end of their intern year and work through a two-year curriculum covering learning theory, curriculum design and implementation, feedback and evaluation, and medical education scholarship. The core sessions of the track occur outside of elective time, preserving the ability of track residents to pursue subspecialty clinical experiences. Residents in the Medical Education Track will help to create and implement a medical education project through the two years of the curriculum, with support and mentorship from the program. Projects developed through the track have included a professional skills curriculum for the residency, a pathophysiology-based monthly conference for the residents led by core faculty members, an enhanced ambulatory nutrition curriculum, and a peer-observation program aimed at improving teaching skills on resident-led rounds.
In addition to a focus on curricular design, the track will develop residents' skills as a medical educator, with additional teaching opportunities both at the residency and medical school level. Track residents are exposed to mentors and leaders in medical education throughout the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System.
Leadership Development Program for Residents/Fellows
The leadership development program aims increase trainee’s critical self-awareness of leadership styles to further develop skills and tools to work more effectively in a variety of professional/interprofessional team settings. The topics in this program are immediately relevant to your work life and include leadership skill building around team effectiveness, change and conflict, communication, diversity, in addition to personal wellness. Additionally, we will expand substantive knowledge on critical strategic areas such as quality improvement and patient safety.
The Alice and Richard Netter Simulation Center
With the days of "see one, do one, teach one" gone, simulation training has become an essential part of the residency experience. Mount Sinai Beth Israel boasts a state-of-the-art simulation center. Under the guidance of a chief medical resident and faculty, our housestaff undergo intense and wide-ranging training for managing a variety of emergent clinical situations. From behind a one-way mirror, dedicated Simulation Center staff and faculty throw out scenarios for residents to work through as a team. Interns are taught proper airway management and chest compressions. Medical residents serve as Code Team and Rapid Response Team leaders for all such calls throughout Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and receive intensive clinical and leadership training in these areas. Communication and other tools adapted from the aviation industry and the military are taught and practiced. Residents also learn central line insertion and other procedures in the Simulation Center. This is widely viewed among the housestaff as a superb learning experience.