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.