All fellows are expected to participate in a research project during the two-year program. A variety of opportunities are available in both basic science and clinical investigation. Some areas of particular interest at Mount Sinai are viral pathogenesis, HIV therapeutics, HPV screening, barriers to care in HIV and HCV, hospital epidemiology of resistant nosocomial pathogens, molecular epidemiology, and the prevention and management of infections in transplant recipients.
Starting in the winter of the first year, a research lunches are held to introduce ongoing research opportunities to the fellows. Fellows will also each be assigned a faculty advisor who meets with the fellow to discuss career and research interests.
It is expected that the fellow will identify a research interest and mentor and initiate preliminary work (i.e. IRB approval) on the project during the first year. The primary focus of the second year is completing the research project under the supervision of the mentor. Fellows who are interested in pursuing additional years of research training should discuss this option with their mentor and program director during the first year.
Before the end of the second year of fellowship, fellows are expected to submit research abstracts to a major infectious diseases meeting as well as present their work at our divisional grand rounds and our departmental research day. Ultimately, the research performed during fellowship should result in a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Fellows interested in viral pathogenesis can pursue additional training in basic investigation through our NIH Training Grant in Viral Pathogenesis.
Fellows with an interest in clinical investigation can pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Research through the Clinical Research Training Program. Mount Sinai also has a Master of Public Health Program.