Research Residency

At Mount Sinai we have researchers who are engaged in cutting-edge scientific discovery that will change the face of medicine tomorrow. The residents in the Department of Medicine who participate in the fast-track Research Residency Program can take advantage of the myriad of opportunities to work with these researchers while completing their medical training.

This comprehensive, flexible and integrated program is designed for physicians who are committed to a basic or translational research-based academic career. Faculty guidance is provided immediately upon entry into the program and continued throughout.  We are committed to training and nurturing physician-scientists by providing them with all the necessary tools for launching successful careers in academic medicine.

To complement their formal education, developing academic physician-scientists need postgraduate training, both in the clinic and the laboratory. The result is a personally tailored, integrated training program that takes advantage of the strong clinical tradition in the Department of Medicine and the strength of the basic science programs in this department and throughout the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Residents are encouraged to continue their training in one of Mount Sinai’s premier fellowship programs, but are given flexibility to apply to other fellowships if desired.

Candidates with exceptionally strong basic science research credentials, or graduates of MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs, are encouraged to apply to this program. Note that the Research Residency has a separate NRMP number from the Categorical Residency Program in Internal Medicine. Please contact Emily Gallagher, MD, PhD, Director of the Research Residency Program with any questions.

Housestaff Story

Ranjan Upadhyay, MD, PhD, PGY-2:

I wouldn't say I'm a Mount Sinai lifer just yet (I've been here for 10 years - but who's counting?), but I can see why when people come here, they tend to stay. What initially brought me here when I started my MD/PhD program was the incredible science. What led me to choose to stay for residency was the people, from the administration to the faculty mentors to the fellows/residents and, of course, to the patients. We see such high acuity and complex patients here, but while that may sound daunting, there's so much support from your seniors and attendings that it is never unmanageable. Halfway through intern year, you'll be so surprised at how much you've learned and how far you've come from those first few days in July when you were frantically looking up how to dose Tylenol.

The research pathway is an excellent track for aspiring physician-scientists who already have focused research-based interests and career goals. I already knew I wanted to lead my own translational cancer immunology lab, so finishing residency in 2 years to go right into hematology/oncology fellowship training was the right choice for me. Dr. Gallagher, who is the director of the research track, is there to guide you every step of the way, including connecting you to potential mentors and helping you with your fellowship applications. Research is embedded deep into our culture here, from the development of new drugs in the lab, to the testing of those therapies in our large clinical trials program, to the discussions on the evidence behind their uses on morning rounds. I consider myself very fortunate to work in such a supportive academic environment.