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

Ross Firestone, MD, PhD, Class of 2021

When choosing a residency program, I was looking for a training experience for physician scientists. After finishing a dual-degree MD/PhD program, where I researched enzymology and cancer drug development, I sought a residency program that offered flexibility in training, while still providing excellent clinical exposure. It was clear from the start that Mount Sinai offered an excellent environment for career development. On my interview day, I was asked detailed, insightful questions about my PhD research. It was clear that the program was interested in understanding my career goals and interests and now that I’ve begun my training, I’ve seen how they’ve supported me in propelling those interests forward.
As a research track resident, the first two years of my training is the same as for categorical residents, including inpatient and outpatient rotations. A major advantage of training at Mount Sinai is that our inpatient floors rotations are divided into general medicine and subspeciality rotations. As someone interested in completing a hematology/oncology fellowship after residency, I was excited by the opportunity to rotate on the inpatient heme/onc service multiple times throughout residency. There I learned about the clinical practice of inpatient oncology, while also having an opportunity early on in my training to connect with faculty and researchers who share my interests.
Specific to the research track, I receive additional mentorship and attend events throughout the year focusing on translational research efforts at Mount Sinai. Dr. Emily Gallagher, director of the research track program, meets with me regularly for research and career planning. Across the board, the mentorship is exceptional here, and I know I will be supported by the faculty at Mount Sinai no matter where my training takes me.