Physician Scholars Residency Plus PhD at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Physician Scholars PhD Program trains Medical Doctorates to become translational researchers. You also have the possibility of receiving substantial financial advantages through the National Institute of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program.

The program meets the needs of residents interested in pursuing a PhD in bench, computational, or clinical neuroscience reserach, and we can easily individualize the program. If you wish to join the Physician Scholars PhD Program, you must match for a regular residency slot, attend medical school full-time for two yeaers, and then apply for the graduate program during your first year of neurology (PGY-2). 

We work with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to manage all PhD-related aspects of the program, including academic training, research mentoring, and career development. We register you as a neurology resident and pay you through a combination of The Mount Sinai Hospital house staff salaries and National Institute of Mental Health stipends. In years five through eight, when you are involved primarily in research, you are eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program.

Our program offers extensive research opportunities within the department and throughout the institution. Typically, our incoming residents have a strong background in scholarship and publications, many in high-impact journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the Journal of Neuroscience, and the New England Journal of Medicine.


The Physician Scholars PhD Program satisfies all of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee curricular requirements for clinical training and for flexible training in neurology. We individualize the program to meet your specific needs. 

Application Process

Students already accepted into the Neurology Residency programapply in their first year of the residency (PCY-2) to the Physician Scholars PhD Program. There is no separate application. 

We offer faculty mentorship by luminaries in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, and computational systems biology as well as contact with develoing research institutes and facilities across the medical center. 

Salary and Benefits

2017 Salary Scale: PGY-2 salary is $65,290; PGY-3 salary is $68,798; and PGY-4 salary is $71,543. We offer annual increases based on level of training, and can provide updated numbers during the interview season. Once you obtain a New York State medical license, you qualify for the salary increase for the PGY-3 level.

Housestaff benefits include subsidized health, dental, vision, and disability insurance. We give all neurology residents a mobile electronic device and a standard neurology textbook at orientation. You also receive membership to the American Academy of Neurology, which includes a subscription to Neurology and the educational review Continuum.

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