If you are pursuing a career as a clinician-investigator in translational neuroscience and have a PhD or advanced research training, the Department of Neurology is the recipient of an NIH-supported R25 research residency program that has been continuously funded since 2012. This program, combined with support to Mount Sinai from the Leon Levy Foundation, offers an outstanding opportunity to integrate research within your residency training and for 1-2 years beyond residency, enabling transition to a Career Development Award and preparing you for a competitive academic faculty position as a neurologist-investigator.
The program meets all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-Residency Review Committee (ACGME-RRC) requirements for clinical training and for Flexible Training in Neurology. Those requirements are a minimum of 18 months full-time equivalent of clinical adult neurology.
A typical curriculum in the MSH Neurology Research Residency track could be:
You follow the standard PGY-2 clinical rotations. At the same time, you meet with the Research Resident Advisory Committee quarterly to choose a mentor and develop your research education and career plan. In addition, you begin a directed reading tutorial, working with your mentor, to focus your research area. Several blocks of elective time can be used for this purpose.
Your clinical rotations follow the same PGY-3 curriculum as residents not considering the research track. You continue to meet with your mentor for the reading tutorial and with the Research Residency Requirement Committee to review your progress and refine your plans. Several blocks of elective time can be used for this purpose. Your R25 application is submitted to the NIH in the Fall of the PGY-3 year.
You spend six months doing clinical rotations, fulfilling ACGME requirements, and six months dedicated to research, likely using that time to generate data needed to apply for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K08 or K23 Career Development Award. In addition to meeting with your mentor regularly, you attend grant-writing workshops, a postdoctoral office career development seminar series, and an NIH research program. We anticipate that you will make a presentation at a scientific meeting and draft specific aims for a Career Development Award application.
PGY-5 or Instructor Year(s)
Residents in the Research track who are selected for funding by NIH in our R25 program have 1-2 additional years of protected research time, which can be taken as a PGY-5 and/or potentially as an Instructor. This salary support from the R25 may be supplemented by an award from the Physician-Scientist Track of the Leon Levy Foundation Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai, for additional research protected time and seed research funds. NIH and/or foundation Career Development Award applications should be submitted during this time, positioning you strongly for a competitive application and a faculty position in neurology at an academic medical center.