Educational Programs and Tracks

Our Pediatric Residency program offers a number of different combined programs and tracks dedicated to subspecialty training. Each year, we host 21 PGY-1 positions, which include two positions in the Pediatric Research track, two positions in the combined five-year Triple Board Program (Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry), one position in the four-year combined Medical Genetics Pediatric Training Program, two positions for two-year Pediatric Neurology preliminary candidates, one position for one-year preliminary candidates, and 15 to 19 positions for categorical trainees.

Pediatric Research Program

The Pediatrics Research Program is designed to provide diverse opportunities for promising graduates of MD/PhD programs, as well as MD students, with extensive research experience to continue their development as biomedical investigators during and after their formal clinical residency training. Highlights include:

  • Flexibility of training duration and methodologies consistent with various Board requirements.
  • Optional use of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Special Training Pathways.
  • Availability of a large array of laboratories and mentors in any basic or clinical science department in the particular area most suited to the resident's interest and qualifications

As a member of the Pediatric house staff at The Mount Sinai Hospital research can begin as early as intern year during elective and free time periods. During the PGY2 and 3 years, the individualized curricular time can be grouped to optimize research productivity. A special committee of research advisors, who are senior and effective advisors within the Department of Pediatrics, will assist you in identifying the optimal research setting. For some residents in the program, that choice represents a building upon earlier research work without major change in field, whereas for others the choice involves a deliberate application of past experience to a very different kind of research problem. Residents in this program will find that the faculty abounds with people who are ready to serve as mentors for trainees.

Following the first two (or three) years as a member of the house staff, you will enter your chosen fellowship. For residents who are accepted into an ABP approved special training pathway, research time is carefully integrated into the fellowship portion of the training with the maximum amount of time allowed by the ABP and ACGME protected from clinical responsibilities.

Triple Board Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry Program

Our Triple Board program is designed to train physicians for a career in academic Child Psychiatry. At the conclusion of the program, physicians will be board eligible in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry.

Training is broken down by year as follows:

  • Year 1: Pediatrics
  • Year 2: Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry
  • Year 3: Pediatrics
  • Year 4: Psychiatry
  • Year 5: Child Psychiatry

Our Triple Board program is under separate administration and requires a separate application from the general residency program. The Triple Board training director reviews applications, and members of both departments interview suitable candidates. Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). In addition to the regular application for the Psychiatry residency, a short essay describing your interest in the program and career plans is required.

Medical Genetics Pediatric Training Program

The combined four-year Pediatrics and Medical Genetics residency program is structured in accordance with the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Your first year is spent doing Pediatric-related rotations. During the second and third year, your time will be split between Pediatrics and Medical Genetics (alternating between departments every six months).

The fourth year is dedicated to Medical Genetics, including a six-month period of individualized curriculum. The typical rotation blocks in which the combined program residents participate are identical to those that are required of the two-year residency trainees. The didactic coursework required for the Medical Genetics residency is taken in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years. All residents are required to attend the genetics conferences and seminars when they are assigned to Medical Genetics or elective rotations.