Message from the Vice Chair for Education

The culture of the Pediatric Residency program at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is diverse, stimulating, and challenging. I’m pleased that you are considering joining us — we have been training pediatric leaders ever since we were first accredited in 1927. Our goal has always been to provide a supportive and nurturing environment, together with clinical training and opportunities for scholarships that are among the best in the country.

Our campus in Manhattan is situated between neighborhoods with very distinct characteristics. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, located adjacent to Central Park and between the Upper East Side and East Harlem, draws patients from neighborhoods that span the socioeconomic spectrum. Our patients come from an incredibly diverse set of racial and cultural backgrounds — typical of New York City — the largest and most diverse city in the country. In addition, our institution attracts patients from across the country and from overseas who seek out the specialized care that Mount Sinai can provide. Consequently, our trainees have the opportunity to learn from clinical material that run the gamut from the most complex to general.

It’s an extraordinary environment in which to learn, and our tightly knit campus fosters an air of collaboration at all levels. Our program has unmatched flexibility and provides approximately 12 months of individualized training time to allow residents to customize their experience to meet their own professional goals. Our mission is to produce general pediatricians and subspecialists who will provide exceptional care, be lifelong learners and advocates for patients and communities, and be committed to continuous improvement of their practice and the health care system. Our goal is to train the next generation of pediatric leaders, physician scientists, subspecialists, primary care physicians, and medical educators.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the Department and in all of our clinical and educational activities reflects the communities we serve — which vary widely, culturally and economically. Yet we are always looking to improve. That’s why we have a long tradition of partnering with our residents to continuously evaluate and enrich our program. Our students and trainees are a driving force in institutional and departmental efforts to wrestle with issues of bias and disparities of care that are embedded in our health care system. Our trainees are committed to social justice and are active participants in our own Pediatric Diversity committee and the medical school’s Racism and Bias Initiative.

Mount Sinai has been my professional family since 1990 and I have been privileged to be a part of its growth while serving in the role of Residency Program Director for 17 years and now as the Vice Chair for Education. I am excited to share the details of our training program, hospital, department and, most of all, our community. I hope that you will consider joining us.


Joel Forman, MD
Vice Chair for Education
Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai