Physician-Scientist Program: Structure

"Mount Sinai had one of the largest amounts of protected research time of any program that I visited, and the amount has only increased. Importantly, the administration worked to ensure that this protected time truly was protected and not just 'protected.'"—Drew Kiraly, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor (class of 2017)

Residents have 3 full-time research months in PGY-2. When they start treating outpatients in the second half of PGY-2, there is a longitudinal allocation of 33% protected research time in the last three months of PGY-2 and continuing throughout PGY-3. The fourth year allows even more protected time for research (75%) and is meant to provide for the execution of projects that could be continued following graduation from residency (e.g., obtaining preliminary data and writing a K-award).

Time Allocated for Research

  • PGY-2: Full-time for 3 months; 33% time last 3 months
  • PGY-3: 50% of the year
  • PGY-4: 75% of the year

 View a sample 4-year Physician-Scientist Program Rotation Schedule.