Physician-Scientist Program: Support

“My initial impression was correct: at Mount Sinai, not only do you get protected time (and even more time for research), but the administration is very supportive and committed to the success and development of young physician-scientists." —Panagiotis (Panos) Roussos, MD, PhD, Professor (class of 2012)

Given the substantial protected time we’ve created, Physician-Scientist track residents are expected to intensively pursue their research, translating their scientific interests into demonstrable products. This requires time and energy, and we expect that when such residents are not engaged in clinical responsibilities, they will be involved in research-related pursuits. As supplemental compensation, we have sought (through NIH R25 training grant funding and departmental sources) additional research funding and salary stipends, including the following:

  • Augmented salaries
  • Funding for research needs (> $2,000 per resident each year in conference travel costs, $27,000 per resident in pilot funding during residency, equipment, $1,195/year to cover tuition costs, etc.)
  • Mount Sinai housing
  • Opportunities to be promoted to an Instructor-level appointment
  • Opportunities to apply for:
    • NIH Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000 annually, must engage in qualified research for an average of at least 20 hours per week. Note that this requirement is typically met earlier in training than usual by our residents who have successfully obtained funding.)
    • NIMH Administrative Supplement for Physician-Scientist Residents (multiyear salary support and research expenses)
    • Internal Sinai Grants (e.g., Friedman Brain Institute Postdoc Innovator Awards, up to $25,000 in research expenses)
    • External Foundation Grants (e.g., New York-only Leon Levy Scholarship in Neuroscience, BBRF Young Investigator Grant, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, multiyear salary support and research expenses)
    • NIH K- or R-level Grants (e.g., K08, R01, DP5)
    • Career Development Workshops (e.g., APA Research Award for Junior Psychiatrist Investigators, ASCP New Investigator Award, Career Development Institute in Psychiatry Research Award, ADAA Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program)

Applicants should note that this level of financial support is not guaranteed and is dependent on achievement of milestones and evidence of ongoing progress in research.