Why Choose Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West

By now, you’ve no doubt read a lot of material about residency programs. Much of it, probably, is beginning to sound the same. How is our program different? We point to our unique history, our location, our diversity of experience, our innovative curriculum including a comprehensive wellness curriculum and our emphasis on mentoring and professional development as elements that make us stand out from the crowd.

For more than 150 years St. Luke’s Hospital has served New Yorkers living on the Upper West Side. Twenty-one years after St. Luke’s establishment, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt) was founded. The two storied institutions were brought together in a merger in 1979, forming St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. SLR, as it was known, joined with Beth Israel Hospital as part of the Continuum Health Partners merger in 1997. In 2013, Mount Sinai and Continuum joined forces to create the Mount Sinai Health System, of which Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals are active and vital members.

The two institutions have a rich history of scientific breakthroughs and of serving the community. Mount Sinai St. Luke’s was one of the first hospitals in New York City to begin ambulance service and was the first to establish an obesity research center in the United States funded by the National Institutes of Health. Mount Sinai West is a leading center for orthopaedic surgery and endovascular neurosurgery. Both institutions have been providing primary care to New Yorkers along the Upper West Side for generations.

The Upper West Side is an excellent catchment area for a diverse patient population as well as an exciting and vibrant place to live. Our patients range from CEOs to the homeless; we care for patients from every ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religious background. It is that diversity that brings us an extraordinarily rich educational experience — one that most residents don’t see until much later in their training.

In addition, the Upper West Side of Manhattan is a fabulous place to live. You are surrounded by parks with Central Park to the east, Riverside Park to the west and Morningside Park to the north. There are plenty of opportunities to take in a concert at Lincoln Center, see a play on Broadway or eat at one of the thousands of restaurants throughout the city. The area is a great place for families with a large number of top-rated public and private schools. Nearby public transportation allows you easy access to the entire city, from Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo to Coney Island and the beaches in Rockaway, Queens.

The bulk of residency training takes place at two hospitals and three ambulatory sites throughout the city. Residents also rotate through one of New York City’s prestigious cancer centers.

Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt)

With 505 beds, Mount Sinai West is a full-service community and tertiary-care hospital with an emergency department serving Midtown and the West Side of Manhattan. Since its founding in 1871, it has placed strong emphasis on primary and specialty care. Located near vibrant Columbus Circle, the catchment area is broad — from the Theater District to the Upper West Side. Mount Sinai West serves a diverse patient population that includes expanding oncology services.

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

With 523 beds, St. Luke’s serves as the principal health care provider for the West Harlem and Morningside Heights communities and operates one of Manhattan’s few Level 1 trauma centers. It is home to the Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute, a world-class, multidisciplinary center specializing in the management of cardiac arrhythmias. St. Luke's also enjoys an outstanding reputation for services in many other medical specialties, including Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and HIV/AIDS. St. Luke's Hospital also continues to expand its commitment to community-based ambulatory care and access to primary and specialty care.

Ryan Centers

The Ryan Centers are a community-based outpatient clinic network dedicated to providing comprehensive care in a culturally sensitive environment. The centers traditionally serve those New Yorkers who do not normally have access to high quality medical care. Our residents are assigned to see general medicine patients at one of three sites on the Upper West Side, including 46th Street, 97th Street and 125th Street.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers (MSKCC)

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are one of the few residency programs in New York City that offers rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s premier institutions dedicated to cancer treatment and research. Residents have assigned rotations during their PGY1 and PGY2 years. They work with outstanding attending physicians, clinician/researchers and fellows and have plenty of opportunities to do hematology and oncology research. Many of our residents have served as chief residents at MSKCC and some have been accepted into their prestigious Hematology/Oncology Fellowship.

Our faculty members are dedicated to providing a rigorous and thorough training experience. They are compassionate mentors, known as experts in their fields who are committed to your training and preparation. Read more

Educational Innovations

As a resident at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West you will take part in a rigorous training that reflects a spirit of innovation in medical education. While we have the traditional conferences and methodologies for teaching such as chart review, Morbidity & Mortality, evidence based medicine and journal club to name a few, our program has a long history of innovation in education. Many of these innovations are nationally recognized and have been adopted by major medical institutions throughout the country. As our housestaff knows, we are proud of our dynamic reputation and we are not shy to change a system if it improves education and training.

6+2 Ambulatory Block Model

Ours was one of the first residency programs to implement the unique system of two-week ambulatory blocks occurring every eight weeks. A dedicated two-week block allows for a much richer outpatient exposure and makes room for a number of educational activities including work in the Simulation Lab, the communications workshop and evidence-based medicine sessions, to name a few. Apart from Internal Medicine continuity clinics, residents have opportunities to rotate through a wide range of subspecialty clinics. Ambulatory didactics are conducted during two half-day sessions, which includes clinical topics and an evidence-based medicine seminar which teaches residents to critically analyze medical literature. Dedicated time is set aside for the Johns Hopkins online modules which all residents are expected to complete.

No 24-Hour Call

In our program, there is no 24-hour call. To ensure coverage, the Department of Medicine has adopted a universal night float system for inpatient floor rotations and the intensive care units. Residents feel this enhances their learning experience and decreases fatigue associated with overnight call.

Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS)

We believe that training and educating tomorrow’s physician leaders includes not only didactic and book learning, but hands-on experience. The largest Simulation center in Manhattan and only one of fifty nationwide, our state-of-the-art center is the only accredited simulation center in New York City providing vibrant and dynamic training for our residents. A standardized curriculum that teaches diverse skills such as communication in stressful situations, procedures such as ultrasound-guided central line insertion and leadership skills in medical code scenarios is taught to all housestaff. Each session in the simulation lab is directly observed by our faculty and each participant of the simulation is debriefed and given feedback at the end of the session. There are also a number of research studies being conducted in the CAMS. Residents rotate regularly through the center during their ambulatory blocks and during their Mount Sinai West floor and ICU blocks. Residents work closely with the faculty of the Sim Center as part of their training.

Wellness Curriculum

The goal of our Wellness Curriculum is to take our practice of medicine to a higher level of satisfaction, effectiveness and meaning — thus positively changing our lives, the care of your patients and the lives of those around us. Our overarching goal is to expose residents to a variety of ideas and practices with the goal of strengthening the bonds within our community, alleviating and preventing burnout, fostering empathy, and ultimately improving our care of patients while finding more meaning & joy in our chosen profession.

We developed a structured Wellness Curriculum during the fall 2015 that incorporates medical humanities, mindfulness training, integrative medicine and even a number of in-house yoga sessions. Over the last year, we additionally incorporated a course called Art inSight through the Metropolitan Museum of Art into our Annual Spring Retreats.

Starting July 2017, a Mount Sinai system-wide effort has been underway to provide additional support to ensure that Mindfulness and Reflection Sessions are offered and available for our housestaff even more regularly and consistently. Most sessions are scheduled within the structure of the categoricals’ Ambulatory Curriculum due to the predictable nature of its timing and space. However, all preliminary and rotating interns are invited and supported to attend ALL of our Wellness related events. Additionally, we will independently continue to offer and expand our didactics in Integrative Medicine led by Dr. Vani Gandhi.

This year our Mindfulness sessions have a particular focus on our PGY1 residents. They are conducted by renowned facilitators who are trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) - Drs. Patricia Bloom and Vani Gandhi, Archimedes Bibiano, and Mickie Brown. Examples of session content include: Mindful Moments Practices, Mindful Speaking/Mindful Listening, Self Compassion and Compassion, and A Breath Practice to Use with Patients.

Our “Reflection Rounds” are scheduled within the PGY2 and PGY3 residents’ Ambulatory Curriculum and are a continuation and expansion of a course that was developed by our very own graduate and author, Dr. Krishna Chokshi. This course is concerned with collectively delving into the meaning of residents’ clinical experiences. It utilizes reflective writing practices in response to specific prompts, the close reading of selected texts (e.g. prose, poetry, or relevant journalism), and guided discussion around key thematic concepts (e.g. Grappling with Loss, Promoting Empathic Communication, Reflecting On What Brings Us Joy). The goals of this course are to foster professional development, reflectiveness, clinical empathy skills, community-building, and bring new and greater meaning to our everyday experiences as physicians.

We are thrilled to have a creative and diverse housestaff who continue to share their passions and unique talents in order to enrich our family’s common journey.

One of the most important things the Department of Medicine does is to prepare our housestaff for each phase of their medical careers. The mentoring involves guidance on patient care, teaching and planning life beyond residency.

Morchand Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

At Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, we believe that learning to communicate effectively in a dynamic and culturally diverse environment is as important as what is being communicated. We teach these skills through role-playing scenarios so each and every resident develops into an outstanding communicator even in challenging clinical situations. Since we are part of the Mount Sinai Health System, our trainees have access to The Morchand Center at Mount Sinai, a place for communication skills development for the housestaff. All categorical first year interns go through the sessions with feedback by faculty preceptors and with video recording for personal development.

Mentoring System and Career Development

From your first day as a member of our housestaff you will be assigned a mentor and a chief resident who comprise your mentoring team and who will provide guidance throughout your training. You will develop additional mentors – either clinical or research - as you develop more specific areas of interest. And we have rigorous and challenging fellowships in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Our goal is to create a web of support and camaraderie for you as you navigate your residency and future graduate medical training.

Special Events

Each year we hold a job fair to educate our soon-to-be-graduates about their future career options. At the job fair, we discuss interviewing skills, contracts, and successful CV writing among other things. We also have a fellowship workshop to assist our end-of-year PGY2s navigate the process of applying for fellowship. We discuss how to obtain letters of recommendation and interview strategies to ensure a successful match. A research seminar is planned for the fall to assist PGY1s and PGY2s develop their research portfolio.

At the end of the academic year, the Department of Medicine also organizes an annual retreat for rising PGY1s and PGY2s to aid with their transition to their new roles and responsibilities of the next academic year. Residents are guided in teaching methods, learning to give feedback, and taking on team leadership roles as well as improving overall patient care.

Last Name First Name Fellowship  Institution
Anooshiravani Niloofar Allergy/Immunology SUNY Downstate, NY
Ahmed Mohammed Cardiology Oscher Clinic Foundation, LA
Bhinder Jasjit Cardiology New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, NY
Gongora Carlos Cardiology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSSL & MSW, NY
Iluyamade Adedapo Cardiology University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL
Kallur Kamala Cardiology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSSL & MSW, NY
Ul Hassan Hafeez Cardiology Albert Einstein Medical Center, PA
Tripathi Byomesh Cardiology Imaging Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Noronha Shaun Critical Care Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, MN
Sangli Swathi Critical Care Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, MN
Belokovskaya Regina Endocrine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSH, NY
Kalkan  Esra Endocrine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSBI, NY
Satyarengga Mesha  Endocrine  University of Maryland Medical Center, MD
 San Martin  Vincente  Endocrine  Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH
 Vallejo  Franco  Endocrine  NYU School of Medicine, NY
 Dalapathi  Vijay  Gastroenterology  University of Rochester/Strong Memorial, NY
 Herman  Michael  Gastroenterology  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSBI, NY
 Kroner  Paul   Gastroenterology  Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, FL
 Wander  Praneet   Gastroenterology  Hofstra/Northwell, NY
 Farooqui  Falahat  Geriatrics  University of Texas Medical School - Houston, TX
 Chadha  Juskaran  Hematology/Oncology Hofstra/Northwell-Lenox Hill, NY
 Correa  Amit   Hematology/Oncology  University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX
 Sahin  Ibrahim   Hematology/Oncology  Emory University, GA
Barmaimon Guido Pulmonary/Crit.Care Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSSL & MSW, NY
Kim  Boram Pulmonary/Crit.Care   Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/MSSL & MSW, NY
Pirrotta  Stefania Pulmonary/Crit.Care   University of Southern California, CA
Shah  Purav  Pulmonary/Crit.Care  University of Florida COM-Sands Hospital, FL
Tolia  Vishal Pulmonary/Crit.Care   Stony Brook Hospital, NY
Soni Vikram Radiation Oncology  Methodist Hospital, NY
Nes  Deana  Rheumatology  New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, NY
Sharmeen  Saika  Rheumatology  SUNY HSC Brooklyn, NY