Education and Career Development

ConduITS provides graduate and postgraduate research training programs, a series of educational programs for new investigators and members of our community, as well as ongoing training through workshops, seminars, and lectures for staff.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is home to clinical and translational investigators involved in cutting-edge research. Many serve as mentors to medical and graduate students to guide them to formulate a hypothesis, develop a research plan, carry out experiments, and analyze results. In addition, mentors provide the setting and experience to encourage medical students to pursue careers as physician-scientists.

Students may get involved in patient-oriented research as early as their first year of medical school. Mount Sinai provides opportunities for students to conduct research throughout their educational experience. Research can be carried out during the first year, during the summer break between the first and second years, during a full-year Scholarly Year, or as part of the five-year dual degree PORTAL Program in which students earn both the MD and Master of Science in Clinical Research degrees. Educational programs are designed to not only expand critical thinking skills, but also to express creativity and promote intellectual independence.

PORTAL Program (Five-Year MD and Master of Science in Clinical Research Program)

This strongly mentored program offers a multidisciplinary approach to clinical investigation in order to introduce medical students to the field of clinical and translational research and how it drives the practice of clinical medicine. From the very start of their medical education, students will be part of a select group of scholars that integrates learning about clinical medicine and developing the skills required to perform clinical investigation. Please click the above link to learn more about this program.

Scholarly Year

Medical students can choose to devote a year to conducting research in order to have a more intensive experience than otherwise possible. Projects can be done either at ISMMS or at another institution. Many Mount Sinai students are supported during their Scholarly Year by major national fellowship programs, including those sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, the Sarnoff Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Mentorship Program, and the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program. Please click the above link to learn more about this program.

Summer Research Programs

Medical Students who are enrolled at ISMMS have a variety of summer research programs to choose from in order to carry out a scholarly research project.  Students present the work they did at Medical Student Research Day.  Please click the above link to learn more about the programs offered.


The goal of SCHOLaR is to provide students with fundamental research skills and mentored research training in order to develop their understanding of the use of the scientific method in medicine, encourage their creativity, and support their dedication to advancing science in order to deliver the highest quality patient care possible. SCHOLaR includes longitudinal sessions on research skill development, as well as a didactic component.  All students will be supported by a content mentor and a track advisor who will help them to complete a rigorous scholarly project as a graduation requirement.  Please click the above link to learn more about this program.

Medical Student Research Program Leadership

Karen Zier, PhD
Associate Dean of Medical Student Research
Director, PORTAL Program

Christina Wyatt, MD
Associate Director, Medical Student Research
Associate Director, PORTAL Program

Janice L. Gabrilove, MD
Associate Director, PORTAL Program

Alan Moskowitz, MD
Co-Director, MSCR Program
Co-Director, PORTAL Program

The Clinical Research Education Programs at Icahn School of Medicine offer exceptional training in bioethics, clinical, and translational research for health science professionals interested in developing a career in research. Typical applicants include clinical and postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, nurses, veterinarians, research coordinators, and allied health professionals, as well as MD, MD/PhD, and basic science PhD students who have the foundation to successfully launch clinical and/or translational research careers.

Core competencies include:

  • understanding major clinical, translational, and public health research problems;
  • implementing observational and experimental clinical research methods and study designs;
  • understanding of measurement and methodological issues in incorporating basic science, translational, clinical, and population variables into clinical research;
  • data analysis and management;
  • written and oral scientific communication and dissemination skills; and research ethics

The CTSA network developed Core Competencies for Clinical and Translational Research to provide guidance in the disclipline of clinical and translational sciences.

Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)

The MSCR is a two-year program that provides an exceptional educational experience to outstanding health professionals. The MSCR incorporates graduate coursework including biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, data analysis, and grant writing as well as a mentored clinical research project leading to a master’s thesis. While the program is designed to be completed in two years, coursework can be taken over a longer period of time.

PhD in Clinical Research

The PhD in Clinical Research is designed for outstanding candidates who desire a more intense educational experience leading to a PhD and a career in clinical or translational research. The program provides a strong didactic foundation combined with a mentored clinical research experience leading to a doctoral degree in clinical research.

Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

The CRTP is a one-year certificate version of the MSCR program that includes all of the core coursework without the master’s thesis requirement.

Master of Science in Bioethics

Mount Sinai also has a strong curriculum for teaching bioethics to MS, MD, and PhD students and house staff.  The Bioethics program has institutional relationships with City University of New York (CUNY) and Union College and is part of an international academic consortium on bioethics that includes Oxford University, King’s College London, Maastricht University, and Bar Ilan University. The Master of Science in Bioethics degree is offered through a joint program with Union Graduate College.

How to apply

Applicants for the clinical research programs must hold a bachelor’s degree, a professional degree (MD, DMD, PharmD, RN, NP, MSW), or a basic science PhD from a U.S. accredited institution.

To apply, please complete the online application.

Deadline for submission

Applications will be considered from early spring to late summer for entry in the upcoming academic year.

The Institutes for Translational Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (CONDUITS) offers a KL2 Scholars Award for Clinical and Translational Research Career Development for outstanding junior faculty and Postdoctoral fellows.  This career development program is funded through the Institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and is administered by the Center for Patient-Oriented Research, Training, Education and Development (CePORTED). Specific objectives of this program are to:

  • Identify and support talented junior faculty and Postdoctoral fellows at Mount Sinai who are committed to academic careers in multidisciplinary patient-centered clinical/translational (C/T) research.
  • Assure that award recipients have at least 75% protected time for their research career development (exceptions may be made for surgeons who can document that their clinical competence may be diminished by restricting clinical activities to 25%).
  • Enable award recipients to design, implement, analyze, and publish rigorous studies in patient-centered C/T research.
  • Provide Scholars with multidisciplinary mentorship and promote the development and implementation of an individually tailored career development plan.
  • Enable scholars to plan, write, submit and acquire funding for an externally sponsored career development award (K award or equivalent) or independent research grant (e.g., R01).

Summary of KL2 Scholars Program:

Award Recipients will receive a stipend for two years. The stipend will be up to $100,000 per year (plus fringe benefits) to support a 75% effort each year. An additional $27,500 per year for 2 years is available to support research and education/training expenses that comply with NIH guidelines. Scholars are expected to take courses at Mount Sinai as needed to fulfill their educational development plan. Coursework will be decided upon jointly by the program leadership and Scholar. 

The intent of the career development award program is to assist Departmental and Institute leadership at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions in the support of junior faculty and Postdoctoral fellows that they have identified as premier candidates for careers in C/T research.  As such, this program requires a commitment from the appropriate Departmental and or Institute leadership (Chairs, Chiefs, Institute Directors) to fund the remaining 25% of the KL2 recipient’s salary, for the duration of the KL2 Award. Scholars should not be subjected to salary reduction because of their participation in the KL2 award program.

Application Process

The next Request for Application (RFA) for the KL2 Scholars program is expected in Fall 2018 for a start date in the fourth quarter of 2019. If you would like to get a general idea of the application process, please refer to the information below for the procedures from 2017. This page will be updated with the new RFA, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and forms, when they are available. Announcements will also be made via the Research Listserv. To join, enter your email address under Research Listserv on the Research Portal Getting Started page and select "Funding Opportunities" under "Grant Submission & Management."

View past applications below.

2017 Application Documents and Forms

2017 KL2 Scholars Award RFA - includes a full description of the 2017 KL2 Scholar Award, including eligibility, deadlines and how to apply.
2017 KL2 FAQs
2017 Letter of Intent Template
Detailed Budget

KL2 leadership

Alan Moskowitz, MD

Gary Butts, MD

Janice Gabrilove, MD

Inga Peter, PhD

In the summer of 2003, the first walking tour took place during orientation week for the incoming class. The tour was designed to give students a first-hand perspective to the historical and cultural richness of East Harlem, better known as Spanish Harlem, and become familiar with the community they would be trained in for the next four years.

Known as the East Harlem Walking Tour, this activity has become an official medical school orientation event. Over 120 students and approximately 20 upperclassmen, faculty, and a handful of East Harlem community partners who participate as tour guides venture off for an afternoon on a hot summer day in August to walk the neighborhood, nosh along the way, and have a discussion about the historical and present-day transformation of the community. The tour has evolved into providing incoming first-year students a social cultural experience of East Harlem in which they can begin to develop knowledge and awareness of community health and cultural diversity, be exposed to a medically underserved community, as well as become informed about health disparity issues through community interaction and engagement.

At the end of the tour, students, with the facilitation of faculty and staff, debrief and reflect on their experience. They have become aware of the impact of community on individual health and illness and begin to gain an understanding of the social determinants of health, especially for East Harlem residents. This tour marks the beginning of a long walk they will take over the next four years of their training and education as physicians who will be able to know what it means to treat patient as community.

For more information or to request a walking tour, please email Crispin Goytia.

East Harlem Walking Tour Map