• Press Release

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Receives Award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

  • New York, NY
  • (April 22, 2016)

In recognition of its innovative efforts to prepare the next generation of physicians and scientists, the Postdoc Executive Committee at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was recently awarded a grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical sciences, to enhance the Postdoctoral Training program.  The grant will fund Mount Sinai’s Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program, which will be one of just seven programs across the United States to receive this prestigious award.

“Effective science communication and education is a gateway to diverse careers in academia, teaching, and science, but practical, hands-on training in these areas can often be difficult to achieve – an obstacle that we look to address through our Future Leaders program,” said Alison P. Sanders, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who leads the program along with postdocs Eric S. Sweet, PhD, and Ryan J. Cummings, PhD.  “We’re thankful to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for recognizing and supporting our work.”

The Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program, which began last year, is designed to enhance teaching and science communication skills for postdoctoral fellows.  It includes courses that give trainees practical skills in active teaching methods; classroom-based science literacy and enrichment in the Boys & Girls Harbor after-school program for fifth graders; and the opportunity to guest lecture in classes under the guidance of a faculty member from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Fifteen outstanding postdoctoral fellows from more than eight academic departments completed the short-course component of the program in November 2015, and are currently teaching in both fifth grade and graduate-level courses. A second cohort will be selected for training starting in May 2016. Applications are due April 25, 2016. Drs. Sanders, Sweet and Cummings hope to continue the successful training program in future years. “This program fills a gap in the postdoctoral training program here at Mount Sinai, since there are few teaching opportunities available to postdocs,” said Dr. Sanders. “We are truly impressed with the wide breadth of scientific expertise represented in this cohort and their passion for sharing science with others.”

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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