• 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 New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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