Clinical Pastoral Education


Mount Sinai Health System is an accredited provider for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). CPE is a clinical training program that teaches interns and residents to provide chaplaincy care to patients and loved ones within the Mount Sinai Health System while under supervision.


CPE internships are offered to students from divinity and rabbinical schools for which CPE is a required (or encouraged) component of their theological degree-granting program. Interns may also be seasoned clergy members who have decided to specialize in health care chaplaincy as they transition from congregational ministry to professional health care chaplaincy. The curriculum teaches CPE interns to initiate, develop and deepen, and bring to an appropriate close a mutual and empathic relationship with the patient, family, and/ or staff member.

View CPE Internship Schedules


Mount Sinai Health System also offers yearlong CPE Residency programs. The goal of the CPE Residency is to prepare residents to become board-certified health care chaplains. Building on the internship’s focus on developing students’ capacity to enter into genuine, empathic, and mutual relationships, the Residency curriculum focuses on the Standards of Practice for Health Care Chaplains.

Our outstanding CPE Residency offer three units of CPE and includes a $35,000 stipend and benefits. Qualifications include a graduate degree, one unit of CPE, and an admissions interview.

The 2020 CPE Residency begins on 7/13/2020 and ends on 7/9/2021. Applications are received from 9/3/19 – 3/13/20.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received until all 8 spots are filled.

CPE Educators

The Rev. David Fleenor, STM, BCC, ACPE
Director of Education
The Center for Spirituality and Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1036
New York, NY 10029
Cell: 347-949-2434

The Rev. David Fleenor is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. After earning two graduate degrees in theology, he was ordained an Episcopal priest at Church of the Transfiguration in New York City, where he served as associate priest for 10 years. He has worked as a clinical chaplain in oncology, psychiatric and medical settings, and as a CPE educator and chaplaincy administrator. He now serves as the Director of Education at the Center for Spirituality and Health at Mount Sinai. His research interests include prayer and novel approaches to chaplaincy education. His professional mission is to be a leader in the transformation of health care chaplaincy into an evidence-based profession.

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Spiritual Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. A chaplain who has worked in hospice and psychiatric settings, she currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She is a co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models of Contemporary Care, published by Fortress Press, and a number of articles about chaplaincy practice.

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, BCC, ACPE 
Certified Educator Candidate

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate. After working in the Jewish community in social justice-oriented positions and in the Jewish camping world, she discerned a call to the rabbinate. She was ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck on Long Island, NY. She completed her chaplain residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, primarily as part of a palliative care team. As a Certified Educator Candidate, she is working towards being certified as a CPE supervisor. Additionally, she works at Mount Sinai Hospital with patients, families, and staff in the cardiac ICU setting. Her professional interests include chaplain research literacy, experiential learning, as well as staff care.

Tuition and Fees

1. The application fee for internships is $75 and for residencies is $100. Application fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid.
2. Tuition is $900 for internships. Residents receive a full scholarship for tuition.
3. Once an applicant is accepted into a CPE program a $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve a spot. The deposit is applied to tuition.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the CPE application.
  2. Ask three reference persons (academic, religious/denominational, and personal) to complete this reference form. It will be emailed directly to the CPE program.
  3. Pay the application fee by check or credit card.
  4. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at 212-241-7262.


Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited by:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033


We are proud recipients of the Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant made possible by the John Templeton Foundation.