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Dean's Statement - 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014  
Posted by: Vanessa Ball
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"It is my goal to have Mount Sinai graduates remake the image of the American physician — one who is committed, selfless, and ethical, and at the same time, translational and transformative."

Dean's Statement - 2014

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is proud to be a national and international leader in biomedical education, research and patient care. Since its inception 50 years ago, Mount Sinai's renowned faculty, talented students and dedicated staff have risen to the challenges of our visionary founders to build an outstanding "top 20" U.S. medical school.

A culture of innovation and a passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge are integral to all activities at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, driving us on a daily basis to challenge existing limitations of science and medicine to create and discover what was previously thought to be impossible. A $2.25 billion strategic plan emphasizing translational medicine provides both a roadmap and resources for the School's efforts. The magnificent new 550,000-square-foot Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine places scientists and physicians in close proximity that fosters cross-fertilization of ideas, stimulates progress and encourages creativity and entrepreneurship. Throughout Mount Sinai, intensive collaboration across our 34 academic departments and 22 multidisciplinary institutes facilitates discoveries running from the laboratory through to patient care.

Ranked #17 among U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty are securing unprecedented levels of extramural funding for their research, and grant dollars per investigator are among the highest in the country. The robust infrastructure supporting scientific advances includes major investments by Mount Sinai in genomics, high performance computing, computational biology, molecular pathology and imaging to enhance our ability to predict, diagnose, treat and prevent human disease. Whenever possible, the School transforms its discoveries into products that will benefit the public by pursuing patent applications, licenses and spinouts. Each year, our SINAInnovations conference brings together thought leaders from a broad spectrum of professions for discussion and idea exchange specifically relating to teamwork, creativity and discovery.

The luminary scientific and clinical programs of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai converge into a remarkable foundation for education. Mount Sinai attracts MD, PhD and Masters candidates from the best undergraduate institutions. Highly accomplished faculty groom our students and postdoctoral clinical and research trainees to be medical and scientific experts as well as informed advocates and activists who will advance clinical care and science and serve as catalysts for progress.

Ensuring a stimulating and exciting learning environment for students and trainees is a top priority. Our pioneering approaches, models for other schools, are illustrated in a few recent examples:

  • The new FlexMed program offers an alternative medical school admissions path for highly motivated college sophomores. Undergraduates accepted through FlexMed are not limited to a traditional premed course load, and can pursue their interests in engineering, physics, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and other areas. This will contribute significantly to the rich diversity of student interests, strengths and backgrounds that are so important at Mount Sinai.
  • A progressive new MD program curriculum implemented with the 2013 incoming class combines the teaching of essential factual material with a compassionate, collaborative approach to medical practice and scientific investigation.
  • A new PhD track, Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, gives graduate students problem-based advanced training in biomedical sciences, engineering, and social sciences relevant to technology development.
  • A first-ever course on Whole Genome Sequencing offers students the option to sequence, analyze and interpret their own complete genome.

Our students' hunger for knowledge is matched by their strong commitment to community service. The East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) operated by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students provides confidential, no cost, high quality primary care to uninsured area residents. In times of crisis, our students are early responders, as compellingly demonstrated during Hurricane Sandy and the earthquake in Haiti, as well as local fires, blackouts and other emergencies. The new Arnhold Global Health Institute provides additional venues for students and their mentors to improve the health and protect the human rights of people around the world through research, education and patient care initiatives.

As the sole medical school partnering with the seven member hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System -- including The Mount Sinai Hospital, ranked among the nation's best -- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai serves and studies a large and diverse patient population. Emphasizing a patient-centered model of clinical care, our multidisciplinary Doctors of Mount Sinai Faculty Practice is growing each year and receives excellent patient feedback. An expanding primary care presence complements our renowned tertiary and quaternary services, creating a continuum of care that ensures the highest quality services for all of our patients. Basic research and translational medicine discoveries throughout the Health System enable our faculty to pursue cutting edge approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease.

A recent academic affiliation forged between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) pairs the unique biomedical research and patient care strengths of Mount Sinai with the engineering and invention prototyping expertise of RPI; complementary research programs may lead to new medical care and treatment approaches in such diverse areas as neuroscience and neurological diseases, genomics, imaging, orthopedics, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Similarly, a new affiliation with National Jewish Health in Denver, the nation's leading respiratory hospital, focuses on differentiated care and research in respiratory and related diseases.

I welcome you to learn more about Icahn School of Medicine. Explore our website, meet our faculty and talk to our students. The expertise, accomplishments, creativity, enthusiasm and commitment you encounter are certain to persuade you that Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the place you want to be.


Dennis S. Charney, MD
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
President for Academic Affairs
Mount Sinai Health System

View Dean Charney's State of the School presentation here

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