Mount Sinai – Department of Pediatrics

Medical Student Education in the Preclinical Years

The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics contribute their expertise
to many of the courses in the first and second year curriculum in the Mount
Sinai School of Medicine. A 28-hour course in Genetics is given in the
first year by the Department of
Human Genetics
under the direction of its chairman, Robert
J. Desnick, Ph.D., M.D.
, who also serves as the Chief of the Division
of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. The first-year course in Human
Development includes a large section on growth and development and is taught
by John
Garwood, M.D.
, and colleagues. The second-year course in Nutrition is
directed by Neal
LeLeiko, M.D., Ph.D. Pediatric faculty from this division and the Divisions
of “, Infectious
, “,
“, “,
and ” have prominent
teaching roles in many courses during the preclinical years.

General Pediatric Clerkship

There is a 12-week pediatric clerkship during the clinical years. A
required eight-week course during the third year is divided into blocks.
The inpatient portion of the course is taught at The
Mount Sinai Hospital
, the Saint
Barnabas Health Care System
, Elmhurst
Hospital Center
, and Maimonides
Medical Center
. The students function as members of the ward team and
also meet as a group with full-time and voluntary faculty members who serve
as their preceptors. The outpatient portion of the third-year clerkship
is taught in the ambulatory care divisions at the above institutions, North
General Hospital
, NYC Department of Health sites, and at several school-based
programs. In addition to participating in the teaching conferences and
rounds with the pediatric residents, students have 30 hours of teaching
conferences designed specifically for them.

The clerkship is directed by Jennifer
Koestler, M.D.
; she is assisted by Melissa Robbins, Clerkship Coordinator.
The fourth-year clerkship is a four-week rotation that may be done on the
inpatient services of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center,
and Newark-Beth
Israel Medical Center
. Students function as an integral part of the
ward team under the supervision of the senior housestaff and ward attendings.
In addition, students can elect to do their fourth-year clerkship in the
neonatal ICU at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and in the Pediatric Emergency
Departments at Mount Sinai and Elmhurst Hospitals. Student performance
is coordinated by Joel
Forman, M.D.
, Director of Pediatric Medical Education.

Students in the third- and fourth-years are offered a wide variety of
electives at the Hospital, the affiliates, and in the private offices of
the voluntary staff.

Residency Training

Joel Forman, M.D., is Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Training
Program. He is assisted by Lorrie Garcia, Administrative Assistant and
Res. idency Program Coordinator.

For 2000-1, there are 22 first-year house officers (15 categorical,
4 Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, 2 Peds/Psych/Child Psych Triple Board,
and 1 Medical Genetics). There are 20 PGY-2 trainees (15 categorical,
4 Med/Peds, 1 Genetics), 23 PGY-3 trainees (16 categorical, 4 Med/Peds,
2 Triple Board, 1 Genetics), 4 PL-4 Med/Peds trainees, and 2 Chief Residents.
Our graduates continue their outstanding performance on the written examination
of the American Board of Pediatrics and the subspecialty boards.

The Mount Sinai Hospital and the affiliated departments at Englewood
, Elmhurst Hospital Center, St. Barnabas Health Care System,
and Maimonides Medical Center have continued to provide a rich and varied
learning environment for house staff and students. A house staff mentoring
program under the direction of Lorrie Garcia helps provide trainees with
career guidance and evaluation of their progress. A course in Pediatric
Advanced Life Support is directed by Joanne Hojsak, M.D., and Ian Holzman,
M.D., directs the course in Neonatal Resuscitation.

Postgraduate Education

The Department is actively involved in postgraduate education at Mount
Sinai. Pediatric Grand Rounds is held weekly and continues to be a forum
for interaction between the full-time and voluntary faculties. Distinguished
faculty from the School of Medicine and outside experts provide the Department
with a stimulating program during the year. The faculty continue to contribute
to a variety of courses given under the auspices of the Page and William
Black School of Post-Graduate Medical Education.

Program Director

Forman, M.D.


Koestler, M.D.

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