The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is located in East Harlem, and its community is among the most affected by health policy decisions made at the national, state, and municipal level. Mount Sinai medical students are acutely aware that physicians have a vital role to play as advocates for vulnerable patients and leaders in health policy, where decisions can have a major impact on our patients’ lives. Yet, health policy and leadership are not significant parts of medical education. When they are taught, it is often from a birds-eye view, with little discussion of the impact of policy decisions on the lives of patients.
The Leaders in Health Policy track at Mount Sinai has a triple aim:
•Empower medical students to take action now to effect current health policy through research, their writing, advocacy, and conference attendance.
We hope to do this in the following ways:
Engaged Participation in a Comprehensive Nexus Course
Students selected for the program will attend the American Healthcare System Nexus course, a year-long biweekly curriculum featuring outside experts on the following key components:
•Social Determinants: Homelessness, Poverty, etc.
By the end of the course, students will have gained a working understanding of each of the key pieces of the US healthcare system, a familiarity with key terms and concepts, and an exposure to important issues needing further reform in each area. Classes will be interactive, engaging, and accessible to both outside participants and core LHP fellows.
Case Studies in Leadership
Starting in February, students will be exposed to high-profile healthcare leaders who will share how they have accomplished meaningful healthcare change in the following areas:
• Health System Leadership
Engaged Community with Like-Minded Students and Faculty
After almost every Nexus course session, LHP fellows will come together in a more informal setting to engage in more intimate and involved guided discussions about pertinent policy issues related to the area most recently covered. These happy hour meetings are meant to build community, provide a forum for more lively discussion, and push fellows to explore potential solutions to commonly posed healthcare problems.
Assistance in Writing and Publishing Health Policy Perspectives
Students will be encouraged to discover issues that are personally meaningful to them and will be encouraged to work in dyads to develop articulate, informed points of view. Program directors and faculty advisors will assist students in finding experts willing to provide input and evidence, edit and guide students in writing meaningful perspectives, and help in selecting appropriate media or journal outlets for publication. By the end of the program, each student will have published two articles on health policy topics of their choice.
Structured Mentorship and Opportunities to Shadow
Our faculty advisors will provide opportunities to guide students towards resources, coordinate shadowing experience, and guide their professional development. All students will be asked to engage in policy-focused shadowing and to provide reflections on their experiences.
AOA-Funded Support for Conference Attendance and Research
Our status as an AOA-funded initiative allows us to offer financial support for students to attend health policy conferences and/or undertake policy-focused research projects.
If being a part of the program sounds exciting to you, click the “Contact us / Apply to LHP” tab and fill out the application!