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 weekly curriculum. Experts lecture on issues including:
By the end of the course, students will have gained a working understanding of each of the key pieces of health care systems, a familiarity with key terms and concepts, and an exposure to important issues needing further reform. Students not in LHP will also be invited to attend these interactive, engaging lectures.
Engaged Community with Like-Minded Students and Faculty
Once a week, 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 in the Nexus course. These lunch meetings are meant to build community, provide a forum for more lively debates, and push fellows to explore potential solutions to commonly posed health care problems. The faculty mentors will attend these meetings periodically to work with students and encourage conversation.
Our faculty advisors will be closely involved and will provide opportunities to guide students towards resources and guide their professional development. We strongly encourage all students to engage in policy-focused shadowing and to provide reflections on their experiences.
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 coming up with topics, 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 the opportunity to publish articles and/or research on health policy topics of their choice.
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 or if you want more information, please email the co-heads for the 2019-2010 academic year: Jacob Morey, George Mellgard, or Emily Spiera.