Graduate Student Resources

Student Portal

Mistreatment Reporting

Mount Sinai Institutional Policies

Social Resources

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Housing Resources

Financial Resources

Child Care Resources

Career Development

Navigating Career Choices

Grants and Fellowships

Conflict Management

How to be a Good Mentee

How to be an Effective Mentor

 Mistreatment Reporting

Ombuds Office Link
The Ombuds office is a safe, informal, impartial, and strictly confidential place where students and postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, residents and fellows in the Graduate Medical Education programs, and faculty can freely discuss any issue of concern. The office functions independently of any organizational structure. Tel: 212-659-8848

Mistreatment Reporting Form Link
Mount Sinai has a zero tolerance policy for mistreatment, harassment, or discrimination of students and trainees. Any instances of these behaviors can be reported using this feedback Form. This form can be completed anonymously.

Trainee Mistreatment Resource Panel Link
The Trainee Mistreatment Resource Panel is a student-run organization founded in 2016 that is dedicated to extending the resources available for all research trainees (graduate students and postdocs) to report mistreatment and thus assist students and postdocs in reaching out for Institutional support. Engaging with this resource permits the trainee to remain anonymous, unless he or she chooses to reveal their identity.

Mt. Sinai Student Policies

Student Policies and Graduate Student Handbook Link

Social Resources

Trainee Health and Wellness (THAW) Link

Other Student Groups at Sinai Link

Sinai Recreation Office Link

Get the Nudge to text you weekly ideas for plans in NYC

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Student Trainee Mental Health: Link
STMH is currently offering confidential telehealth services which are available to all students and postdocs regardless of insurance plan.
Call or email to set up an appointment.
9 am-5 pm: 212-659-8805
Meet the Team

***At this time STMH may not be able to provide care to students not residing in NY state due to telehealth regulations that vary across states. Solutions to refer these students to other providers are being explored and this page will be updated as soon as more details are available.

Hotline Number

For after-hours support, please call this 24/7 hotline dedicated specifically for Mount Sinai Students and Postdocs. 212-241-2400 (or 1-866-339-7725).

***Please note that anyone can talk to a licensed counselor by calling this number regardless of their current location.

Trainee Health and Wellness Link

Sinai Calm Events (Weekly Yoga, Meditation, Art) Link

Social Workers 1:1 Support Get in touch with some of Mount Sinai’s amazing social workers for one-on-one support. Learn more about them and their areas of expertise here: Link

Sinai Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth Link                                                                     Telephone: 212-659-5564


Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health

Outside Sinai Mental Health Resources

Websites to help you find a mental health provider:







Disability Services Link
Christine Low, MSW, LCSW-R Director, Disability Services
Phone: 212 241-4785

Student Health Link
Open to all students regardless of insurance
Phone: 212-241-6023
Address: 17 East 102nd St, 4th Floor, Room D4-246
Schedule appointments online via MyChart
and find more info about hours/services on MARC via blackboard

Student health insurance info

Other Physical Wellness Resources:
92y Pass  
Citi Bike Membership Lottery (Look out for an email in ~July)

Housing Resources

Student Housing Link
Student Housing Manager: Cynthia Morales
Housing application Link

See the Postdoc Housing page for more floorplans for other Sinai owned buildings

Pay Rent for Rose Associates Properties

Visit buildinglink for maintenance requests

NYC Apartment Resources Link

Housing Locator Map Link

Housing Office General Contact Info: 1249 Park Avenue, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10029.
Phone: 212-659-9630

Financial Resources

Covid Emergency Grant for students
The new ISMMS COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program provides support to students facing financial strain as a result of the Coronavirus. Students are not expected to repay these awards. These funds come from an allocation made to ISMMS from the US Department of Education and thus not all requests will be met with financial assistance. Requests will be reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Services, and student privacy will be maintained in this process. Fill out this form. You may contact LaVerne Walker, Director of Student Financial Services, at should you have any questions.

Emergency Loans from the Office of Student Financial Services

The ISMMS Student Emergency Loan Fund has $50,000 available for rotating loans.  A rotating loan account requires the loans be repaid, so new loans can be made to students on an ongoing basis. There are two types of loans available:

Short Term Loans ($500-$2,500)

Short term loans are awarded to students with immediate unexpected financial needs (delayed paycheck; unexpected travel costs).  Loans must be repaid within 90 days or before graduation, whichever is sooner.

Financial Aid Refund Advances ($500-$5,000)

Students with financial aid awards pending are able to receive an advance on their refund.  Once the refund is available for processing, the loans will be automatically repaid to the fund.

If any unexpected financial issues arise, please reach out to the Office of Student Financial Services ( to discuss next steps in requesting an emergency loan. Loan requests are processed as they are received.

Banking Resources:

Best Banks in New York City 2017 Link

Opening a Bank Account in the U.S. Tips for International Students Link

Child Care Resources

ISMMS Parent and Family Services Link

ISMMS Child Care Center Link

Mt. Sinai Child Care Resource Directory Link

Career Development

Office of Career Services & Strategy Link
The Office of Career Services & Strategy strives to provide effective personalized strategy for career path determination, focus and pursuit through individual appointments, walk-in office hours, workshops on the most relevant career topics, as well as resume feedback and interview preparation.
Dr. Ellie Schmelzer
Tel: 212-241-5256

Levy Library Link (Note that you can use this link to download papers off campus without a VPN!) Plus find other resources and workshops for research, writing, and more. 

BioCareers Link
BioCareers enhances ISMMS’ professional development resources and provides job postings in the life sciences as well as a variety of career options available nationwide to PhDs and MDs. This can be a good source of job listings for positions in pharmaceutical research, museum-based research, and academia. Registration is required.

New York Academy of Sciences Link
All first-year postdocs receive a complimentary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), which has extensive web-based and on-site professional development resources.

Individual Development Plan Link
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs strongly encourages postdoctoral fellows to take an early and active role in generating a concrete plan for their future, and Individual Development Plans (IDPs) can be of great assistance in this process. An excellent IDP has been generated by FASEB and AAAS. Ideally fellows will discuss their plans and steps they are taking toward achieving their goals with their PIs and other mentors.

Navigating Career Choices

Career options for PhDs (National Postdoc Association) Link
This site provides useful resources for 10 categories of careers available to postdocs

15 Career paths for PhDs and postdocs Link
This article describes 15 potential careers, including market research, entrepreneurship, and communication careers.

Applying for Grants and Fellowships

Sinai’s Grants and Contracts Office Link


Comprehensive List of Fellowships/Scholarships for Grad Students

Info for NRSA (F31) applicants

Who to contact if you’re planning to submit an F31 by department Link

Tips for writing an NRSA Link Link

Application instructions from the NIH

Page Limits Link

How to write a Biosketch

Managing Conflict

Mind Matters: Managing Conflict in the Lab Link
This summary article provides strategies to minimize conflict, including fostering improved communication, anticipating potential conflicts and resolving them before they arise, and addressing conflicts promptly to ensure that morale and productivity are maintained.

Overcoming Conflicts in the Lab—and Beyond Link
The author recounts how always having to be “right” damaged his career, and he provides a set of recommendations for solving conflicts in academic settings.

How to Be a Good Mentee

How to Be a Successful Mentee (including useful Types of Mentoring Relationships graphic) Link
This provides a list of the qualities of successful mentees, including a commitment to the mentoring relationship; flexibility and openness to suggestions; and the ability to integrate mentoring input as one aspect of a more complete professional development plan.

Tips for Mentees Link
This site describes the traits that promote the success of mentees, including taking ownership of your own learning; preparing for mentoring meetings and completing all agreed actions; and the willingness to identify career goals and to work to achieve them.

10 Tips for Being a Good Mentee Link
This resource provides guidance about succeeding as a mentee, including attending each meeting with a prepared agenda; setting realistic expectations; and being willing to take appropriate risks to further your career, such as learning new skills or participating in an activity that is new to you.

How to Be a Great Mentee Link
This site lists 10 tips for fostering a good mentorship, including understanding what you are seeking from the mentoring relationship, and pursuing the appropriate mentor; being proactive in maintaining the mentoring relationship; and being honest during mentoring conversations about any struggles you might be experiencing, to fully benefit from your mentor’s guidance.

It Takes Two: A Guide to Being a Good Mentee Link
This guide advises how you can ensure that your mentor mutually benefits from your mentoring relationship. Tips include being proactive and committed, to demonstrate that the mentoring relationship is important to you; returning reciprocal benefit to your mentor; and being appreciative of your mentor’s time.

How to Be an Effective Mentor

Nature’s Guide for Mentoring Link
This detailed guide provides extensive advice on effective mentoring, including being enthusiastic about the mentoring relationship; being sensitive to your mentee’s individuality; and being a source of inspiration and optimism for your mentee.

Career Toolkit: Mentoring Link
This set of resources includes beneficial qualities for mentors to possess, including availability for regular meetings; asking thoughtful and insightful questions; and being widely read and providing insightful suggestions.

Mentoring in the Middle: Advice for Postdocs Link
This guide provides advice for postdocs who seek to be mentors, including encouraging your mentee to set goals; being an active listener who inquires about your mentee’s progress and provides useful suggestions; and encouraging your mentee to be a part of the larger community to extend their support system beyond the immediate mentoring relationship.

Mentoring International Postdocs Link
This extensive guide provides detailed resources on topics including navigating life in the US, language barriers, and visa issues.