ISMMS is proud of its alumni. Most of the students who complete the PhD program pursue a postdoctoral research-training period before entering a more permanent position and most of the MD/PhD graduates complete a residency and/or fellowship. The faculty of the program actively assists and guides the students in identifying an optimal position.
After the immediate postdoctoral work, our graduates have gone on to a gratifying array of research positions in academic, medical, and industrial settings. Alumni of ISMMS’s Graduate School, both PhD and MD/PhD, hold faculty positions at colleges and universities around the country, including Barnard, City University of New York, Columbia, Cornell Med, Duke, Einstein, Harvard, McGill U, Med Coll Virginia, ISMMS, NY Med Coll, NYU, NYU Med, N Texas State, Northwestern, Ponce Sch Med (Puerto Rico), Rutgers, St. Joseph Coll, SUNY Upstate, Tuskegee Institute, UC Davis, UCLA, U Colorado Med Ctr, U Conn, U Indiana, U Mass, UMDNJ, U Minnesota, U North Carolina, U Penn, U Pittsburgh, U Texas, U Washington, Williams, and Yale. Several of our alumni are working in distinguished research institutes such as the National Institutes of Health and Fox Chase. Our alumni are similarly well‑represented in research laboratories of major pharmaceutical and other industrial firms, such as Advanced Tissue Sciences, Alliance Pharm, Amgen, Astra, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dupont-Merck, Eli Lilly, Enzon, Inc., Genetix Pharm, Hewlett-Packard, Immunomedia, Incstar, Metpath, Novartis, Oncogene Science Inc., OrthoBiotech, OrthoLogic, Otsuka-America Pharm, Proctor & Gamble, Schering-Plough, Sephcor, Smith-Kline Beecham Pharm, Trophix Pharm and Wyeth-Lederle. In addition, ISMMS graduates have gravitated towards science writing, patent law, business aspects of science, and public policy areas. Some of the students who complete the PhD program at ISMMS find that their interests have become clinically oriented. For such students the natural next step is sometimes medical school. A number of our PhD alumni have accordingly gone on to excellent medical schools, including ISMMS, ultimately pursuing careers in academic medicine.
The Graduate School maintains a close relationship with its graduates. Periodically, alumni return to participate in teaching or seminar activities. They join us during site visits and retreats and report on their activities with enjoyable regularity. The Graduate School alumni are invited to join the Associated Alumni of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and they receive a quarterly bulletin that includes alumni and institutional news. The Graduate School alumni helped establish an emergency fund to help current students in the event of an emergency financial need. They have also been helpful in bringing job opportunities at their current institutions to the attention of our students and more recent graduates.
The Graduate School has developed an online alumni database for its PhD and MD/PhD graduates. Alumni can view their information and update it as often as it is needed.
1. Alumni Association Membership –
The ISMMS Alumni encompasses graduates of the Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, former interns, residents and fellows, as well as past and active members of the basic science and clinical faculty. The association is dedicated to promoting enduring relationships among members, furthering ISMMS’s educational and charitable endeavors, and promoting scholarship for students and physicians-in-training. Senior students will be asked to enroll in the association upon graduation, and will receive all benefits of membership, but will not be expected to become dues-paying members of the Alumni Association until postgraduate training is completed. The Student Council selects a member to serve as student liaison to the Alumni Executive Board; however, student input and participation in alumni-sponsored programs and activities is always encouraged. The Alumni Office is located in the plaza of the Annenberg Building. Students are welcome to visit the office at any time to speak with staff.