Biol W3995


Fall, 2014


David H. Newman, MD

Director of Clinical Research

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Department of Emergency Medicine

3 E. 101st

New York, NY 10029


Office Hours will be arranged on an individual basis, please email or call.

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students who are interested in medical careers to the goals, nomenclature, principles, and practical reality of clinical research, with an emphasis on the emergency department (ED) setting. The course focuses on terminology, data collection techniques, research design, and basic biostatistics. Understanding research and clinical emergency medicine as an avenue to understanding clinical studies and their implications will be emphasized. Group exercises will include design and implementation of factitious hypothetical studies where funding, time scale, and resource availability will be considered. A mid-term examination will concentrate on terminology, data collection techniques, and a final examination will focus on research design. Basic didactic biostatistics material will be taught primarily for purposes of familiarization and interpretation of research and will be aimed at the non-mathematician (no Math or Statistics pre-requisites). There will be an option for a 1-point or 2-point version of the course when registering. The 1-point course will include didactic material and one lecture per week, and will not include ED time. The 2-point course (limited to 40 students per semester) in which students will act as research assistants will require inclusion in the Sinai Associates research assistant program at Mount Sinai-St. Lukes, Mount Sinai-Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai Hospital in the emergency department. This includes two 4-hour shifts per week of ED time in which students will assist in the execution of clinical research including performing consents, data collection, and database interaction (for further details regarding the Sinai Research Associate program, see the web site ( Evening practical sessions will cover ongoing individual ED projects in depth, and students will be shown and instructed on basic procedural skills in emergency medicine as well as shown dynamic and static invasive imaging including ultrasound and others. The 2-point course is recommended for those students looking to gain clinical research experience and hands on ED time with physicians in the clinical setting, but is dependent upon availability and an application process with a deadline that typically occurs in the spring prior to the course.