TL1 program for under-represented minorities

STTEP-UP Initiative in Science and Medicine

What is the TL1 STTEP-UP initiative at Mount Sinai?

This program is designed to enable highly motivated URM trainees in residency, subspecialty fellowship training or postdoctoral laboratory positions within our health care system, to become innovative leaders and entrepreneurs in clinical and translational research. The program is designed to provide candidates with the critical thinking skills to evaluate the validity and implications of the published literature and plethora of available information through digital and internet resources; formulate testable hypotheses, design informative, effective and efficient studies, analyze data correctly and interpret quantitative and qualitative findings and their potential impact on the health of individuals across the life cycle.

What does the TL1 STTEP-UP curriculum include?

The curriculum components of the program include:

  • Academic Skills
    o Time management& work / life balance
    o Mentorship
    o Communication Styles
    o Leadership
    o Team Science
    o Practical Tips for Negotiating your Career
    o Must Know Financial Concepts
  • INCHOIR Learning Lab, which will entail participation in hands-on training in clinical and translational science, utilizing an established data repository for secondary data analysis, and monthly didactics on fundamentals in interventional studies culminating in a two day virtual clinical trial development workshop.
  • Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Teamwork with other trainees throughout the education process.
  • Individual Career Development with Primary Mentor & Interdisciplinary Mentor Team
  • Career Development Seminars in the following topics:
  • o Loan Repayment Program
    o Diversity Supplements
    o Mentored Awards Roadmap
  • T32 Networking Seminar Series
  • “Meet the Expert” Mentored Investigator “K Club Series”
  • Annual Next Steps Symposium, which will highlight nationally-renowned URM Clinical and Translational Investigators


Application Process and Application Form
We are currently seeking nominations for the academic year starting July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The deadline for 2019 applications is May 31, 2019.
This competitive program utilizes an NCATS funded NRSA TL1 mechanism and provides salary support and tuition dollars for four postdoctoral trainees per year. Awardees are expected to commit 75% of their time and effort to research and program activities.
Interested applicants should complete a full application and submit by email to Layla Fattah by May 31, 2019. 

A full application includes:

  • Completed application form (download this below) which should include a brief overview concerning prior, current and/or upcoming involvement in a research project as well as the motivation for embracing a career in clinical translational research 1
  • Current curriculum vitae including bibliography.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your Training Program Director AND 1 letter of recommendation from your Division Chief or Department/Institute/Center Chairperson. These respective letters should indicate that the training program director, division chief or department/institute/center chairperson is committed to making 75% of the trainee’s time available in order to participate in the required academic programs.
  • 1 letter of support and commitment from the faculty member who will serve as the research mentor, including description of the faculty member’s mentoring experience and a discussion of the mentoring plan (frequency of meetings and expectations).
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email or contact the office at 212-824-7014. We look forward to receiving your application.

1  If an applicant has recently developed or submitted a research proposal or protocol, the specific aim page or synopsis respectively can be used instead

TL1 Leadership

Janice Gabrilove, MD, FACP
The James F. Holland Professor of Medicine and Oncological Sciences
Associate Director, Education & Training
The Tisch Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center
Director, Clinical Research Education Programs
(CRTP, Masters of Science (MSCR) & PhD in Clinical Research)
Co-Director, KL2 Scholars & PORTAL (MD/MSCR) Programs

Emilia Bagiella, PhD
Professor of Population Health Science and Policy
Director, Center for Biostatistics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Department of Population Health Science and Policy


Emma K. T. Benn, DrPH, MPH  
Assistant Professor
Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Biostatistics Co-Director of the MS in Biostatistics Program Department of Population Health Science and Policy