Mount Sinai-GLG Scholars Named


March 02, 2016

Partnership Aims to Advance Transformation in Medical Education Through Pilot Program

Inaugural Class of Seven Will Learn Directly from Top Experts Across Fields, Extending GLG Model into Medical Education

New York, New York; March 2, 2016 — The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) today announced the Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars program. The partnership between a top medical school and the world’s leading platform for professional learning will create new opportunities for select medical students interested in global health to supplement their formal curriculum with one-on-one learning from top experts across industries and geographies.

The program launches with seven Global Health Scholars. The Scholars will partner with GLG research specialists and faculty at the Arnhold Institute to create individualized learning plans based on the Scholars’ unique research interests within global health. These plans will include one-on-one interactions with experts from GLG’s membership – including policy specialists, global business leaders, and other top professionals – as well as catalytic learning opportunities in the classroom and in the field.

“Our students thrive on a culture of academic rigor, mentorship, and self-discovery. These Global Health Scholars will have unprecedented resources available to aid them,” said David Muller, MD, Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education and Dean for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Our FlexMed program and our partnerships with Google and Deloitte Consulting have put Mount Sinai at the front of a paradigm shift in medical education and this partnership with GLG continues that trajectory.”

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn, and together with Mount Sinai we now extend this mission into professional education at the highest level,” said GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand, who is also a member of the Friends of Mount Sinai Advisory Board. “At GLG, we often repeat the medical school refrain of ‘see one, do one, teach one,’ as key to learning. The Icahn School and Arnhold Institute are leaders in progressive medical education who embrace this approach, and we’re thrilled to join with them to bring transformational learning to tomorrow’s global health leaders.”

The basic medical training format – two years in the classroom followed by two years of clinical training – was codified in 1910. In the 1960s, the problem-based classroom curriculum (similar to a business school case-based approach) was added. But in the last half-century, scientific knowledge has exploded. Healthcare systems have grown more complex, networked technologies have a growing role in delivering care, the importance of a solitary physician has given way to team-based care models, and the role of neighborhoods and communities emerged as a critical ingredient in health outcomes.

“As medicine evolves in the 21st century, so must medical education. The purpose of training great clinicians in 2016 is for them to see clearly the world around their patients and to help them root their practice in that space,” said Prabhjot Singh, MD, the Director of the Arnhold Institute and Vice Chairman of Medicine for Population Health at the Icahn School. “The Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars will have pioneering tools at their disposal to see the world around their patients, to understand it, and to navigate it.”

The first class of Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars, all first-year medical students, include:

  • Nikita Gupta – B.A.: Johns Hopkins University, Neuroscience, 2013. Focus: How global health networks can better serve marginalized communities worldwide.
  • Syed Haider – B.S.: CUNY City College, Biology, 2014. Focus: How traumatic brain injury impacts vulnerable populations such as children, elderly, veterans, and refugees.
  • Lillian Jin – B.A.: Columbia University, Biology and English, 2013. M.P.H.: University College Dublin, 2015. Focus: How global health policy and health systems can address social determinants of health disparities.
  • Samuel Kebede – B.A.: Johns Hopkins University, Public Health, 2015. Focus: How public health practitioners can foster community empowerment in Africa.
  • Isaiah Levy – B.S.: Johns Hopkins University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2015. Focus: How engineering can be used alongside medicine to tackle healthcare challenges among vulnerable populations.
  • Taylor Miller – B.S.: Georgetown University, International Economics, 2013. Focus: How health policy and the development of health leaders can improve access to healthcare.
  • Mimi Smith – B.S.: Georgetown University, Biotechnology and Global Health, 2010. Post-Baccalaureate in pre-medical studies: Johns Hopkins University, 2015. Focus: How clinical practice, public health research, and health advocacy can be employed to improve global health.

“Our first class of Global Health Scholars is a remarkable group of rising global health leaders, all dedicated both to learning and to service,” said Jen Field, GLG’s Director of Social Impact. “They are a diverse group in every way, but they’re connected by personal experiences that inform and drive their commitment to global health. We’re proud to welcome them to GLG’s learning community.”

GLG was founded to serve professionals who needed perspective they couldn’t find in one-size-fits-all industry reports, courses, or conferences. Today GLG facilitates thousands of connections a week between the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups and its growing pool of expertise.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services — from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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About the Arnhold Institute for Global Health

We seek to improve the health of people and the communities they live in, both at home and abroad. To achieve this mission, the Arnhold Institute designs, accelerates and scales healthcare models that put people first and drive meaningful impacts on health and wellbeing. By combining innovative thinking with intellectual rigor, making maximum use of both human and technological resources, and giving equal weight to the demands of the present and the predicted needs of the future, we look to create successful models that transform global health.

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from more than 425,000 members and other experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s approximately 1,100 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit

About GLG Social Impact

GLG Social Impact connects social sector organizations with experts across industries and geographies for perspectives and expertise to accelerate the impact of their work, including through the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. GLG Social Impact partners with leading social sector organizations around the world, including the Clinton Development Initiative, Endeavor, the Bridgespan Group, and the Julliard School, among others. To find out more, visit