At the beginning of this week, I had the opportunity to go to New York and visit the Scientific Computing Department at Mount Sinai Medical School. The experience was incredible.
For those of you that don’t know, Mount Sinai is world renowned for the research that is done at the various labs, institutes and centers. Mount Sinai researchers from all disciplines are rewarded some of the highest funding in the country from places like NIH (National Institutes of Health).
The Scientific Computing department, established in 2011, is the keeper of the machines and disseminator of data used by researchers of various descriptions, from the medical student working on final project to the seasoned genomics scientist trying to test a hypothesis that just might change the world as we know it.
The tools available to aid in biomedical research are vast and often confusing. At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, there is a Masters of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MSBMI) degree that teaches students how to develop the required skills to truly excel in biomedical scientific discover. Students learn the practical computational and data science skills required for biomedical research. With its “Five Core Competency” approach, students with either a computer science background or a bioscience background will pick up the core disciplines missing from the primary degrees. Thus, allowing the students the opportunity to be the best trained and most well-rounded in the realm of informatics in the country.