Learning Communities Institute 15th Annual Conference

September 28, 2018 (Pre-course)
September 29-30, 2018 (Main course)

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place (Madison Ave at 100th Street)
New York, NY 10029

Main Course Description

This two-day conference (with a half-day pre-course) is presented by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Learning Communities Institute to enhance learning and collaboration among leaders, faculty, staff and students involved in medical school learning communities. The conference will provide workshops and skills sessions in small groups, concurrent presentations on innovations, scholarship, and tools-of-the-trade, and two plenary addresses. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity for shared dialog and reflection in small learning groups.

Pre-Course Description

This half day session is designed for faculty and administrative staff (and students welcome if their schedule allows). The theme for the pre-course is “Creating Community, Broadening Learning."

Using Boyer’s framework for community, the pre-course will include four workshops:

  • Community as Caring: Program activities that enhance wellness and resilience
  • Community as Disciplined and Purposeful: Growing our programs to promote community or broaden our community
  • Community as Open and Just: Making our community more inclusive and welcoming
  • Community as Celebrative: Creating Inviting Social Events and Ceremonies to promote Learning and build Community

Participants can attend two of four workshops, and we urge schools to send teams to cover all four.


The LCI 15th Annual Conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.™


Please click here to view the full agenda for our 15th Annual Conference.

Traveling between Mount Sinai & New York Airports

From LaGuardia (LGA) it's easiest to take a cab or an Uber/Lyft if a person can. Alternatively if there is no rush there is the Q70 LGA link bus which goes to 74th street Jackson Heights/Roosevelt stop on the subway for the E, F, M, R and 7 trains into Manhattan. Click here for Public Transport Information and Schedules. The bus is fast and reliable but the trains are often on alternate schedules and routes on the weekend. By cab from LGA to Sinai on a weekend is generally no more than 30 minutes (barring some street fairs or parades). A cab is best way to go from Mount Sinai to LGA.

From JFK, the cab fare to Manhattan is a flat rate ($52 plus tolls and some surcharges for rush hour). Alternatively, one can take the Airtrain to the E subway station at Jamaica and then the E into Manhattan. This is a good option if luggage is light and the E is working fine (you can check here for subway service alerts: http://alert.mta.info/). By cab from JFK to Mount Sinai would be no more than 1 hour. From Mount Sinai to JFK the cost can get high depending on traffic as going there is not a flat rate. So if one has time, taking the E to the Airtrain which is much cheaper and no traffic issues.

(note: thanks to my good colleague and seasoned traveler Dr. Reena Karani for this advice!)