A Teaching Hospital
Commitment to Education
Since its inception, education has been a core component of Sinai Hospital’s mission. In particular, historic antisemitism in the medical professions was the impetus for developing Sinai’s postgraduate education programs (residencies), giving aspiring doctors the opportunity to learn their craft. Educational opportunities at Sinai eventually expanded to include programs in nursing, physician assistant, pharmacology, and radiological technology, among others.
Graduate Medical Programs
After more than 150 years as an independent academic medical center, and despite not having a university affiliation, Sinai grew to be the third largest residency program in the State of Maryland. Graduate medical programs currently include 7 full-time residency programs in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Other residency programs over the years have included Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Urology, and Dental Surgery.
Sinai Hospital (then Hebrew Hospital) established a nursing school in 1906, graduating more than 1,600 students until its closure in 1975. However, recognizing the importance of training and retaining a well-educated nursing staff, Sinai Hospital partnered with Church Hospital and Johns Hopkins University Hospital in 1983 to offer nursing degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of these nurses stayed at Sinai or worked in the Baltimore area.
Sinai Hospital has maintained a roster of full-time faculty since the beginning of its residency programs in 1928, eventually exceeding over 100 faculty members. Some of these faculty members have included titans in their respective fields of medicine, such as Dr. Albert Mendeloff, founder of the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and former Chief of Sinai’s Department of Medicine, and a vast majority has held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The first Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology was world-renowned Dr. Alan Guttmacher, who went on to establish Planned Parenthood nationally.
Sinai continues to make a commitment to medical education, drawing applicants from all over the world. Sinai's educational programs provide a unique experience that blends innovative care with a community-based approach. Some of the graduates from Sinai's programs have continued at Sinai as faculty, as staff members, in private practice, and/or practice at various prestigious hospitals in the country, as well as conducting research. Hospital educational programs continue to inspire our staff physicians and faculty to stay current and learn cutting-edge techniques.