Infectious Diseases Residency Program

The PGY-2 in Infectious Diseases is a 12-month training program. The objective is to provide opportunities in direct patient care, administration, education, and research that lead to the development of an independent and competent infectious diseases pharmacy specialist.

The infectious diseases residency is part of The Mount Sinai Hospital's clinical infectious diseases services and their Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. The Division of Infectious Diseases offers inpatient consultative services in General ID, Oncology ID, Transplant ID, and HIV. The General ID consult service sees patients throughout the hospital, on medical, surgical, and intensive care units for a variety of general infectious diseases. The oncology ID consult service receives referrals for bone marrow transplant patients as well as patients with hematologic malignancies while the transplant ID consult service receives referrals for solid organ (liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, small bowel) transplant patients.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at The Mount Sinai Hospital promotes the rational, safe, and cost-conscious use of antimicrobials. The ASP consists of three full-time clinical pharmacists with specialties in Infectious Diseases, as well as a dedicated Infectious Diseases Attending Physician. The activities of the ASP generally include the daily approval and review of the selection, dosing, route, and duration of therapy of restricted antimicrobials. The ASP is also responsible for developing policies and guidelines for the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and reviewing new antimicrobials for formulary consideration.

Learning Experiences

Core Rotations

  • Adult General ID Consult I and II
  • Solid Organ Transplant ID Consult 
  • Oncology ID Consult
  • Microbiology
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit

Elective Rotations

  • HIV Inpatient
  • Pediatric ID
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Oncology ID II
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Transplant ID II

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Academia (Didactic and Experiential, Touro College of Pharmacy)
  • Antibiotic Stewardship 
  • HIV Clinic
  • Research
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Staffing: ICU pharmacy satellite and on-call weekends for antibiotic approvals/month 


Funding is available for educational meetings as well as membership in national and state professional organizations.  Residents receive an annual stipend and are eligible for health insurance and paid time off.

Application Information

  1. Registration with National Matching Services
  2. Complete application materials 
    1. Application form
    2. Letter of interest
    3. Professional writing sample
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. ALL post-secondary transcripts, including pre-pharmacy coursework and prior degrees
  3. Applicants must be eligible for a NYS Pharmacy license and obtain an intern permit prior to starting the residency
  4. All residents must become licensed in NYS prior to completing the residency
  5. This residency participates in the ASHP Matching Program and is fully accredited by ASHP


Polina Lerner, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
Director, PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program
The Mount Sinai Hospital
1425 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10029
Work: 212-659-1742
Mobile: 646-847-6678
Pager: 8554

Michael Liu, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP, BCNSP, BCPS
Assistant Dean of Clinical and Professional Affairs
3 Times Square, Suite 834
New York, NY 10036