Student Groups & Programs

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is committed to diversity and inclusion, and so are our students. Our students are involved in social activism, both at the school and in the local community. We demonstrate this dedication through our wide range of community outreach activities as well as student organizations and student-initiated electives.

Community Outreach

Our students are actively involved with the East Harlem community through the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA). Our diversity programs enable medical students and faculty to work with local community partners, provide community service learning opportunities, encourage community-based participatory research, and organize health events within East Harlem. Our activities are wide-ranging and include:

  • East Harlem Walking Tour
    An official School of Medicine orientation event, the tour introduces students to the neighborhood where they will train for the next four years.
  • Education Pipeline Programs
    This program offers enrichment to underrepresented students at the middle, high school, collegiate, graduate, and medical school levels through the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE).
  • Irwin Gelernt, MD, Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students
    We award this merit-based scholarship to one of our second-year medical students who is a member of a racial and/or ethnic underrepresented group in medicine and who has demonstrated dedication to leadership, advocacy, and service within the community. The scholarship includes a stipend, mentorship, networking opportunities, access to professional and technical resources, and the opportunity to conduct and present a focused research project and participate in professional development workshops. The CMCA Scholarship Committee solicits nominations and makes a selection annually in the fall.
  • Golden Family Community Pediatrics Award
    A partnership between CMCA and the Division of General Pediatrics, this award offers up to two of our medical students a $3,000 research stipend to participate in a mentored research project in community pediatrics. We distribute this award in partnership with the Medical Student Research Office.
  • FlexMed
    FlexMed is a progressive program that enables college sophomores of any major to apply to early acceptance to ISMMS. The program provides flexibility in education with early assurance of admissions into medical school.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
    Sponsored by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, SURP is a 10-week program that offers intensive research training in a cutting-edge biomedical laboratory to outstanding undergraduate students who plan to pursue an MD/PhD or a PhD in a biomedical field.

We are also committed to increasing the number of applications to medical school from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. To accomplish this, we partner with key local and regional organizations.

  • Medical Discovery of Careers (MedDOCs)
    Entirely led by our medical students, MedDOCs is a nine-week program held twice each year, in the fall and spring semesters. The program offers two separate curricula: the fall session focuses on the cardiovascular system and the spring session focuses on the pulmonary system.
  • Mount Sinai Community Health Fair
    The Mount Sinai Community Health Fair is our largest student-led annual event. It provides free access to health screenings, bilingual health information, and resources to East and Central Harlem community members.
  • Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship
    We offer this fellowship to a limited number of qualified fourth-year minority medical students who attend U.S. medical schools and want access to our four-week electives.
  • Annual Fall Open House and Revisit Weekend
    Held annually in October, this is a major outreach activity geared at minority high school and college students and working professionals interested in a career in medicine and science. The weekend helps participants gain the information and resources necessary to become successful medical and graduate school applicants.

Student Groups

The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs staff serve as faculty advisors and consultants to ISMMS student organizations and student-led electives.

These groups offer students a variety of opportunities to network and become socially active.