Recruitment and Retention

The effort to increase the number of underrepresented (URM and economically and educationally disadvantaged students applications to medical schools comes during a time when the URM applicant pool is relatively flat, the national achievement gap between URM and non-URM students has widened and when affirmative action policies are being regularly challenged. The CMCA addresses these challenges from a platform of tremendous strengths and accomplishments as a Diversity Center and with leadership support at the most senior levels of the medical school and partnerships with key local and regional organizations. These include:

Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention Council

The Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention Council (ORRC) is coordinated by CMCA and includes representatives from Admissions, the Graduate School, the Dept. Medical Education, and Graduate Medical Education to focus on such efforts throughout the pipeline from pre-matriculation thru post-graduate training for physician and non-physician scientists.

Irwin Gelernt, M.D., Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students

This merit-based scholarship complements the Icahn School of Medicine's commitment to diversity and to ensuring the highest-quality medical care for all its neighbors. The scholarship is awarded to an Mount Sinai student who is both a member of an underrepresented group, and who has demonstrated dedication to leadership, advocacy, and service within his/her community.

Summer Enrichment Pre-Matriculation Program

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a six-week pre-matriculation program students attend prior to beginning first year medical studies. Students are offered reviews for physiology, biochemistry, and anatomy in addition to counseling and activities to acclimatize them to the school environment. The SEP program is led by: Dr. Edward Ronan, Associate Director for Academic Learning and Support and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. E-mail:

Humanities and Medicine Early Acceptance Program

The CMCA works with the Humanities and Medicine Program to recruit a diverse applicant pool to the program.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The CMCA works with the MSSM Graduate School for Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program to outreach and recruit a diverse applicant pool to the program.

Annual Fall Open House and Revisit Weekend

The annual CMCA Fall (mid-October) Open House is a major outreach activity of the CMCA where we engage URM high school and collegiate students and working professionals interested in a career in medicine and equip them the information and resources necessary in becoming a successful applicant to medical school. CMCA also works in partnership with the Office of Admissions to organize the annual Revisit Weekend. The weekend features putting MSSM's best foot forward and includes tours of the community to get a first-hand view of the cultural issues as they relate to health, a campus tour and sessions with current students, faculty, deans, and administrators. For more information contact CMCA at 212-241-8276 or by email at

Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Four-week electives are offered at Icahn School of Medicine and its affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to qualified 3rd and 4th-year medical students who attend U.S. accredited medical schools and are from groups underrepresented in medicine. The Visiting Electives Program is limited to electives in the fields of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. Students are provided with unique opportunities to network with residency program directors, residents and minority faculty, and have access to the Office of Graduate Medical Education, seminars, the medical school library and workshops. For more information, please contact Monique Sylvester, MA, at