The MD/PhD admissions process at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), follows a timetable similar to the regular MD program. The application process begins with the submission of your primary materials to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). When submitting to the AMCAS, make sure to designate the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as the recipient, and indicate that you are interested in our MD/PhD program––this will then lead to additional essay prompts. Upon selecting our MD/PhD program, you will be asked to choose potential fields for your PhD (these choices are purely informational and not binding).
After your AMCAS primary application is received by our MD/PhD admissions committee, you will receive an email regarding how to complete the online supplemental application for our MD/PhD program. This supplemental application will allow you to more fully describe your reasons for applying to the School, as well as indicate your specific areas of interest. We use this information to select the most appropriate faculty members to meet with you, should you be invited to ISMMS for an interview.
Please send all admissions materials, with the exception of the supplementary application, to AMCAS. All letters of recommendation should be submitted to AMCAS via their letter reception services. There is no need to send duplicate copies to our admissions office.
PhD Training Areas
You may choose your PhD program from one of eight different multidisciplinary training areas (MTAs) offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
- Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology
- Cancer Biology
- Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
- Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
- Genetics and Genomics Sciences
Your final choice of MTA is made after you have matriculated. PhD research is often performed in collaboration with one of the Health System’s Research Institutes. Completion of the program leads to conferral of a PhD degree in Neuroscience or Biomedical Sciences.
In addition to meeting the minimum subject requirements for admission to the MD program, you must have significant research experience. You should also have taken advanced courses in the sciences. Completion of the MD program also requires adherence to the technical standards for admission. While most students are admitted during the first year of the joint-degree program, some ISMMS students join the program during their third year of training, after having developed a strong and focused interest in research. See below for more information regarding internal admissions.
International applicants are eligible to apply to our MD/PhD program. As an international student, you will not be funded by the NIH MD/PhD grant. However, we will secure other sources of funding so that you may receive the same stipend, tuition assistance, and support that our other MD/PhD students receive.
We conduct interviews throughout the admissions season, which typically begins in October and concludes in January. We interview approximately 80-100 students per season, out of a pool of nearly 400 completed applications. The interview session typically begins on a Monday afternoon and concludes the following afternoon.
You will have the opportunity to meet with the program director and administrator, members of the admissions committee, multidisciplinary training area directors, ISMMS faculty members, and current students. You will also be invited to attend a Medical Scientist Research Seminar featuring presentations by Mount Sinai scientists and MD/PhD students.
Formal interviews will be conducted by four or five faculty members from the Graduate School and the School of Medicine, as well as one advanced MD/PhD student. Interviewers will be selected based on the research interests you specified on your supplementary application. If invited to interview, you should be prepared to discuss past scientific and clinical experiences, your reasons for applying, and notable aspects of your application.
What if I am not invited to interview?
Applications that are not selected for interviews will be routed to the Medical School admissions department for consideration. In order to be considered for the MD program, you must send a request to the MD/PhD Director. MD admissions decisions are made independently from the MD/PhD review process.
If you are invited to interview for a space in the MD/PhD program, we will cover some of the costs associated with staying in New York City. Typically, we provide lodgings near the ISMMS campus and travel arrangements between the hotel and our campus for each day of the session. (Full details will be provided in your interview invitation.) In addition, we host a dinner and a lunch so that you can meet current MD/PhD students and faculty. We also provide breakfast for each morning session. Information on public transportation, maps of the ISMMS campus, and a hotline number for directions are available online.
We evaluate all applications. As part of our decision making, we consider factors such as undergraduate performance, courses taken, MCAT scores, and recommendations from research mentors and other undergraduate faculty. We look for a commitment and serious exposure to research. Admission offers and waitlist decisions will be made beginning in December or January and will continue until we have filled the class.
All admission offers include a guaranteed stipend for the entirety of the program, coverage of all medical school tuition, an excellent medical insurance package, and access to subsidized on-campus housing. An approximate admissions timetable will be discussed at the conclusion of your interviews.
We are able to matriculate approximately 12 students each year. Offers are made on the expectation that you will regularly update our office as to your consideration of our offer, as well as any other offers you may have received. Your ability to weigh your program preference will greatly facilitate the admissions process here at ISMMS, and at other programs across the country.
If you are accepted or are ranked highly on the waitlist, you will be invited to attend our MD/PhD Revisit Weekend, which is usually held in April. You will also be invited to the Medical School Revisit Weekend, held later in the month.
These revisits are an opportunity for you to meet your future classmates as well as visit our research faculty, some of whom you may wish to work with the summer before you matriculate.
If you are an MD student at ISMMS, you can apply to the MD/PhD program. Current medical students interested in the MD/PhD program should contact the Program Director, Dr. Margaret H. Baron, for more information.