Interested in applying to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s MD/PhD program? Here’s what you need to know.
We receive some 400 applications every year, and interview 80-100 of those students. The matriculating MD/PhD class typically consists of 11 to 14 students.
No, enrollment in a formal pre-med program is not needed to apply. However, you must fulfill the following requirements, or have a plan to do so before matriculating. Our minimum requirements include one year of each of the following undergraduate courses:
- Biology with a laboratory component
- Inorganic chemistry with a laboratory component
- Organic chemistry with a laboratory component
Courses in statistics or computer science may fulfill the mathematics requirement. You may also use biochemistry courses to fulfill the organic chemistry requirement. Prospective students should also demonstrate strong research interest and experience.
Our program has many special features, including:
- Multidisciplinary training areas that foster sensitivity to the interfaces between basic science research and clinical/translational applications
- Access to cutting-edge research technology in bioinformatics, genomics, and computational biology
- Highly individualized opportunities, as well as collaboration opportunities among MD/PhD students
- A vibrant, growing faculty in a major urban medical center, whose diverse clinical settings and large patient base enhance the opportunities for learning and research
If you are offered a position in the entering class, you will also be offered a fellowship package, which consists of a stipend (For the 2014-2015 academic year, that stipend was $33,500—among the highest reported MSTP stipends in the country), the full cost of tuition, and a comprehensive medical insurance package. A competitive travel fund is also available. With satisfactory performance, you will continue to receive financial support until you receive your terminal degree.
Please visit our admissions page for more information regarding the admissions timeline and application requirements.
If I am not accepted for the dual degree training program, will my application be considered for the MD program?
Yes, your application will be considered for the MD program. However, you must notify the MD/PhD Director that you’d still like to be considered.
Yes, you can still apply as long as you are within the first two years of your training. Please contact the program director, Dr. Margaret H. Baron, for more details.
You should only apply to the MSTP if you are committed to a career in biomedical research. This commitment should be based, in part, on your previous sustained and productive research experience as an undergraduate. If you're not sure, consider working full-time in a laboratory after undergraduate school before deciding whether an MSTP is right for you. Alternatively, you can start as a "straight MD" student, and participate in a research project during your second or third year. You can then apply to the MSTP as an internal applicant.
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