Frequently Asked Questions
What is the size of the applicant pool and how many students matriculate each year?
We receive roughly 300 applications each year and are able to interview about 70 applicants. The matriculating MD/PhD class is generally composed of 11 to 14 students.
Do I have to be "pre-med" to apply to the MSTP?
No. Students do not have to be in a formal pre-med program. However, students must fulfill the following requirements or have a plan to do so prior to matriculation. The minimum requirements include one year of each of the following undergraduate courses:
- Inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
Biology and chemistry courses must be accompanied by laboratory experience. Courses in statistics or computer science may fulfill the mathematics requirement. Biochemistry may fulfill the organic chemistry requirement. Prospective students must also present strong research interest and experience.
What's special about your program?
Our program features:
- 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 to meet training goals while enjoying strong interactions with MD/PhD student colleagues
- 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
Do all students receive financial support?
All applicants who are offered a position in the entering class are also offered a fellowship package, which consists of a stipend ($33,000 for 2013-2014—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 to eligible students. Students who progress satisfactorily through the program continue to obtain financial support until the day they receive their terminal degree.
How do I apply?
Please see admissions for the timeline and requirements of the application process.
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 once you notify the MD/PhD Director.
Can I apply to the MSTP if I am a current Mount Sinai MD candidate?
Yes, if you are within the first two years of your training. Please contact the program director, Dr. Yasmin L. Hurd, for more details.
Should I apply to the MD program or the MSTP?
You should only apply to the MSTP if you are committed to a career in biomedical research; such a commitment should be based, in part, on 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, or, alternatively, starting as a "straight MD" student, participating in a research project in your second or third year, and possibly applying to the MSTP as an internal applicant (see above).
How do I find out about the status of my application?
Please email or call us (our full contact info is in the column to the right).
Mount Sinai MD/PhD Program
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1022
New York, NY 10029-6574
Annenberg 5th floor, Room A5-206
Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, M-F