“FlexMed is all about flexibility in your education and the opportunity to pursue what you love to learn. It allows talented students with lots of initiative to ‘flex’ their intellectual, creative, humanistic and scientific muscles during college, unencumbered by traditional pre-med requirements and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).”
David Muller, MD
Professor and Chair, Dean for Medical Education
About the FlexMed Program
In response to major changes in the priorities of biomedical science and health care, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has expanded its renowned Humanities in Medicine (HuMed) program to become the first medical school in the United States to offer early acceptance to college sophomores from any major, with no MCAT requirement, and a progressive approach to medical school preparation for half of each entering class. FlexMed is a groundbreaking new path to medical training at Mount Sinai. It will allow a new cohort of students to join our tradition of cultivating future physicians who are self-directed in their learning, thrive on a culture of academic rigor and mentorship, and have a strong appreciation of human rights and social justice.
Named to honor the legacy of Abraham Flexner, a pioneer educator who revolutionized medical education early in the 20th century, FlexMed is transforming medical education by cultivating physicians who are grounded in 21st century science and the social context in which they will practice medicine.
The FlexMed program is open to all undergraduates, particularly in the areas of:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Computational Sciences and Engineering
- Biomedical Sciences
Prior to applying, students will have to complete either one year of Chemistry or one year of Biology. Once accepted, requirements prior to matriculation will include the following:
- One year of Biology
- One year of Chemistry
- One semester of Physics, or AP Physics in high school with a score of 4 or higher on the AP exam
- Two semesters of lab in any science
- One semester of Statistics
- One semester of Ethics
- One semester of Health Policy, Public Health, or Global Health
- An in-depth experience in which the student gains experience in human illness
- A senior thesis or its equivalent in an area of academic concentration
Students will be strongly encouraged to gain proficiency in either Spanish or Mandarin.
In the six weeks prior to matriculation, FlexMed students who have not had advanced science courses will be required to participate in a Summer Enrichment Program that will provide them basic competency in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Genetics.
Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will not be permitted to take the MCAT.
Icahn School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1002
New York, NY 10029-6574
• Applications open: October 15, 2013
• Application submission deadline: January 15, 2014
• Acceptances sent: June 2, 2014