Frequently Asked Questions
Can students from every major apply to FlexMed?
Yes, FlexMed allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Please refer to Program Requirements for mandatory courses.
Can I apply if I am not a sophomore?
No, this program is specifically designed for students entering their second year of college as a full time student, working toward their first bachelor degree. Students in a five-year undergraduate program can apply either in their second or third year of college. Applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply.
I received a 5 on my AP Biology Exam. Do I still have to take a year of Biology in college?
Yes. You do not need to repeat introductory biology, but you must take a year of college biology. Choose courses which will best prepare you for medical school, for example, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Immunology, etc.
Do I have to take the labs associated with the Biology or Chemistry courses?
Prior to matriculation, you will be required to take two semesters of lab in any science. This flexibility allows you to pursue a lab experience that most interests you.
I took a year of college Biology or Chemistry during the summer at another institution. Is that acceptable?
We do not require that you complete the college biology or chemistry courses at your undergraduate institution. However, you should take these courses at an institution that is an accredited four-year college of similar quality to your undergraduate institution. If you plan to take required course work at another institution, you must receive approval from the FlexMed program. Furthermore, it is important that you consider courses that will provide you with the requisite background for medical school courses such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunobiology, etc.
Do I have to complete the required course work before applying?
You do not need to complete all the required courses before applying to the FlexMed Program. You need to have completed two semesters of college biology or two semesters of college chemistry before you apply. If accepted into the program, you must complete the remaining courses before you graduate from your undergraduate institution.
What if I am in my second year but my school considers me a junior because of AP Credits (or other earned credits) that I received in high school? Can I still apply as a FlexMed applicant?
Yes, we expect students to apply during the fall semester of their second year of full-time study at their college or university, irrespective of how many college-level credits he or she received in high school.
My combined Critical Reading (old Verbal) + math SAT score is 1250. Am I still eligible to apply?
Although most accepted applicants have a combined SAT score above 1350, we consider your entire application during the review process.
From whom should I get letters of recommendation?
We require three letters of recommendation. Typically students get them from:
- High school teacher/guidance counselor;
- College professor/faculty advisor;
- Other person who knows you well academically or professionally. This person could be another teacher/professor, employer, etc.
Are all applicants interviewed?
No. Only selected applicants will be invited for interviews at Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will be scheduled from February until May. A tour of the medical center will also be scheduled at that time for invited applicants.
When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?
Letters of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by June 1 of the academic year that you apply.
If I am accepted to the FlexMed Program, is the acceptance binding?
Students who accept our offer of admission to Icahn School of Medicine are required to sign a formal written agreement. It is our expectation that upon signing the agreement students are fully committed to making Icahn School of Medicine their future home for their medical education. A small number of students decide not to pursue a career in medicine in the years prior to matriculation. The FlexMed Program does not permit students to apply to another medical school or to take the MCAT examination; if a student chooses to do either, the acceptance into the FlexMed Program will be revoked.
What is the tuition for FlexMed?
Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school but there is no tuition until you start medical school. Tuition is based on the year in which you matriculate to medical school and will change each academic year. Current tuition rates can be seen by visiting the Tuition and Fees section of the School website.
Can I defer my matriculation to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for two years?
Students in the FlexMed Program are encouraged to defer their matriculation to Icahn School of Medicine for one or two years. The permission to defer is granted upon request to the program director and requires a strong, well-thought-out educational plan for the deferred time period.
Do I have to fill out an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application?
Application to the FlexMed Program does not require an AMCAS application; however, matriculation at Icahn School of Medicine does. If you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will be asked to fill out an AMCAS application during the year preceding your matriculation at the School. At that time you will also be required to complete the School's Supplemental Application, with the exception of the essay questions, but will not be required to pay the supplemental application fee. Completing these applications is a clerical necessity and does not imply that you are re-applying to medical school. Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school.
If I am accepted into the FlexMed Program, am I automatically accepted into medical school at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
Yes, provided that:
- You maintain the high standards of your present credentials, including a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and receive your Bachelor's degree
- You are not disciplined for any unprofessional/unethical behavior and you promptly respond to all deadlines from Icahn School of Medicine
- You are physically and emotionally capable of meeting the rigorous demands of the medical school
If I apply under the FlexMed program can I still be considered for the MD/PhD program?
At the time of application, FlexMed applicants are only considered for admission into the MD program. However, students accepted into FlexMed can apply to the MD/PhD program in the winter immediately prior to their matriculation at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Students must apply by December 1. Interested applicants should discuss their intention to apply with the director of the MD/PhD prior to completing their application.
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