Students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) can take part in a wide range of enriching service and training programs that enhance the educational experience. We at ISMMS pride ourselves on teaching the art of teamwork and collaboration from the very first day of school. We are also one of the few schools that gives students the opportunity to interact with school leadership at all levels, from the chairs and deans to the CEO and trustees. Students bring their concerns and suggestions to meetings with these leaders, learn firsthand about the School’s vision and mission, and participate actively in helping us achieve that mission.
Beyond the walls of the School, our students engage with the surrounding community through clinical, educational, and research outreach efforts. Some of the many opportunities for student engagement include:
- East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP): A free student-run health clinic serving uninsured residents of the East Harlem community.
- MedDocs: A nine-week after-school program held twice each year in the fall and spring to teach high school students about the heart.
- MedStart: A summer program offered to East Harlem middle school students interested in science and medicine.
- Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars Program: A student-created program that enables selected students to participate in community service and research projects under a faculty mentor, with the goal of acquiring the skills they need to pursue social justice work in their medical careers.
- Leadership Development Elective: A student-created elective designed to develop competency in navigating and implementing health care reform.
- Medical Mandarin: A student-run organization offering language and cultural competency education, to train current and future health professionals not only to become better communicators, but also to be better caregivers who understand the intricacies of Chinese cultural traditions and their impact on healthcare.
- Medicina en Espanol: Since 2005, three separate course modules, each with three language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) have been available to first- and second-year medical students. The subjects of the Spanish language courses parallel what students are learning in their medical training.
In addition, we encourage and support students who wish to develop programs, ideas, and concepts that inspire them.