Our mission is to produce physicians and scientists who are prepared to enter society as informed advocates and activists, able to advance clinical care and science, and capable of promoting change.

Curriculum Overview

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai encourages and supports the bold thinking and disciplined science that will fundamentally change health care. Our MD program, one of the best in the country, prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of practicing medicine and biomedical research in the 21st century. It provides our students with the analytical tools needed for research, the skills to work in interprofessional teams, a passion for lifelong, self-directed learning, and an appreciation for applying science in the service of society to address disparities locally and globally.

There are four themes threaded throughout our curriculum that embody our core values and mission:

  • Research and Discovery: Providing the skills necessary for scholarly exploration

  • Service Learning: Education that combines community service with adequate preparation and reflection

  • Global Health: Improving the health of people around the world through enduring partnerships, education, research, and patient care

  • Frontiers in Science: Embedding real world science into the classroom and highlighting where biomedical research is headed

Highlights of our curriculum include:

  • InFocus weeks across all four years that provide core curricula in vital topics such as research methods, global health, service learning, leadership, patient safety and quality, and scientific innovation . These immersion experiences bring together outstanding interdisciplinary faculty and emphasize skill development and knowledge application. During these weeks students do not have other class obligations.

  • Clinical, translational, basic, or educational research opportunities mentored by world-class faculty that culminate in a required independent scholarly product by graduation

  • Active, small group and team-based learning opportunities that encourage collective problem solving and peer teaching

  • A Longitudinal Clinical Experience partnering medical students with patients beginning in Year 1 to enhance patient-centeredness and reflective practice

  • Protected half-days of Flex-Time in Years 1 and 2 for self-directed individualized learning, discovery, and leadership development

  • SCHOLaR (Scholarship and Research) Program which offers students the opportunity to obtain mentored research training to develop a scholarly project beginning during the first year of school.  Students receive individual help to identify a mentor and then work with a track advisor, along with their mentor, to develop a project that will fulfill the scholarly product requirement.  
  • A strong emphasis on service learning and urban primary care in the curriculum and through participatory opportunities in the community

  • Opportunities to travel internationally and participate in advanced mentored missions that address the health care, education, research, and public health needs of our global community

  • Ample time and mentorship for exploration of career choices, and flexible scheduling including the option of adding a scholarly year

  • Specialty-specific skills-based preparation for supervised practice in residency

  • Prestigious “Distinction in Research” and “Distinction in Medical Education” opportunities for graduates

Contact Us

Reena Karani, MD, MHPE
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-1698
Fax: 212-860-9737

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