Career Planning Services

Career Planning Services (CPS) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides students with opportunities to explore specialties and make informed decisions about their career path through programming and counseling.


The themes of CPS programming are based on AAMC's Careers in Medicine program and are specific for each year of medical school.

  • Year 1 – Understanding the big picture and understanding yourself
  • Year 2 – Exploring your options
  • Year 3 – Choosing a specialty and starting the residency application process
  • Year 4 – Getting into residency

Students are exposed to these themes and specialties through individualized counseling, small group activities, seminars, student-run specialty interest groups, and personal exploration. Extracurricular activities, shadowing clinicians, community service, global health experiences, research, and electives can enhance exposure to specific disciplines and career options.


At the heart of the CPS curriculum are the numerous faculty members that help guide the students. In addition to the faculty advisors, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a very large and diverse clinical and research faculty from which students can find guidance, mentorship, and opportunities for scholarly, clinical, or community service projects. The Office for Student Affairs and the Medical Student Research Office help students find mentors in specific fields and areas of research. Students have opportunities to meet clinical and research faculty through their course work and through specialty-specific student-run interest groups. Student Affairs also maintains the Mentor Database, a searchable database of over 200 faculty members from throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. Students can search by name, specialty, type of work or research, and mentoring preferences (clinical shadowing, career advice, or research). The office maintains a list of resources and links on Blackboard under "Career Planning Services."

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Office for Student Affairs
Tel: 212-241-4426
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