Visiting Students from Schools Abroad

Qualified students currently attending International Medical Schools (Non-LCME-Approved Institutions) are welcome to take electives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and within the Mount Sinai Health System. The participating hospitals are:

  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn
  • Bronx V.A. Medical Center
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital
  • Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital

Please note that the following electives are not available at Mount Sinai Hospital for students visiting from non-LCME-accredited international medical schools. They may be available at other Mount Sinai Health System member hospitals, so you should be sure to note your interest on your application.

  • Anesthesiology
  • Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Sub-Internship in Medicine
  • Clinical Experience in Oriental Medicine
  • Urology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Palliative Care Consultation
  • Sub-Internship in Pediatric
  • Pulmonary
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Palliative Care Consultation
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Introduction to Internship and the Critical Il
  • Pediatric Out-Patient

Calendars are not posted online, as most electives run throughout the year. You may request an elective to begin any Monday of the month. Electives run for a four-week period, Monday through Friday.

Elective Application Instructions for International Visiting Students

All students attending international medical schools must complete the International Visiting Student Application. If you are in good standing and have not yet received your MD or DO degree, you are eligible to apply. All applications should include your official TOEFL test results.

To ensure that your application will be considered for placement, please adhere to the following instructions and be sure to include this checklist and all other required documentation with your application.

Please submit your complete application package, approximately 8-9 months in advance of the requested elective start date, to one of the following addresses.

Courier Service
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Student Affairs Office
Attn: Jeanneth Persaud
Annenberg 13-30, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-6691

Postal Service
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Student Affairs Office
Attn: Jeanneth Persaud
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1257
New York, NY 10029

If you have questions, contact Jeanneth Persaud, via email at or phone (212-241-6691) on Tuesdays and Thursdays only between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm.


If you are interested in observerships or research opportunities, you must contact the department you're interested in directly. These opportunities and any other non-credit experiences are not handled by the Office of the Registrar.


International students, who do not meet the following prerequisite requirements, will be withdrawn from the elective and will forfeit all fees paid.

  • Must obtain a valid B-1 visa, if you are not eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • Must be fluent in the English language to ensure proper communication with patients.
  • Must take the TOEFL test, achieving a minimum score of 22-30.
  • Must be able to use medical terminology, and report in attending rounds in oral presentations and record in writing patient information.
  • Positive titer serology for Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B are required.
  • As part of the New York State Department of Health requirement, all students, physicians, and staff are required to be vaccinated for seasonal flu as well as H1N1 (when supplies are available). Accepted students will receive details on the influenza vaccination.

Upon Acceptance into the Elective Program

We notify students of acceptance at 10-12 weeks prior to the start of the elective. Once you have been accepted into the elective program at ISMMS, you must take the following steps.

  • Apply to the New York State Department of Education for an Eligibility Letter
  • Submit a complete Medical Elective Student Application with the following documents to Kazuko Robinson. A list of these documents will also be included in your acceptance letter.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Copy of biographic page of passport (passport must be valid beyond 6 months)
    • Proof of financial support or affidavit of financial support
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • Letter of good standing from your home institution confirming you are in your 3rd- or 4th-year of medical school


Housing at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is extremely limited. For housing opportunities, please contact Angela Moura, within our Real Estate Office, via email at or phone (212-310-0307).