School Summary

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) was established in 1963 under a charter from the New York State Department of Education. The School was created as an academic partner to The Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), and together ISMMS and MSH comprise The Mount Sinai Health System (MSMC). The School and Hospital have a close collaborative relationship and serve one of the most diverse and complex patient populations in the world.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is among the top twenty medical schools in the United States in both NIH funding and in the U.S. News and World Reports survey of America's Best Graduate Schools. Driven by a culture of innovation and discovery, ISMMS is guided by a $2.25 billion strategic plan that emphasizes translational science. The School's 14 multidisciplinary research institutes foster intensive collaboration along a continuum that runs from the laboratory to patient care. State-of-the-art laboratories support outstanding research, and abundant clinical venues offer superb patient care and clinical training opportunities. The 550,000 square foot Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine, opened in December 2012, allows scientists and physicians work in close proximity and stimulates collaboration that advances efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent human disease.

Currently, over 1,100 students are enrolled in six degree-granting programs: MD; PhD in Biomedical Sciences or Neuroscience; Master of Biomedical Sciences; Master of Public Health; Master of Science in Genetic Counseling; and the Master of Science or PhD in Clinical Research. Approximately 55% of enrollees are pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, 25% are working toward a doctoral (PhD) degree and 20% are seeking a Master's (MS) degrees. Some students are pursuing dual degrees, primarily MD/PhD, MD/MSCR or MD/MPH. ISMMS also offers postgraduate research and clinical training opportunities. The School attracts outstanding students to its highly competitive programs within an invigorating academic environment. The student body is academically excellent and diverse.

The Mount Sinai campus is located at the border of the Upper East Side, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in America, and East Harlem, a vibrant and largely minority community where 39% of the residents live in poverty. East Harlem's rates of infant mortality, childhood asthma, obesity, diabetes and hypertension are among the highest in New York City and the county. Mount Sinai is a major provider of medical care to both of these communities.

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Last Updated: February 5, 2013

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