We want to ensure that the application process at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is seamless and that you can learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision. We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about ISMMS.
We attract students with academic excellence who have also shown a sense of self-awareness and personal humility in their medical pursuit.
— David Muller, MD, Dean Emeritus of Medical Education
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai understands that the COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted different facets of each applicant's portfolio. The Admissions Committee evaluates each application holistically and will continue to maintain rigorous holistic review. If your application has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, consider writing a short explanation in your application.
Application and Matriculation Requirements*
To enroll in our MD Program, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. International applicants who received their undergraduate degree abroad must provide a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript by a NACES member organization. Please refer to our FAQ page regarding eligibility if you are an international applicant. In addition, applicants must have completed several key subjects in your higher education in the United States or Canada including:
- General Chemistry: One academic year (Applicants who received AP credit in Chemistry are required to take advanced science coursework
- One semester of Organic Chemistry
- One semester of Biochemistry
- Biology**: One academic year
- Physics: One semester(AP credit can be used to fulfill the Physics requirement)
- One academic year of lab work in biology and/or chemistry
- Math: One semester of Statistics (Biostatistics preferred)
- English: One academic year of intensive writing courses
* (Applicants who received AP credit in Biology or Chemistry are required to take advanced science coursework in the corresponding area of study)
**It is recommended that students take Biology coursework within 5 years of application.
Students are encouraged to complete coursework (for example sociology, public health, political science, global health, bioethics, urban studies, history, economics) or experiences that provide exposure to content about social determinants of health and disparities in healthcare outcomes. Courses taken on-line or via distance learning will not be accepted to fulfill the requirements.
Students may apply to ISMMS if they lack one or two of the premedical requirements but completion of these courses is required for enrollment.
Students who take courses at institutions outside of the US or Canada are encouraged to complete additional coursework in the US to demonstrate preparation for medical school content.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai does not accept transfer students who have matriculated at another medical school
ISMMS requires you to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in order to be admitted into our MD Program. We will accept MCAT scores from April 2015 through September of the current application cycle.
Letters of Recommendation
We require letters of recommendation, submitted through AMCAS. Suitable letters of recommendation include:
A committee letter or packet of letters is preferred. If you do not have a pre-health adviser or committee at your school you must submit at least three and up to six letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your passion for a career in medicine and your intellectual journey: sources may include research mentors, professional or service supervisor, professors, or clinical preceptors.