At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), we want to provide bright, creative students with varied backgrounds and well-rounded educations the opportunity to consider the medical profession. As a result, we created the Early Assurance Programs, which include FlexMed and our U.S. Military Institutional Partnership.
We are the first medical school in the country to offer a progressive, yet rigorous, admissions path to medical school for undergraduate college sophomores. The Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program at ISMMS offers early assurance to college sophomores from any academic area of study including biomedical sciences, the humanities and social sciences, and computational sciences and engineering. Through the U.S. Military Institutional Partnership, we are able to offer an alternative pathway to medical school.
If eligible, you can apply in the winter of your sophomore year of undergraduate school, and you will learn of your admissions decision by the summer. This program does not accelerate the timeline to medical school. Our program allows you to ‘flex’ your intellectual, creative, humanistic, and science muscles during college. It also exempts you from taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
COVID-19 Application Update
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai understands that the COVID-19 public health crisis may have affected various parts of each applicant's portfolio. The Admissions Committee considers the entire academic portfolio, including course rigor and nature, trajectory, and any other aspects of the personal narrative that may have impacted academic/professional performance. The Admissions Committee evaluates each application holistically and will continue to maintain rigorous holistic review. If your application is impacted by the pandemic, consider writing a short explanation in your Early Assurance application.
Pass/Fail Coursework - All Spring and Summer 2020 courses that were required to be taken as P/F will be evaluated in the context of the entire educational portfolio. However, FlexMed and U.S. Military Institutional Partnership applicants cannot use a full year of pass/fail grades in Biology/Chemistry/Physics to meet the eligibility criteria to apply.
SAT/ACT Component - The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will continue to use standardized testing (SAT/ACT) as an element in the holistic review of each application for the Early Assurance Programs (i.e. FlexMed and the Institutional Partnership). If you did not take standardized testing you may still apply to our early assurance programs understanding that all applications will continue to receive a thorough, holistic evaluation with the information provided. If you did take standardized testing, please submit your scores as part of your application.
FlexMed Application Timeline
The following are key dates and deadlines that will be helpful to reference as you prepare your FlexMed application:
|Month||FlexMed Admissions Cycle|
|Late August||FlexMed application opens|
|January 15||FlexMed application is due|
|January through April||FlexMed application screening period|
|Mid-March||Invitations to interview are sent|
|April||FlexMed interview period|
|July||FlexMed decisions released|
|August||Acceptance confirmations due|
U.S. Military Institutional Partnership Admissions Cycle
The following are key dates and deadlines that will be helpful to reference as you prepare your Institutional Partnership:
|Month||U.S. Military Institutional Partnership Admissions Cycle|
|Late August||Applications are open|
|November 15||Applications are due|
|November through February||Applications are reviewed|
|February through March||Invitations to interview are sent (rolling basis)|
|February through March||Interviews are scheduled|
|March||Notifications are sent|
|April||Acceptance confirmations due|