Flex Med Program – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for the FlexMed Program

The following provides helpful tips and guidance for applicants to the Flex Med Program.


Can I apply to FlexMed from any major?

Yes. The Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Please refer to program requirements for mandatory courses

Can I apply if I am not a sophomore?

No. This program is specifically designed for students entering their second year of college as a full-time student, working toward their first bachelor's degree. If you are in a five-year undergraduate program, you can apply either in your second or third year of college. You are not eligible to apply if you already hold a bachelor's degree.

What if I am in my second year but my school considers me a junior because of AP credits (or other earned credits) that I received in high school? Can I still apply as a FlexMed applicant?

Yes. We expect students to apply during the fall semester of the second year of full-time study at their college or university, irrespective of how many college-level credits they received in high school

I received a 5 on my AP Biology Exam. Do I still have to take a year of Biology in college?

Yes. You do not need to repeat introductory biology, but you must take a year of college Biology. Choose courses which will best prepare you for medical school—for example, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Immunology, etc.

Do I have to take the labs associated with the Biology or Chemistry courses?

Prior to matriculation, you are required to take two semesters of lab in any science. This flexibility allows you to pursue a lab experience that most interests you.

I took a year of college Biology or Chemistry during the summer at another institution. Is that acceptable?

We do not require that you complete the college Biology or Chemistry courses at your undergraduate institution. However, you should take these courses at an institution that is an accredited four-year college of similar quality to your undergraduate institution. If you plan to take required course work at another institution, you must receive approval from the Donlad and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program. Furthermore, it is important that you consider courses that will provide you with the requisite background for medical school courses such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunobiology, etc.

Do I have to complete the required course work before applying?

You do not need to complete all the required courses before applying to the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program. You need to have completed two semesters of college Biology, Chemistry, or Physics by January 15 of the academic year you apply. If accepted into the Program, you must complete the remaining courses before you graduate from your undergraduate institution.

My combined Critical Reading (old Verbal) and Math SAT score is 1250. Am I still eligible to apply?

Although most accepted applicants have a combined SAT score above 1350, we consider your entire application during the review process.

From whom should I get letters of recommendation?

We require three letters of recommendation. Typically students get them from:

High school teacher/guidance counselor
College professor/faculty advisor
Other person who knows you well academically or professionally. This person could be another teacher/professor, employer, etc.

Are all applicants interviewed?

No. Only selected applicants will be invited for interviews at the Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will be scheduled from March until May. A tour of the medical center will also be scheduled at that time for you, if you have been invited.

When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?

Letters of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by July 1 of the academic year that you apply

If I am accepted to the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program, is the acceptance binding?

Once you accept our offer of admission to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), you are required to sign a formal written agreement demonstrating your commitment to making ISMMS your future home for medical education. Should you eventually choose not to attend, you may do so without any penalty. If you choose to apply to another medical school and/or take the MCAT, your acceptance into the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program will be revoked.

What is the tuition for FlexMed?

Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school but there are no tuition fees until you matriculate. Tuition is based on the individual years in which you enroll, and may differ from year to year. You may view current tuition rates in our Tuition and Financial Aid section.

If I am accepted to FlexMed, will I be considered for scholarships and financial aid?

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) awards financial aid to both FlexMed and traditional track MD accepted students who demonstrate financial need. For both cohorts of students (FlexMed and traditional MD students), financial need is the difference between your calculated available resources and total anticipated school-related and basic living expenses for a given academic year. Financial need is determined by our institutional need analysis formula. There is no difference in the formula used to determine need for FlexMed students and traditional MD students.

Students applying for federal student loans, ISMMS need-based loans and scholarships must complete the FAFSA application, CSS profile, and ISMMS financial aid application. In addition, applicants must provide year appropriate financial documentation to determine eligibility for financial assistance. To complete these forms, students should follow the instructions found on our Financial Aid website.

The Icahn School of Medicine also offers merit scholarships to a select few outstanding students. FlexMed students are considered for merit at the time all other MD students entering that fall are reviewed, during the spring semester prior to matriculation.

If it is imperative that you compare financial aid packages from different schools, it may be in your best interest to apply through the traditional AMCAS application process.

Can I defer my matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for two years?

You are encouraged to defer matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for one or two years. The permission to defer will be granted upon request to the program director and requires you to articulate a strong, well thought out educational plan for the deferred time period.

Do I have to fill out an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application?

Your application to the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program does not require an AMCAS application; however, matriculation toour institution does. If you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will be asked to fill out an AMCAS application during the year preceding your matriculation. At that time, you will also be required to complete our supplemental application, with the exception of the essay questions. You will not be required to pay the supplemental application fee. Completing these applications is a clerical necessity and does not imply that you are reapplying to medical school. Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school.

If I am accepted into the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program, am I automatically accepted into medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?

Yes, provided that:

  • You maintain the high standards of your present credentials, including a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and receive your bachelor's degree
  • You are not disciplined for any unprofessional/unethical behavior
  • You promptly respond to all deadlines from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • You are physically and emotionally capable of meeting the rigorous demands of medical school

If I apply under the Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program, can I still be considered for the MD/PhD program?

At the time of application, you are only considered for admission into the MD program. However, once you have been accepted you may apply to the MD/PhD program in the fall immediately prior to matriculation. The deadline is November 1. If you are interested in pursuing this route, discuss it with the director of the MD/PhD program prior to completing your application.

Can international students apply?

Yes, international students may apply to FlexMed if they are a sophomore enrolled at an accredited US/Canadian college/university. Applicants must complete a year of college level biology, chemistry, or physics prior to the application deadline and must have taken either the SAT or ACT.