MD Program FAQs

As an applicant for the MD Program's traditional track, you will need a solid foundation in key subjects. Minimum subject requirements are:

  • General Chemistry: One academic year
  • Organic Chemistry: One academic year or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
  • Biology: One academic year
  • Physics: One academic year or AP Physics (with score of 4 or 5)
    * All of the subjects above must include the appropriate laboratory work
  • Math: One academic year of math (calculus or above or AP Calculus BC with a score of 4 or 5; one semester of statistics preferred)
  • English: One academic year of intensive writing courses
  • You are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT must be taken within three years of your year of matriculation.
  • A letter of recommendation from college premedical advisory committee, or, if no committee exists, individual letters of recommendation (a minimum of one from a science faculty member and one from a non-science faculty member, submitted only through AMCAS)
  • Students invited to interview will also be required to meet with representatives of the Committee on Admissions. The two 30-minute interviews are conducted by faculty members or senior medical students.

Suggested knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Mandarin
  • Statistics and biochemistry
  • Integral social sciences such as political science, global health, psychology, and sociology
  • If you majored in non-science disciplines but meet these requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply. You will receive full consideration from the Committee on Admissions. We actively seek strongly motivated students from underrepresented minority and educationally deprived backgrounds.

FAQs for MD Program

A: You are required to have one year of college credit in each of the following areas: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English. The mathematics requirement can be fulfilled by statistics courses. You must complete biology and chemistry courses accompanied by laboratory experience.

A: We have no requirement about where you take courses, though the Committee on Admissions does take that into consideration in evaluating your application.

A: Yes. However, should you be offered an acceptance, it will be contingent upon the successful completion of all requirements prior to matriculation.

A: We only arrange individual visits once you have been invited for an interview. We do not provide admissions counseling. You should speak with the premedical advisors at your institutions.

A: We do not accept applications for transfer into the second-, third-, and fourth-year classes.

A: You must take the MCAT within three years of your year of matriculation.

A: We only grant fee waivers if you have secured AAMC Fee Assistance Program approval. If this approval is indicated on your AMCAS application, it will automatically appear when you complete the online supplemental application.

A: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai receives more than 6,000 completed applications for the 140 positions in each entering class. We use a holistic review process that considers a variety of academic and experiential factors.

A: We only accept letters of recommendation through AMCAS. We require a letter of recommendation from your premedical advisory committee. We accept individual recommendations from professors who taught you (one science and one non-science) if your school does not have a premed committee.

A: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid page.

A: We make no distinction among applicants based on their state of residency either in the admissions process or in fees.

A: Housing is guaranteed for students enrolled on a full-time basis in the MD (and MD/PhD) program. Most MD students will be assigned student housing in the Jane B. Aron Residence Hall, which is across the street from ISMMS. More information about student housing can be found here.

A: While most MSTP students initially apply to the School for this program, our students can apply for the program during their second year of medical school.

A: Information regarding student housing, student government, a list of student organizations and disability services can be found here. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to meet students representing these organizations throughout the planned events.

A: ISMMS is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in our educational, research, clinical, community service and community collaboration environments.

The Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) is the Icahn School of Medicine’s diversity center. CMCA’s core mission is to eliminate health disparities through innovative, integrative, and coordinated approaches in the community, and areas such as clinical care, education, and research. In addition, CMCA’s objective is to improve the health of all populations by diversifying the workforce and influencing health policy and research.  The CMCA office is located on the twenty-first floor of the Annenberg building.

A: Probably not. In fact, most ISMMS students do not have a car while living in New York City.  The School and the Mount Sinai Hospital are within walking distance of student housing; all clinical-sites are accessible via public transit.

A: Yes, we accept applications from international students. If you have received an Undergraduate degree in the United States, you will go through the same process as other U.S. citizens. If you have received your Undergraduate degree abroad we will need a WES (World Education Services) or equivalent course-by-course evaluation of your transcript sent to our Admissions office directly, as AMCAS will not be able to verify your information. Keep in mind, it is highly recommended that you have taken some education from the United States; this can be a post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework.