MD Program FAQs

FAQs for MD Program

A: You are encouraged to review our application and matriculation requirements. All academic requirements must be completed before matriculation.  

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 transfer applications.

A: Given the current public health crisis, we will accept MCAT scores from April 2015 through October 2020.

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 120 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. A letter of recommendation from your premedical advisory committee is preferred. If you do not have a pre-health adviser or committee at your school you must submit at least three 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.

A: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Financial Aid web 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: Within ISMMS, we aim to address this priority through the Mount Sinai Health System's Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and its Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA), our longstanding diversity center. The CMCA works to advance diversity and inclusion at all levels within the School by directing innovative, enhancing, integrative and coordinated approaches in education, research, and service with activities addressing the priority health concerns of the communities we serve. To learn more about specific programs and activities of ODI/CMCA, please email

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 U.S. citizens. If you have received your Undergraduate degree abroad we will need a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript by a NACES member organization 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 coursework in the United States; this can be post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework.