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.
Q: Can I take my courses at a community college, or must I take them at a four-year college or university?
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 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.
Q: If I get accepted to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai through regular admissions, can I still apply to the MSTP (MD/PhD program) in my second year?
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 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 coursework in the United States; this can be post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework.