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MD/MSCR PORTAL Program Admissions

The Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership (PORTAL) program is a highly selective dual degree program for students or working professionals that have substantial clinical or translational research experience. Through our multidisciplinary approach, you will obtain a dual MD/MSCR (Master of Science in Clinical Research) degree and gain rigorous didactic and practical training in the field of clinical investigation.

Application Requirements

Applications to the MD/MSCR PORTAL program will be accepted from our first-year class of medical students. Successful applicants will begin the program during their second year at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Applicants to the MD/MSCR PORTAL program must meet all MD program requirements, including:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada, with passing grades in the following courses:
    • General chemistry: One academic year (applicants who received AP credit in chemistry are required to take advanced science coursework)
    • Organic chemistry: one semester
    • Biochemistry: one semester
    • Biology: one academic year (it is recommended that students take biology coursework within five years of application)
    • Physics: One semester (AP credit can be used to fulfill the physics requirement)
    • Lab work in biology and/or chemistry: one academic year
    • Math: One semester of Statistics (Biostatistics preferred)
    • English: One academic year of intensive writing courses
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores
  • American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application
  • Letters of recommendation submitted through AMCAS

International Students

We encourage applications from qualified individuals, regardless of country of origin or where you received your academic and research training. Graduates from foreign colleges or universities who have completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply, but it is highly recommended that those students complete additional coursework in the United States to demonstrate preparation for medical school content. Following both government and school regulated processes, admissions requirements include:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL), or testing equivalent with a score of 100 or higher, or equivalent (such as IELTS, CAE, PTE), only if you are from a non-English-speaking country and did not earn a degree from an English-speaking university or curriculum. Applicants submitting IELTS scores (minimum score of 7.5) must send them directly to our admissions office at the following address:

    Director of Admissions Processing and Systems
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Office of Enrollment Services
    One Gustave L. Levy Place
    Box 1002
    New York, NY 10029

  • Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States and Canada must be evaluated and translated course-by-course by the World Education Services or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation will provide your grade for each course translated into the U.S. grading system equivalent. We cannot evaluate foreign transcripts without a course-by-course evaluation.

    You must request that both the translated and evaluated documents as well as the original transcripts from your school be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
    If the foreign credential translation service provides an electronic transmission option, it is recommended that you choose that option when you request that your document to be sent to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. If the foreign credential translation service does not offer an electronic transmission option, the documents should be mailed to the Admissions Office.

If you are an accepted international student, you will need to obtain the appropriate visa. Our International Personnel Office is able to help and can be reached at (212) 241-8300.

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