Primary Care Scholars Program FAQ

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Primary Care Scholars Program is committed to building future careers in primary medicine to better serve local, diverse and underserved communities. The following provides further information and guidelines to frequently asked questions about our Primary Care Scholars Program.

A: The Primary Care Scholars Program is a four-year track that prepares you for a successful and sustainable career in primary care and underserved medicine. The track is integrated with and augments the robust curriculum and training in urban primary care that all students receive at our School.

A: As a scholar in our program, you will complete the mentored Longitudinal Curricular Experience (LCE) during your first two years of medical school. The following summer, you may participate in a primary care immersion experience. In the third year, you participate in the Interclerkship Ambulatory Care Track.  In the final year, you participate in a Primary Care Sub-Internship experience and may choose to share your scholarly project findings. For more information, see the main Primary Care Scholars page.

A: Once you have been interviewed and accepted to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, you are also eligible to apply to the Primary Care Scholars Program. ‎We make applications available in February and they must be submitted by March of your matriculating year. Decision notifications are sent in April.

A: Yes, as a FlexMed student you may apply in the winter/spring of the year that you matriculate.

A: As a Primary Care Scholar, you will receive an award of $20,000 during each of your four years of medical school for a total award of $80,000. This will take the form of an ISMMS loan, which will be forgiven in its entirety once you have been in a primary care practice in an underserved community for two years following the completion of your graduate medical education. If you choose to pursue a specialty other than primary care, you will be required to repay their award as a low-interest loan.

A: The Committee will first make sure that you have been accepted to the Icahn School of Medicine. You should have sustained exposure to primary care medicine, a passion advocating for underserved populations, and plan for a career working in primary care.