Clinical Years

The PhD portion of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s MD/PhD program typically draws to a close around the fifth or sixth year of training, around the time the thesis defense occurs. The third year of your medical education begins during the sixth or seventh year of the program.

We offer an eight-week MD/PhD Clinical Refresher course, designed to help facilitate your transition from PhD work to clinical practice. In addition, our InFocus5 (formerly Clinical Skills Week) will help orient you to the policies and procedures of clerkship rotations.

As a third-year medical student, your training will focus on clinical rotations combined with 10 weeks of elective career exploration or additional research time.

You will apply and interview for residency programs during your fourth and final year of clinical education. During this year you will receive ample elective time and the ability to design a course tailored to your interests and professional goals. This flexibility, along with rotations at potential residency sites, scholarly work at other institutions, and longitudinal clinical experiences will give you the experience and training you need to succeed as a resident.


As an MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), you will have many opportunities to be a part of the cutting-edge research taking place in some of our nation’s best laboratories.