Learning Environment

At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), we provide more than just a rigorous, high quality medical education. We offer a supportive, inspiring, and personalized learning environment to help you reach your maximum potential—both as a human being and as a physician that will fundamentally change health care. Our MD program, one of the best in the country, prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of practicing medicine and biomedical research in the 21st century.

We offer all ISMMS students a learning environment that features:

  • Active, small group, and team-based learning opportunities that encourage collective problem solving and peer teaching.
  • Early interactions with patients through the Longitudinal Clinical Experience Program partnering pairs of medical students with a patient and supervising physician.
  • Protected half-days of Flex Time in Years 1-4 for self-directed individualized learning, discovery, and leadership development.
  • Faculty advisories that support medical students around academics, wellness, and career advising throughout their medical school journey.
  • Learning support for medical students around adjustment to medical school, study strategies and effective ways to make the most out of courses, clerkships and study resources.
  • Four-year wellness curriculum emphasizes resilience training and empathy
  • Ample time and mentorship for exploration of career choices, and flexible scheduling including the option of adding a Scholarly Year.
  • Specialty-specific skills-based preparation for supervised practice in residency.
  • The SCHOLaR (Scholarship and Research) Program, which offers students the opportunity to obtain mentored research training to develop a scholarly project. Students identify mentors and then work with a track advisor, along with their mentors, to develop projects that fulfill the scholarly product requirement.
  • A strong emphasis on service learning and urban primary care in the curriculum and in the community.
  • Opportunities to travel internationally and participate in advanced mentored missions that address the health care, education, research, and public health needs of our global community.