The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is the first medical school in the country to create a progressive and rigorous admissions path for students who seek early assurance of admission. The Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to our school. Once accepted, you are free to pursue your undergraduate studies unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and the MCAT. This program is an expansion of our longstanding Humanities and Medicine Early Assurance (HuMed) and Science and Medicine (SciMed) Programs.
"FlexMed is all about flexibility in your education and the opportunity to pursue what you love to learn. It allows talented students with lots of initiative to 'flex' their intellectual, creative, humanistic, and scientific muscles during college.”
Dean for Medical Education, Professor and Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education
Responding to Change
The world of biomedical science and health care delivery is changing. Our Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program allows a new cohort of students to join our tradition of cultivating future physicians who are self-directed learners, thrive on academic rigor and mentorship, and have a strong appreciation of human rights and social justice. Named to both honor the legacy of Abraham Flexner—a pioneer educator who revolutionized medical education early in the 20th century—and reflect the Blinkens’ generosity in expanding the program, FlexMed is transforming medical education by cultivating physicians who are grounded in 21st century science as well as in the social context in which they will practice medicine.
“Intellectual curiosity is as important as a stethoscope, and we’re pleased to support young people who are interested in the world and have broadened their horizons through the study of literature, history, and philosophy. It gives these students a real edge in their medical careers.”
—Donald and Vera Blinken, FlexMed Benefactors
Who Can Apply?
The Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Program is open to all undergraduate sophomores in good academic standing from any major. The program draws students who concentrate in biomedical sciences, the humanities and social sciences, and computational sciences and engineering.
You must be entering your second year of college as a full-time student, working towards your first bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the US or Canada.
“FlexMed allows undergraduate students to delve deeper into their academic passions during their college careers, becoming leaders on campus in research, advocacy, and extracurricular activities.”
—Valerie Parkas, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and Recruitment
In order to be eligible to apply, students must have taken either the SAT or ACT and must complete at least one academic year of biology, OR one academic year of chemistry, OR one academic year of physics by the application deadline. AP credit does not count toward the eligibility course requirements.
Applications and Responses
The FlexMed application opens in mid-August and the deadline to submit an application is January 15. We review applications from January through February with interview invitations sent on a rolling basis. Interviews will take place between March and May. A final admissions decision will be made available in early July.
Applicants who are invited for an interview will spend the day at ISMMS and have two in-person admissions interviews. Opportunities to tour campus, meet with current students and ISMMS administrators will also be available. An in-person admissions interview is a required component of the FlexMed application process.
FlexMed applicants who are participating in a study abroad program are expected to make travel arrangements as best as possible to participate in a scheduled in-person interview day. Students who are unable to make travel accommodations during the offered interview dates must notify the Admissions Office. We are unable to provide applicants with travel reimbursement for their interview day.