Advising and Counseling

Students have a variety of resources available for guidance.


When students enter the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), we assign them a faculty advisor who provides academic, personal, and career guidance from orientation through graduation. Advisors offer support, information, and referrals to department-specific mentors and guide students through the career planning process. Each advisor meets with their students as a group as part of our InFocus curricula, as well as individually. You can sign up for appointments with your advisor through the online scheduling system. Advisors offer guidance on a number of areas.

  • Residency application process
  • Academic issues such as courses and clerkship scheduling
  • Career planning
  • Personal advising
  • Locating resources

You have opportunities to develop close relationships with many other members of the faculty in addition to their faculty advisors. The School has also implemented strong support services for academic remediation, counseling, student health and student mental health. All students are trained in Mental Health First Aid, which was developed and is strongly endorsed by NYC's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Student Affairs supports the Student Wellness Committee which focuses on raising awareness and providing programming about self-care in medical school and students have an annual primary care mental health check-in, provided by a cadre of social workers who serve as Wellness Advisors.

The Office for Student Affairs and the Medical Student Research Office also help you find mentors in specific fields and areas of research. Students can also meet clinical and research faculty through their course work and through specialty-specific student-run interest groups. In addition, Student Affairs maintains the Mentor Database, a searchable database of over 200 faculty members from throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. Students can search by name, specialty, type of work or research, and mentoring preferences (clinical shadowing, career advice, or research). The office maintains a list of resources and links on Blackboard under "Career Planning Services."

Peer Tutors

The Junior Peer Tutoring Program provides subject-specific tutors to students who need extra assistance with their course work. Two second-year students, under the guidance of a faculty director, coordinate the program. Tutors are student volunteers who receive training in academic support and teaching. If you are interested in meeting with a peer tutor, you can send a request to the tutoring program's email and can expect a response within two business days.

Senior Tutors

The Senior Peer Tutoring program aims to provide more intensive support to students who need assistance beyond a single course or who require remediation in course work. The program also serves students who need help with clinical skills or clinical reasoning. The faculty advisor arranges for referrals to senior tutors, who are fourth-year medical students who have had intensive training in recognizing and addressing learning barriers and in helping students develop the tools to improve their performance.

Programming and Electives

The School offers Step 1 and Step 2 CK review courses. During Year 3, students learn how to prepare and study for the NBME subject-based exams. Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend workshops held by student tutors and faculty on time management strategies, study skills, test-taking, and preparation for licensing exams.

Special Resources

Student Affairs can provide study skills and learning specialists to assist students who require specific learning assessments and counseling.

Career Planning Services

Career Planning Services (CPS) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides students with opportunities to explore specialties and make informed decisions about their career path through programming and counseling. We provide specific programming each year as well as overall advising.


Following AAMC’s Career in Medicine Program, ISMMS offers specific programming for each year of medical school.

  • Year 1 – Understanding the big picture and understanding yourself
  • Year 2 – Exploring your options
  • Year 3 – Choosing a specialty and starting the residency application process
  • Year 4 – Getting into residency

Students explore these themes and specialties through individualized counseling, small group activities, seminars, student-run specialty interest groups, and personal exploration. In addition, students can learn more about specific disciplines and career options through extracurricular activities, shadowing clinicians, community service, global health experiences, research, and elective courses.