Technical Standards

As part of the matriculation process all students must read and sign that they meet the Icahn School of Medicine’s technical standards below. All students must read and sign that they meet these technical standards again at the end of second year.

The technical standards outlined below are requirements for admission, retention, promotion, and graduation from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Clearly defined technical standards are a requirement for the accreditation of U.S. Medical Schools by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

We accept students to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai without regard to disability. The School expects that all students satisfactorily complete all parts of the curriculum within an appropriate time frame to graduate. In addition to meeting academic standards, medical students must possess certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities and skills as outlined below and demonstrate sufficient mental and emotional stability to ensure that the student can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of medical training. Candidates for the medical degree must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner with or without an accommodation.

Communication: Students should be able to communicate with patients and/or their caregivers for the purposes of eliciting information, detecting changes in affect, physical functioning, and establishing an effective physician-patient relationship. Students should be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, caregivers, and all members of the health care team in all manners of communication including face-to-face, telephonic, and written. This skill requires students to possess English language proficiency and if required, the proper use of assistive devices to facilitate language interpretation.

Motor: Students should possess the ability to perform a diagnostic evaluation of a patient including the performance of physical examination maneuvers. Students should be able to execute specific motor movements required to provide general care to patients and provide or direct the provision of emergent and urgent evaluation and management of patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, gait, balance, and equilibrium.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Students should be able to assimilate detailed and complex information presented in both didactic and clinical coursework, and engage in problem solving. Students are expected to possess the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and transmit information. In addition, students should be able to comprehend three- dimensional relationships, understand the spatial relationships of structures, and adapt to different learning environments and modalities.

Behavioral and Social Abilities: Students should possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, exercise of good judgment, prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, family, caregivers, fellow students, faculty, and staff. Students should be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress. They should be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Students must be capable of compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, professionalism, interest, and motivation during the education processes.

Ethics and Professionalism: Students should maintain and display ethical and moral behaviors commensurate with the role of a physician in all interactions with patients, family, caregivers, faculty, staff, students, and the public. The candidate is expected to understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within the law and ethical standards of the medical profession.

We encourage candidates and current students who have questions regarding the technical standards or who believe they may need reasonable accommodation(s) to meet the standards to contact the Medical Student Disability Office at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai at Christine.Low@mountsinai.org.