Yearly Requirements to Progress and Graduation Requirements

Students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been carefully selected to meet the demands of medical studies. At the time of graduation, the Icahn School of Medicine verifies that every student is adequately trained to function in a constantly changing professional milieu, and that the public can be assured of our students’ competence to practice. If a student encounters difficulties, while at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we are prepared to deal systematically with the issue in an environment of support and supervision. We use mentoring and remediation whenever possible. The School’s academic requirements are designed to ensure the success of all our graduates.

We do not allow any student to advance to the next year without completing all requirements for the preceding year.

Year 1: Fall Semester

  • Art and Science of Medicine Year 1
  • Structures
  • InFocus Week 1
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Foundations

Year 1: Spring Semester

  • Art and Science of Medicine Year 1
  • Immunology
  • General Pathology
  • InFocus Week 2
  • Physiology
  • Medical Microbiology

Other Requirements

  • All first-year courses must be passed prior to the start of the fall semester of Year 2.
  • In addition, students must complete all required Year 1 milestones by the end of the spring semester of Year 1.
  • Students must complete all evaluations for all courses in order to be promoted to the next academic year

For full description of courses requirements, go here

Year 2: Fall Semester

  • Art and Science of Medicine Year 2
  • Brain and Behavior
  • InFocus Week 3
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • Pulmonary Pathophysiology

Year 2: Spring Semester

  • Art and Science of Medicine Year 2
  • Hematology Pathophysiology
  • Gastrointestinal-Liver Pathophysiology
  • Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology
  • InFocus Week 4
  • Endocrine Pathophysiology
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Renal Pathophysiology

Other Requirements

  • All second-year courses must be passed by the end of the Spring Semester of Year 2 and prior to taking USMLE Step 1.
  • Students must complete all required Year 2 milestones by the end of the spring semester of Year 2.
  • Students must complete all evaluations for all courses in order to be promoted to the next academic year
  • Students must take and pass USMLE Step 1 at the end of Year 2.
  • Students with extensions on Step 1 do start Year 3 without taking step 1 from an enrollment point of view.
  • On a case-by-case basis a student may be granted an extension on the date to take Step 1. Students eligible for an extension include those who need to make up coursework during dedicated study time, those in monitored or serious academic status identified as requiring more time to study for the exam, those with an unforeseen personal or health issue, and those who have consistently low scores on practice exams close to the test date.
    • All students with an extension must still take the InFocus 5 course.
    • The latest for an extension is the end of Module 1B.
    • If a student requires more time beyond Module 1B for Step 1 preparation, options include a leave of absence or a decelerated Year 3 curriculum.
    • Students must meet with the Office for Student Affairs to discuss approval for an extension and their academic plan.

For full description of courses, go here

Year 3 Required Core Clerkships and Courses

  • Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care-Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery-Anesthesiology
  • Online Radiology Course (ORC)
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • InFocus Weeks 5, 6, and 7

Other Requirements

  • All required Year 3 clerkships and courses must be passed before taking Year 4 clerkships.
  • Students must complete 28 weeks of elective or 22 weeks of elective if in the InterACT Program by graduation.  Students can take up to 10 weeks of elective and/or vacation time during Year 3. 
  • Student must complete all required Year 3 milestones by the end of the spring semester of Year 3.
  • Students must complete the COMPASS 2 evaluation.
  • Students must complete all evaluations for all courses in order to be promoted to the next academic year.

There will be no elective credit for repeating clinical portions of failed clerkships.

For full description of clerkships and courses, go here

To learn about how Year 3 and 4 Electives, go here

Year 4 Required Core Clerkships and Courses

  • Introduction to Internship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • InFocus Week 8
  • One Sub Internship (either Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Surgery or Pediatrics)

Other Requirements

  • All required clerkships must be passed in order to graduate.
  • Students must have passed USMLE Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK in order for the school to certify a student’s National Residency Program rank list in February of the graduating year.
    Students must complete 28 weeks of elective, or 22 weeks of elective if in the InterACT program, counting those in Year 3 and Year 4.
  • Students must complete all the graduation requirements listed below.

For full description of course requirements, go here

To learn about how Year 3 and 4 Electives, go here

Academic Requirements

  • Students must complete the above required courses and clerkships.
  • Students must complete 28 weeks of elective or 22 weeks of elective if in the InterACT Program.

Scholarly Requirement

  • Students are required to complete a scholarly product in order to graduate. Students will participate in a curriculum that includes a research requirement to be completed by graduation. Students can fulfill the requirement by submitting a first-author abstract approved by a mentor and a track advisor to Medical Student Research Day and presenting the project as a poster or an oral talk in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, or Year 4.

Evaluations

  • Students must complete all evaluations for all courses and clerkships in order to graduate. This includes evaluations of faculty and preceptors in those courses and clerkships.

Required Procedures

  • Students must also complete the required procedures (Px) for graduation

Other Requirements

  • Complete the ISMMS Internal Graduation Survey
  • Complete the Graduation Checklist

NOTE: In order to participate in patient care activities, all students must have current certifications in HIPAA, BLS, and Infection Control.