Electives and Experiences

At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), students may participate in numerous innovative and life-enhancing learning opportunities. These experiences enable you to play a leading role in improving the health care of communities in the United States and around the world.

***The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation is creating challenges for travel. Effectively immediately, as part of our vigilant effort to protect you during your travels, we have suspended our domestic and international visiting student program. All electives for visiting students with a start date between March 10 and May 3 have been canceled, and we are currently not accepting new applications. We will reevaluate the situation in mid-April. Your safety and well-being is our primary concern.

For information on the electives and experience program available to you, please visit the Student Handbook.

Nexus Learning comprises a diverse range of courses aligned with the mission and vision of the Icahn School of Medicine. Nexus courses are geared toward Year 1 and 2 medical students and reflect the remarkable interests and talents of our faculty and health system.

Electives (Years 3 and 4)

Electives offered during the third and fourth years of medical school allow you to be self-directed and to explore career-enhancing or personally rewarding clinical, research, and other relevant experiences at Mount Sinai and around the world. Clinical electives can be found in the course catalog. Students can register for clinical and/or research tailor-made electives sponsored by a mentor by submitting the appropriate form. If you are an ISMMS student and are planning to take an Away Elective, please review our safety precautions here

Visiting Medical Student Program

Qualified students currently attending other U.S. (LCME-approved) or International Medical Schools are welcome to take electives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and within the Mount Sinai Health System.

Instructions on searching for electives available to international visiting students can be found here.