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.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, we are only accepting students from LCME accredited institutions who can apply through VSLO. International students or students from institutions not on VSLO will not be accepted for this academic year. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will update the website accordingly.

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

For the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, we are not accepting visiting students from non-LCME accredited institutions outside of the United States, its territories, and Canada. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will update the website accordingly. 

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