Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), formerly the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a private medical school in New York City. Chartered by Mount Sinai Hospital in 1963, it is the academic teaching arm of The Mount Sinai Health System, which manages eight hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area. It is ranked #11 among American medical schools by the 2023 US News & World Report.[4] In 2018, it was ranked 18th in the country for biomedical research and led the country in neuroscience research funding from the National Institutes of Health (#1), receiving $31.2 million in 2018.[2] It attracted $348.5 million in total NIH funding in 2018.[5]

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Former names
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
TypePrivate medical school
Established1963 (1963)
Parent institution
Mount Sinai Health System
Endowment$1.7 billion (2017)[1]
DeanDennis S. Charney
President & CEOKenneth L. Davis
Academic staff
1,650+ full-time[2]
6,000+ total[3]
Students560+ MD students
90+ MD/PhD students
270+ PhD students[3]
Location, ,
United States

In 2018, the MD program matriculated 140 students from 6,156 applicants.[6] The median undergraduate GPA of matriculants is 3.84, and the median MCAT score is in the 95th percentile.[5] The MSTP is currently training over 90 MD/PhD students.


The first official proposal to establish of a medical school at Mount Sinai was made to the hospital's trustees in January 1958. The school's philosophy was defined by Hans Popper, Horace Hodes, Alexander Gutman, Paul Klemperer, George Baehr, Gustave L. Levy, and Alfred Stern, among others.[7] Milton Steinbach was the school's first president.[8]

Classes at Mount Sinai School of Medicine began in 1968, and the school soon became known as one of the leading medical schools in the U.S., as the hospital gained recognition for its laboratories, advances in patient care and the discovery of diseases.[9] The City University of New York granted Mount Sinai's degrees.[7] The buildings at ISMMS were designed by notable architect I. M. Pei.

In 1999, Mount Sinai changed university affiliations from City University to New York University but did not merge its operations with the New York University School of Medicine.[10] This affiliation change took place as part of the merger in 1998 of Mount Sinai and NYU medical centers to create the Mount Sinai-NYU Medical Center and Health System.[7] In 2003, the partnership between the two dissolved.[11]

In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center's boards of trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between Mount Sinai and NYU.[12] In 2010, Mount Sinai was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and became an independent degree-granting institution.[13]

On November 14, 2012, it was announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine would be renamed Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, following a US$200 million gift from New York businessman and philanthropist Carl Icahn.[14]

In 2016, the Mount Sinai Health System announced a partnership with Stony Brook Medicine, allowing for joint programs between the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.[15]


Icahn Medical Institute at ISMMS, built in 1997 and designed by Davis Brody Bond.

ISMMS's medical curriculum is based on the standard program of medical education in the United States: the first two years of study are confined to the medical sciences, the latter to the study of clinical sciences. The first and second years are strictly pass/fail; the third and fourth years feature clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital and affiliate hospitals, including Elmhurst Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.[16]

Student body

ISMMS's four-pronged missions (quality education, patient care, research, and community service) follow the "commitment of serving science," and the majority of students take part in some aspect of community service. This participation includes The East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, which was developed by the students of Mount Sinai to create a health partnership with the East Harlem community, providing quality health care, regardless of ability to pay, to uninsured residents of East Harlem. ISMMS's student body is diverse, consisting of 17.9% underrepresented minorities (URM) and 53.6% women.


Since 1989, the ISMMS has featured a unique early-admissions program, The Humanities and Medicine Program, which guaranteed students admitted to the program a place in the medical school.[17] These students, known colloquially as "HuMeds," applied during the fall of their sophomore year in college or university and did not take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). HuMeds made up about 25% of each year's ISMMS medical class.[18] In 2013, the Humanities and Medicine program was expanded into the FlexMed program. Students admitted to the ISMMS via FlexMed can pursue any major and are required to take additional coursework in ethics, statistics, and health policy in lieu of or in addition to several of the traditional pre-med requirements. The school plans to recruit half of each incoming class through the FlexMed program.[19]

Individual educational programs are accredited through the appropriate bodies, including but not limited to LCME, CEPH, ACCME and ACGME. All degree-granting programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.

The tuition for 2020 was set at US$55,316.[2]


Mount Sinai residents and fellows publish The Journal of Scientific Innovation in Medicine. ISMMS previously published the (now out-of-print) Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine.

Levy Library Press publishes The Journal of Scientific Innovation in Medicine and other open-access journals.[20]


  • ISMMS was ranked 11th overall among research-based medical schools in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[21]
  • ISMMS was ranked 8th among medical schools in the U.S. receiving NIH grants in 2022,[22] and 2nd in research dollars per principal investigator among U.S. medical schools by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).[23]
  • ISMMS was the first U.S. medical school to establish a Department of Geriatrics in 1982.[24]
  • ISMMS's PhD program was ranked 3rd among 53 U.S. institutions in a survey conducted by Academic Analytics in 2008 and 7th on the organization's list of top 20 specialized research universities in biomedical health sciences.[25]

Notable people


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