Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MSMC Icahn.jpg
Established 1963 (1963)
Type Private, graduate, medical
Religious affiliation Nonsectarian
Dean Dennis S. Charney, MD
President & CEO Kenneth L. Davis, MD
Academic staff 1,716 full-time, 3,770 total[1]
Students 516[1]
Location New York, NY, US
Campus Urban
Former names Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Affiliations Mount Sinai Health System
Website ichan.mssm.edu

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), formerly and often referred to as the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), is an American medical school in the New York City borough of Manhattan in the state of New York. It was chartered by Mount Sinai Hospital in 1963.

ISMMS and the Mount Sinai Hospital occupy a four-block area adjacent to Central Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with architecture designed by I.M. Pei. ISMMS and Mount Sinai Hospital comprise the Mount Sinai Medical Center, of which Kenneth L. Davis, MD, is the president and CEO.


  • ISMMS is currently ranked 19th overall among research based medical schools in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[2]
  • The first U.S. medical school to establish a Department of Geriatrics, ISMMS is ranked 1st in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report.[3]
  • ISMMS is ranked 17th among medical schools in the U.S. receiving NIH grants,[4] and 3rd in NIH research dollars per faculty member.[5]
  • ISMMS's PhD program is 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.[6]
  • The Scientist magazine ranked ISMMS 15th overall in its 2009 “Best Places to Work in Academia” survey.[7]
  • According to an American Medical Student Association survey, ISMMS is one of eight medical schools in the U.S. to receive an "A" for its conflicts of interest policies relating to pharmaceutical industry marketing.[8]
  • ISMMS was the sole recipient of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)'s Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2009.[9]
  • ISMMS has been named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.[10]
  • The Mount Sinai Simulation HELPS Center (Human Emulation, Education and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professional Study), housed in the Department of Anesthesiology, recently received accreditation by the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Simulation Education Program and is one of only 18 programs in the country to earn this distinction.[11][12]
  • ISMMS's Morchand Center for Clinical Competence, a state-of-the-art standardized patient center, was featured on the television show Seinfeld, where Cosmo Kramer plays a patient actor with gonorrhea.[13]
  • First in New York to provide first year medical students with portable pocket-sized ultrasound devices.[14]
  • Within its Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, was the first to offer a class allowing medical students to fully sequence their genomes,[15] and was also the first CLIA-certified next-generation sequencing lab in New York City.[16]


The first official proposal for the establishment of the medical school was made to the hospital's trustees in January 1958. Although almost half a century had passed since a medical school had been successfully created without the participation of a university, in 1963, a charter for the school was established.[17] The challenge of defining the new school's needs and refining its philosophy was met by, among other people, Hans Popper, Horace Hodes, Alexander Gutman, Paul Klemperer, George Baehr, Gustave L. Levy, and Alfred Stern.[17] Milton Steinbach was MSSM's first president.[17]

In 1968, MSSM commenced its first class of future physicians and quickly became one of the leading medical schools in the U.S., with Mount Sinai Hospital gaining international recognition for its laboratories as well as advances in patient care and the discovery of diseases. The City University of New York (CUNY) granted MSSM's degrees.[17]

In 1999, MSSM changed university affiliations from CUNY to New York University (NYU) but did not merge its operations with the New York University School of Medicine.[18] 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.[17] In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center's Boards of Trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between MSSM and NYU.[19] In 2010, MSSM was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and MSSM became an independent degree-granting institution without a university affiliation for the first time in its history.[20]

On November 14, 2012, it was announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine would be renamed to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in early 2013, in honor of Carl Icahn, a task which has now been completed.[21]

ISMMS publishes the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine six times a year.


Icahn School of Medicine from Central Park

ISMMS's medical curriculum is based on the standard division of medical education in the United States (U.S.): the former two years of study are confined to the medical sciences, the latter to the study of clinical sciences. The first and second years at MSSM are strictly pass/fail; the third and fourth years feature clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as affiliate hospitals – including Elmhurst Hospital Center, the Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.[22]

ISMMS's quadruplet 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. Notably, this participation includes The East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP), which was developed by the students of MSSM to create a health partnership between the East Harlem community and the MSSM, providing quality health care, regardless of ability to pay, to uninsured residents of East Harlem.

ISMMS also features a unique early-admissions program, The Humanities and Medicine Program, which guarantees students admitted to that program a place in the medical school. These students, known colloquially as "HuMeds," apply during the fall of their sophomore year in college or university and do not take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). HuMeds make up about 25% of each year's MSSM medical class.

ISMMS's student body is diverse, consisting of 17.9% underrepresented minorities (URM) and 53.6% women. The entering class of 2010 included 59 colleges, most heavily represented by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, UPenn, Duke, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth. One of the most selective medical schools in the United States, Mount Sinai boasts an average matriculating MCAT score of 35.7 and an average matriculating overall GPA of 3.75 for the entering class of 2012.[23]

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.

Educational programs[edit]

Medical Educational Programs Graduate School of Biological Sciences Programs
MD Program PhD Program
MD/PhD Training Program MD/PhD Training Program
Humanities and Medicine (HuMed) Early Acceptance Program MPH Program
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery – MD Training Program MS in Biomedical Sciences
MD/MBA Program MS in Genetic Counseling
MD/MPH Program MS in Clinical Research
MD/MS in Clinical Research (PORTAL) Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program for Medicine (PREP-Med)

Notable Alumni and Faculty[edit]


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