Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Former names
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
TypePrivate medical school
Established1963; 59 years ago (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

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS or Mount Sinai), formerly the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a private medical school in New York City. It is the academic teaching arm of The Mount Sinai Health System, which manages eight hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, including Mount Sinai Hospital and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Mount Sinai is ranked #11 among American medical schools by the 2023 U.S. News & World Report.[4] In 2021, it was ranked 15th [5] in the country for biomedical research and leads the country in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for neuroscience (#2) and genetics (#2).[6] It attracted over $400 million in total NIH funding in 2021.[5] Mount Sinai's faculty includes 23 elected members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine[7] and 40 members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.[8]

In 2018, the MD program matriculated 140 students from 6,156 applicants.[9] 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. As one of the most selective medical schools in the U.S., Mount Sinai received 8,276 applications for approximately 140 MD and MD/PhD positions for the 2021-2022 academic year.[5]


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.[10] Milton Steinbach was the school's first president.[11]

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.[12] The City University of New York granted Mount Sinai's degrees.[10] 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.[13] 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.[10] In 2003, the partnership between the two dissolved.[14]

In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center's boards of trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between Mount Sinai and NYU.[15] In 2010, Mount Sinai was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and became an independent degree-granting institution.[16]

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.[17]

In 2015, Mount Sinai announced partnerships with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as well as National Jewish Health, the nation's leading institutes for pediatric and pulmonary care respectively, leading to the creation of the Mount Sinai Children’s Heart Center[18] and the Mount Sinai - National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute.[19]

In March 2020, Elmhurst Hospital Center, the public hospital that serves as a major training site for Mount Sinai students and residents, was the epicenter of New York City's initial COVID-19 surge, with Mount Sinai house staff and faculty serving as the city's first frontline workers treating patients infected with coronavirus.[20] Mount Sinai has since established itself at the forefront of research to understand and treat COVID-19, being named a lead site in a $470 million study to examine the long-term effects of COVID-19.[21]


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

Mount Sinai'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 (Manhattan) and Elmhurst Hospital Center,[22] a major level 1 trauma center and safety-net hospital known for being situated in the "most ethnically diverse community in the world," serving an area of 1 million people with recent immigrants encompassing 112 different countries.[23] Other clerkship and residency training sites include the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Morningside, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital. [24]

Student body[edit]

Mount Sinai'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.


Since 1989, Mount Sinai 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

Individual educational programs are accredited through the appropriate bodies, including but not limited to LCME, CEPH, ACCME and ACGME.

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


The Annals of Global Health [28] was founded at Mount Sinai in 1934, then known as the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. Levy Library Press publishes The Journal of Scientific Innovation in Medicine.[29]


  • Mount Sinai was ranked 11th overall among research-based medical schools in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[4]
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, the teaching hospital of ISMMS, was listed in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll, with multiple specialties ranked in the top 20 nationwide (geriatrics #1, cardiology #6, endocrinology #10, neurology & neurosurgery #10, orthopedics #14, rehabilitation #14, gastroenterology #15, urology #16, pulmonology #20).[30] The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked #14 in ophthalmology.[31]
  • Mount Sinai was ranked 8th among medical schools in the U.S. receiving NIH grants in 2022,[32] and 2nd in research dollars per principal investigator among U.S. medical schools by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).[33]
  • Mount Sinai was the first U.S. medical school to establish a Department of Geriatrics in 1982.[34]
  • Mount Sinai'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.[35]

Notable people[edit]


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Coordinates: 40°47′22″N 73°57′14″W / 40.789475°N 73.953781°W / 40.789475; -73.953781

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