Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is a private graduate medical school in Manhattan, 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. Ranking 18th in the country for biomedical research, it leads the country in neuroscience research funding from the National Institutes of Health (#1), receiving $31.2 million in 2018.[3] It attracted $348.5 million in total NIH funding in 2018.[4]

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Former names
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
TypePrivate, graduate, medical
Established1963 (1963)
Parent institution
Mount Sinai Health System
Endowment$1.7 billion (2017)[1]
DeanDennis S. Charney, MD
President & CEOKenneth L. Davis, MD
Academic staff
1,500+ full-time
6,000+ total[2]
Students560+ MD students
90+ MD/PhD students
270+ PhD students[2]
Location, ,
United States

Admissions is competitive. In 2018, the MD program matriculated 140 students from 6,156 applicants.[5] The median undergraduate GPA of matriculants is 3.84, and the median MCAT score is in the 95th percentile.[4] The MSTP is currently training over 90 MD/PhD students.


The first official proposal for the establishment of a medical school was made to Mount Sinai 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.[6] Milton Steinbach was the school's first president.[7]

In 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine commenced its first class and soon became known as one of the leading medical schools in the U.S., with Mount Sinai Hospital gaining recognition for its laboratories and advances in patient care and the discovery of diseases.[8] The City University of New York granted Mount Sinai's degrees.[6] The architecture of ISMMS was designed by 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.[9] 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.[6] In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center's Boards of Trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between Mount Sinai and NYU.[10] In 2010, Mount Sinai was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and became an independent degree-granting institution.[11]

On November 14, 2012, it was announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine would be renamed Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in honor of New York businessman and philanthropist Carl Icahn.[12]

In August 2016, Dennis S. Charney, the Dean of the medical school, was shot and wounded as he left a deli in his home town of Chappaqua, New York. Hengjun Chao, a former Mount Sinai faculty member who had been fired for research misconduct in 2010, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.[13][14] Chao was convicted of attempted second degree murder and two other charges in June 2017.[15]

2019 lawsuit for age and sex discrimination

In April 2019, the Icahn School was named in a lawsuit filed against Mount Sinai Health System and several employees of the Icahn School's Arnhold Institute for Global Health.[16] The suit was filed by eight current and former employees for "age and sex discrimination as well as improper reporting to funding agencies, misallocation of funds, failing to obtain Institutional Review Board approval prior to conducting research in violation of Mount Sinai and federal guidelines, and failing properly to adhere to the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA."[17] The school denies the claims. More than 150 students at the Icahn School and more than 400 Icahn and Mount Sinai Health System faculty have signed letters, addressed to the Board of Trustees, calling on the system to investigate these allegations.[18][19]


ISMMS's medical curriculum is based on the standard division 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.[20]

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. 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 1987, the ISMMS has also featured a unique early-admissions program, The Humanities and Medicine Program, which guaranteed students admitted to the program a place in the medical school. 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.[21] In 2013, the Humanities and Medicine program was expanded into the FlexMed program. Students admitted to the ISMMS via FlexMed will be able to pursue any major and will be 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.[22]

ISMMS's student body is diverse, consisting of 17.9% underrepresented minorities (URM) and 53.6% women.

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.


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


Notable alumni and faculty


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