MDPhD Program Admissions
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is widely recognized for its excellence in education, basic and clinical research, patient care and service to our community. ISMMS Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP; MD/PhD Program) is an NIH-funded program that attracts individuals of diverse backgrounds who have the ability and potential to become researchers, scholars, and medical practitioners dedicated to excellence in their chosen career paths. Applicants for admission are considered based on their total qualifications. Factors considered include intellectual capability, academic achievement, motivation and potential for a career in the sciences, enthusiasm for shaping self-directed learning, personal maturity, and conformity to the School’s standards of character. All decisions are made on the basis of merit and without discrimination.
All offers of admission to ISMMS are provisional, pending receipt and evaluation of final transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the appropriate Registrar’s Office to the ISMMS Admissions Office. These and all other materials requested by the Registrar in conjunction with the admissions process must be received to complete a student’s enrollment. Submission of false or misleading information in the application materials or in connection with the application process will be considered by the Admissions Committee and/or the Committee for Academic Review as grounds for withdrawal of the acceptance offer, dismissal, or rescission of degree.
Extramural applicants who have decided to pursue studies towards both degrees first apply to the ISMMS through the AMCAS application. They elaborate on their interest in the MD/PhD program on a supplemental application form and by submitting the research-oriented MD/PhD online application form as part of the Medical School application packet. In addition to the minimum subject requirements for admission to the Medical School, the applicant must have research experience and should have taken advanced courses in science (e.g., physical chemistry, genetics, biochemistry). The MD/PhD application form is the only written material that must be submitted in addition to the application materials to the Medical School. We require, in addition to the 3 letters required by the medical school (that may include a committee letter), letters from research mentors and MCAT scores.
Based on the application materials, a group of highly qualified applicants will be selected for interview. Admission to the MD/PhD program requires acceptance by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. An applicant may be admitted to the Medical School without being admitted to the MD/PhD Program.
Students who are considering graduate studies in addition to medical school, but who are not yet sure about matriculation into the MD/PhD program, may consider applying to the dual program during the first or second year in the medical school. Such students should identify themselves to the MD/PhD Director as early as possible.
The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is November 1 but early submission is highly recommended.
- June 1 – AMCAS application opens
- October 15 – AMCAS primary application deadline
- November 1 – MD/PhD supplemental application deadline
- Late October through mid-December – Candidate interviews
- Mid-January – Admissions decisions are made
- April 30 – Final matriculation decisions due
- Early July – MD/PhD program begins