Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admissions


Hey pre-meds!

This page serves as a high-yield resource for Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admissions. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Icahn School of Medicine acceptance rate data, the Icahn School of Medicine website, and most importantly, from Mount Sinai med students themselves! You will have facts such as admissions statistics, but you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, keep reading!

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admissions
Mount Sinai Medical School Secondary Application:

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Icahn Mount Sinai Secondary Application Secondary Essay Prompts:

There are 4 secondary essays, so we suggest you start on them early!  Although some of the essays are optional, the Cracking Med School Admissions team recommends writing an answer for all of them, unless Essay #1 does not apply to you. With each secondary essay, the goal is for the admissions committee to get to know you from various perspectives.

MD Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) (Optional) If you are currently not a full time student, please briefly describe the activities you are participating in this academic year. (100 words)

Essay 2) If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity or a commitment to a particular community, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you would like to share with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Aspects might include, but are not limited to significant challenges in or circumstances associated with access to education, living with a disability, socioeconomic factors, immigration status, or identification with a culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine. Completing this section is optional. (100 words)

Essay 3) What is the toughest feedback you ever received? How did you handle it and what did you learn from it? (250 words)

Essay 4) Please tell us about a situation in which working collaboratively on a team was challenging. What did you do? What did you learn? (200 words)


MD/PhD Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Please describe an influential experience that motivated your decision to become a physician-scientist. (200 words)

Essay 2) What is the toughest feedback you ever received? How did you handle it and what did you learn from it? (200 words)

Essay 3) Please tell us about a time when an experiment didn’t go as planned or yielded an unexpected result. How did you approach this challenge and what did you learn? (200 words)

Essay 4) What are your career goals? Which characteristics of the MD/PhD Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai do you believe will help you to achieve them? (200 words)

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Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admissions – Interview Style:

Interviews at Mount Sinai School of Medicine  are one-on-one traditional interview format.


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Mount Sinai Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


Mount Sinai School of Medicine Median GPA: 3.83

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Median Old MCAT: 36 Total (12 Verbal / 12 Physical Science / 12 Biological Science)

Mount Sinai School of Medicine New MCAT: 517 (130 chemical & physical / 128 critical analysis / 130 biological & biochemical / 129 psychological, social)


Your Mount Sinai School of Medicine Admissions Advisers
Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on Mount Sinai Med School Admissions

How to Get Into Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Know the Curriculum:


As a Mount Sinai med student, your first two years are spent as a Icahn medical school pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. The 3rd and 4th years are spent in clinical rotations. You learn your basic clinical skills through the “Art and Science of Medicine” course your first two years.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first year at Mount Sinai Med School focuses on foundational science and normal anatomy & physiology. Interspersed throughout the first two years are InFocus weeks – these are weeks that emphasize research training and career planning.

The blocks during the first year of med school are:

  • Molecular Foundations
  • Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Medical microbiology

The second year at Mount Sinai med school are organ-based classes.

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Gastrointestinal-Liver
  • Hematology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Endocrine
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Renal


Clinical Years:

During the 3rd and 4th years of medical school, students are in clinical rotations.

The third year curriculum consists of:

  • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care / Geriatrics (6 weeks)
  • Surgery/Anesthesia (8 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (5 weeks)
  • OB-GYN (5 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks)
  • Electives (10 weeks)
  • Optional longitudinal integrated clerkship

The fourth year curriculum consists of at least 36 weeks of clinical courses.

  • Subinternship (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Introduction to Internship year (2 weeks)


Taking Time Off:

Most MD candidates at Mount Sinai graduate within 4 years.

Flexible Curriculum:

Flexibility to learn is the name of the game at Mount Sinai. Even throughout the 3rd year of medical school, there is ample time to take clinical electives.


Learn more about Mount Sinai med school:

Why choose Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai? The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • Global Health focus and opportunities
  • Focus on the humanities and medicine – school supports arts, literature, and creativity along with the practice of medicine.
  • Tight knit student body culture
  • Flexible and independent learning
  • Location in New York City – not in the heart of the city but still in Manhattan close enough to enjoy everything Manhattan has to offer

What students are saying about Mount Sinai School of Medicine

We have so much freedom and flexibility here at Mount Sinai. If you're an independent student, you'll thrive here.

I love my classmates. They all live down the hall from me.

I chose Mount Sinai because of the global health opportunities. Even throughout first year, the schools opens your doors towards various global health projects.

I appreciate how Mount Sinai emphasizes admitting pre-meds with non-science majors. I think that creates a more "well-rounded" student environment.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Half day a week (mid-week) of time off to do whatever you want: study, research, take extra classes, sleep, hang out around NYC
  • Interspersed throughout the first two years are InFocus weeks – these are weeks that emphasize research training and career planning
  • Flexibility about when to take your “take home” exams. This allows you to take it on a Friday afternoon so you have the weekend off or to take it Sunday night so you have the entire weekend to study
  • A number of exams are honorary take home exams

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • A lot of elective time
  • Global health opportunities and electives. Check out global health at Mount Sinai here.
  • Opportunity to do longitudinal care and take care of a panel of patients throughout your last 2 years of medical school.

Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
  • Mount Sinai Brooklyn
  • Mount Sinai St. Lukes
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center
  • Bronx VA Medical Center

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Med School

There's an emphasis in thinking about the entire patient, not just a person with a disease. This includes their access to healthcare and socio-economic situation.

Diverse patient population and medical staff population

Walk through Mount Sinai Hospital and everything here is patient-centered, from the waiting room to the new technology being incorporated.

Mount Sinai has a special connection with the surrounding community. As a clinical student, I always feel great even after a hard day because I am giving back to my community.


Where do students live?

Most students live dorm-style apartments across Mount Sinai Hospital in the upper west side of Manhattan. campus.


Getting around:

There’s great public transportation in New York City. Many students also uber/Lyft around the city.


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for grants and financial aid with Mount Sinai’s financial aid office.
  • Full-time Tuition:
    • $50,174
    • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$146,000

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