The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is the first medical school in the country to create a progressive admissions approach for students who seek early assurance of admission. FlexMed allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to our school. Once accepted, you are free to pursue your studies unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and the MCAT. This program is an expansion of our longstanding Humanities and Medicine Early Assurance and Science and Medicine (SciMed) programs.
“FlexMed is all about flexibility in your education and the opportunity to pursue what you love to learn. It allows talented students with lots of initiative to ‘flex’ their intellectual, creative, humanistic, and scientific muscles during college.” – David Muller, MD, Professor and Chair, Dean for Medical Education
Responding to Change
We launched FlexMed in response to major changes in the biomedical science and health care delivery. It allows a new cohort of students to join our tradition of cultivating future physicians who are self-directed in their learning, thrive on a culture of academic rigor and mentorship, and have a strong appreciation of human rights and social justice. Named to honor the legacy of Abraham Flexner, a pioneer educator who revolutionized medical education early in the 20th century, FlexMed is transforming medical education by cultivating physicians who are grounded in 21st century science and the social context in which they will practice medicine.
Who Can Apply?
The FlexMed Program is open to all undergraduate sophomores from any major.
Once you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will matriculate into the medical school, provided you adhere to all program requirements prior to entry.
Applications and Responses
We review applications from January through February. Interview invitations are sent on a rolling basis and interviews will take place between March and May. If you are invited to interview, you are required to do so as part of the admissions process.
The Student Union (SU) received a corporate sponsorship of $10,000 from Kweller Prep Tutoring and Educational Services in June, making Kweller Prep its platinum sponsor. If the SU upholds the terms of the contract, which include advertising Kweller Prep and allowing it to hold paid tutoring sessions at Stuyvesant, it will receive the funds by June 15, 2016.
Last spring, former SU Chief Financial Officer Benjamin Lanier (’15) e-mailed approximately 500 small corporations for potential sponsorships. Only two corporations, Kweller Prep and Bee Tutored, demonstrated interest. Bee Tutored gradually dropped out and Kweller Prep requested to be the SU’s only sponsor. The SU and Kweller Prep ended up drafting a contract, which was signed by Lanier, a legal adult.
Principal Jie Zhang, Coordinator of Student Affairs Matthew Polazzo, and Assistant Principal of Guidance Casey Pedrick helped the SU review and revise the terms of the contract. The process proved lengthy: “There were many obstacles. We constantly had to call Ms. Kweller. We also had to revise the contract and made many drafts—about ten […] That was pretty cumbersome,” Lanier said.
A similar deal was made two years ago, when SU Chief Financial Officer Jack Cahn coordinated a $10,000 sponsorship with Kweller Prep in which, unlike the new deal, the SU and The Spectator each received $5,000. The 2013 contract also differed from the new contract in that it set forth different criteria for how the SU would advertise Kweller Prep, and stated that Kweller Prep and the SU would divide the net profits of all Kweller test-run prep programs held at Stuyvesant.
The money from the current contract will go to student-run programs, such as clubs, “pubs,” and SING!. The SU declined to publicize exactly how these funds will be allocated, but the SU Budget Committee has decided to double the funding for SING! from previous years.
In exchange for the $10,000, Stuyvesant will provide at most 20 classrooms for afterschool tutoring. “[At tutoring sessions] the students in attendance […] are current students at Stuyvesant and the instructors will also be Stuyvesant alumni,” SU Chief Financial Officer Kai Chen said. The contract also lists the various ways Stuyvesant will advertise Kweller Prep: on the SU website, in every issue of The Spectator, before every SU YouTube video, in the SING! playbill, at parent teacher conferences and the club pub fair, and on the doors of the SU office. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kweller Prep Frances Kweller is also entitled to give a lecture at Stuyvesant, advertised by the SU, whose topic might include entrepreneurship or women in business.
The SU is determined to maintain their relationship with Kweller Prep. One of the agreements of the contract is that if Kweller Prep is satisfied with the outcome of the sponsorship, it will donate an extra $1,000 to the SU. “The Student Union will work to make sure that [Kweller Prep] is very satisfied with the relationship we have built,” So said. We’re starting off on a good foot,” Aung said.
These activities allow high schoolers to explore possible careers and can enhance a student’s college application, education experts say.
For most teens, having fun is the main item on the agenda for summer vacation, not learning. But summer can be a great time for high school students to explore different interests and careers, as well as prepare for the college admissions process.
“It can be a really important time of self-discovery,” says Stephanie Diozzi, a guidance counselor at Burlington High School in Massachusetts. Not all high school students know what they want to study in college, she says, so they can use the summer to cultivate interests in a low-stress manner.
These four activities can allow students to develop those new interests and skills, whether they are spending the summer at grandma’s house or in their hometown. Plus, students can include these experiences on their college applications.
1. Participate in an educational camp or college program: Many colleges, museums and other organizations offer summer learning opportunities for high school students, Diozzi says.
Highly ranked schools such as Yale University and Stanford University offer summer programs for high school students, as do civic organizations such as the Rotary Club. Summer programs can be great way for students to explore possible majors or areas of interest, Diozzi says. Many offer financial aid and scholarships for students who want to attend, and students shouldn’t rule out these programs even if the enrollment period has ended.
“Call to see if there are any last-minute cancellations. Sometimes families’ plans change and they have to bow out of a program,” she says.
2. Get a summer job: Students shouldn’t underestimate the importance of small jobs, Diozzi says.
While it may be challenging for a 14- or 15-year-old to find a formal job, odd jobs like mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn are seen in a very positive light by college admissions officers, she says. “It shows that the student has initiative and that they’ve taken on a responsible role in their community to the best of their ability,” she says.
3. Visit colleges, near and far: Even a 10-minute drive through a college near a family’s vacation destination will allow teens to get a feel for different types of schools, Diozzi says.
A visit to a school that a teen has no initial interest in may have unexpected results too, says Frances Kweller, founder and CEO of Kweller Prep, a New York-based company that offers test prep and college admissions advice. “You never know if there is something there that may appeal to you that you definitely now want in a college,” she says.
4. Job shadow: Observing someone in a field of interest can help students determine if their intended career path is for them, Diozzi says.
She has seen the power of job shadowing in action. One student shadowed a nutritionist for a day and discovered her passion for nutrition. She says the student has committed to go to college to study nutrition and has signed up for other enrichment opportunities. “Just that one day spent in the field really made a huge difference and gave her a really strong focus,” Diozzi says.
Above all else, students should use the summer to re-energize and explore activities that they may not have time for during the school year, Diozzi says. And it doesn’t hurt to talk to the experts.
“We’re biased, but they should definitely talk to their guidance counselor and they could certainly help point them in the right direction,” says Joe Attubato, the guidance director at Burlington High School.
Frances Kweller, CEO of Kweller Prep, a learning incubator specializing in advanced test preparation in Queens, New York, founded Kweller Prep after receiving her law degree from Hofstra Law School. She offers the following tips to women embarking on their first business venture:1. – Most women suffer from what I call “analysis paralysis”, which means they analyze the situation over and over again and then never take action. They have plans to do something, but don’t execute. Don’t spend time over-processing everything and take action immediately before you get cold feet.
1. Execute Immediately – Most women suffer from what I call “analysis paralysis”, which means they analyze the situation over and over again and then never take action. They have plans to do something, but don’t execute. Don’t spend time over-processing everything and take action immediately before you get cold feet.
2. Don’t Let the Math Scare You – If you’re like me, you didn’t take a lot of math in school and numbers make you want to run the other way. As women, we don’t want to look at a portfolio or profit-and-loss statement because many of us don’t understand the math. Take a class at a community college, spend quality time with your accountant, CPA and banker and understand how business loans work because you will need this information in the future.
3. Be Direct About What You Want – You need to be able to pitch what you want in 3 minutes or less. Learn not to be soft and get to the point to get what you want. Women tend to go in circles and are afraid of saying what they want. Being able to say what you want and what you are looking for is critical to your success.
4. Trust Your Gut – Many people will tell you that you cannot do something or that your idea is a bad one. If your instincts are telling you that they’re wrong and you’re right, trust your instincts. When they say “no,” move on from it and beware of all the free advice.
5. Stay Away from Business Partners – Particularly in your first business venture, a business partner is not only not necessary but an unwelcome headache. Your first venture comes with enormous learning curves and mistakes you need to make alone. You need to listen to your instincts and have clarity of mind to do so, unclouded by another party in the way.
6. Get Support – Join a women’s group, while reading up on building a business and about other women entrepreneurs to garner the support you need while building your business. Surrounding yourself with other female entrepreneurs will only help you on your journey in discovery and with a solid foundation while building your own leadership skills too.