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FlexMed Requirements

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Requirements and FAQs

Students will have to complete two semesters of college biology, two semesters of college chemistry, OR two semesters of college physics

  • The two semester requirement can cover any discipline of biology, chemistry, or physics including Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunobiology, etc.
  • AP or IB credit cannot substitute this requirement.  If you have received college credit from AP or IB coursework, higher level science courses must be taken to fulfill this requirement.
  • Coursework must be completed by the January 15th application deadline.

Prior to Matriculation:

Prior to matriculation, students will be required to complete the following courses:

  • Two semesters of Biology (not AP or IB but college course work)
  • Two semesters of Chemistry (not AP or IB but college course work)
  • Two semesters of English
  • One semester of Physics (AP or IB Physics in HS with a score of 4 or higher)
  • Two semesters of lab in any science
  • One semester of Health Policy, Public Health, or Global Health
  • One semester of Ethics
  • One semester of Statistics
  • A Senior Thesis or its equivalent in an area of academic concentration
  • An in-depth experience in which the student gains exposure to human illness

Students will be strongly encouraged to gain proficiency in either Spanish or Mandarin.

In the five weeks prior to matriculation, FlexMed students who have not had advanced science courses (specifically organic chemistry and biochemistry) will be required to participate in our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will provide them with basic competency in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.

Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will not be permitted to take the MCAT.

Q: Can I apply to FlexMed from any major?

A: Yes. FlexMed allows college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Please refer to Program Requirements for mandatory courses.

Q: I received a 5 on my AP Biology Exam. Do I still have to take a year of biology in college?

A: Yes. You do not need to repeat introductory biology, but you must take a year of college biology. Choose courses which will best prepare you for medical school, for example, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, immunology, etc.

Q: Do I have to take the labs associated with the biology or chemistry courses?

A: Prior to matriculation, you are required to take two semesters of lab in any science. This flexibility allows you to pursue a lab experience that most interests you.

Q: I took a year of college biology or chemistry during the summer at another institution. Is that acceptable?

A: We do not require that you complete the college biology or chemistry courses at your undergraduate institution. However, you should take these courses at an institution that is an accredited four-year college of similar quality to your undergraduate institution. If you plan to take required course work at another institution, you must receive approval from the FlexMed program. Furthermore, it is important that you consider courses that will provide you with the requisite background for medical school courses such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, immunobiology, etc.

Q: Do I have to complete the required course work before applying?

A: You do not need to complete all the required courses before applying to the FlexMed Program. You need to have completed two semesters of college biology, chemistry, or physics by January 15 of the academic year you apply. If accepted into the program, you must complete the remaining courses before you graduate from your undergraduate institution.

Q: My combined Critical Reading (old Verbal) + Math SAT score is 1250. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Although most accepted applicants have a combined SAT score above 1350, we consider your entire application during the review process.

Q: Are all applicants interviewed?

A:No. Only selected applicants will be invited for interviews at the Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will be scheduled from March until May. A tour of the medical center will also be scheduled at that time for you, if you have been invited.

Q: When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?

A: Letters of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by July 1 of the academic year that you apply.

Q: If I am accepted to the FlexMed program, is the acceptance binding?

A: Once you accept our offer of admission to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), you are required to sign a formal written agreement demonstrating your commitment to making ISMMS your future home for medical education. Should you eventually choose not to attend, you may do so without any penalty. If you choose to apply to another medical school and/or take the MCAT, your acceptance into the FlexMed Program will be revoked.

Q: What is the tuition for FlexMed?

A: Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school but there are no tuition fees until you matriculate. Tuition is based on the individual years in which you enroll, and may differ from year to year. You may view current tuition rates in our Tuition and Financial Aid section.

Q: If I am accepted to FlexMed, will I be considered for scholarships and financial aid?

A: There are several merit scholarships currently available for FlexMed students. If you are seeking need-based financial aid, you must apply by filling out the FAFSA application the Need Access form and following the instructions that can be found on our Financial Aid website. This process takes place in the winter prior to matriculation.

Q: Can I defer my matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for two years?

A: You are encouraged to defer matriculation to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for one or two years. The permission to defer will be granted upon request to the program director and requires you to articulate a strong, well thought out educational plan for the deferred time period.

Q: Do I have to fill out an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application?

A: Your application to the FlexMed Program does not require an AMCAS application; however, matriculation toour institution does. If you are accepted into the FlexMed Program, you will be asked to fill out an AMCAS application during the year preceding your matriculation. At that time, you will also be required to complete the our supplemental application, with the exception of the essay questions. You will not be required to pay the supplemental application fee. Completing these applications is a clerical necessity and does not imply that you are reapplying to medical school. Once you are accepted into FlexMed, you are accepted into medical school.

Q: If I am accepted into the FlexMed Program, am I automatically accepted into medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?

A: Yes, provided that:

  • You maintain the high standards of your present credentials, including a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and receive your bachelor’s degree
  • You are not disciplined for any unprofessional/unethical behavior
  • You promptly respond to all deadlines from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • You are physically and emotionally capable of meeting the rigorous demands of medical school

Q: If I apply under the FlexMed program, can I still be considered for the MD/PhD program?

A: At the time of application, you are only considered for admission into the MD program. However, once you have been accepted you may apply to the MD/PhD program in the winter immediately prior to matriculation. The deadline is November 1st. If you are interested in pursuing this route, discuss it with the director of the MD/PhD program prior to completing your application.

Q: What if I am in my second year but my school considers me a junior because of AP credits (or other earned credits) that I received in high school? Can I still apply as a FlexMed applicant?

A: Yes. We expect students to apply during the fall semester of the second year of full-time study at their college or university, irrespective of how many college-level credits they received in high school.

Q: Can I apply if I am not a sophomore?

A: No. This program is specifically designed for students entering their second year of college as a full-time student, working toward their first bachelor’s degree. If you are in a five-year undergraduate program, you can apply either in your second or third year of college. You are not eligible to apply if you already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Q: From whom should I get letters of recommendation?

A: We require three letters of recommendation. Typically students get them from:

  • High school teacher/guidance counselor
  • College professor/faculty advisor
  • Other person who knows you well academically or professionally. This person could be another teacher/professor, employer, etc.


FlexMed Early Admission

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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.


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