The FlexMed Early Acceptance Program at The Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City allows students who are sure they want to pursue a career in medicine to apply to the medical school in the sophomore year of college.
What is the FlexMed Program at Mount Sinai?
This program, launched in the fall of 2013, allows college sophomores majoring in any discipline early acceptance to the medical school. FlexMed students are not required to take the MCAT and enjoy more academic freedom to pursue their undergraduate interests. Mount Sinai writes that FlexMed students represent half of every incoming medical school class.
- Two semesters of:
- Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics
- Three letters of reference
- SAT or ACT
- Application entries and essays
- High school transcript
- College transcript that includes sophomore year first semester final grades
FlexMed Application Timeline
- August: FlexMed application opens
- January 15: FlexMed application is due
- Mid-March: FlexMed interview invitations released
- April: Interviews
- Early July: Admissions decisions released
FlexMed Acceptance Rate
- FlexMed Acceptance in 2019 was 6%
- 829 Applicants Applied
- 138 Applicants Granted Interviews
- 49 Applicants Accepted
FlexMed Average GPA
The FlexMed Average GPA in 2019 was 3.91.
FlexMed Average SAT
The FlexMed Average SAT in 2019 was 1520.
FlexMed Average ACT
The FlexMed Average ACT in 2019 was 34.
FlexMed Essay Prompts (2020 Application Cycle)
1) Describe something in your life that has given you a sense of personal, professional, or academic accomplishment. (300 words)
2) Describe something in your life that has given you a sense of personal, professional or academic disappointment. (300 words)
3) How FlexMed will change your educational plan and enhance your future career in medicine? (300 words)
4) Activities descriptions (150 words each and identify three as most meaningful and for those another 150 word essay about how the experience was transformative/more depth)
Who gets Accepted to FlexMed?
In our experience, successful applicants have earned high SAT/ACT scores and top grades in high school. What other criteria are give applicants an edge? Experience in clinical medicine, and research, the more extensive the better, help guarantee success. The admissions committee also likes to see well developed interests in areas unrelated to medicine.
In summary, FlexMed students, across the board, have:
1) A demonstrated commitment to medicine and research
2) A stellar academic and scholarly record
3) Well-developed interests and pursuits unrelated to medicine including service
4) Exceptional maturity and professionalism
5) Great interpersonal skills
Simply earning an interview to this prestigious and highly competitive program is an honor.
Every year MedEdits works with successful FlexMed applicants on the following:
- FlexMed 2020 essays
- FlexMed interview prep
To read about Dr. Freedman and Laurie Tansey’s experiences at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, click here.
From the Mount Sinai website:
“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.”
“The Icahn School of Medicine is looking for medical school applicants who have excelled academically, are collaborative leaders on their undergraduate campuses, and are passionate about medicine, science, and health care.”