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 Donald and Vera Blinken FlexMed Early Acceptance 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.
The requirements to apply are:
1) One year of of biology
2) One year of general chemistry or physics
3) Three letters of reference
4) Written Application and Essays
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
4) 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. 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.”