The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), formerly Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is an American medical school in the New York City borough of Manhattan in the state of New York. Chartered by Mount Sinai Hospital in 1963, the ISMMS is one of the foremost medical schools in the United States, in 2014, ranked 20th in research according to U.S. News & World Report, 18th in funding by the National Institutes of Health among U.S medical schools (2014), and 3rd in NIH funding per primary investigator. In 2017, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ranks 22nd in research according to U.S. News & World Report, 13th in NIH funding among U.S Medical Schools (2017), and 2nd in NIH funding per primary investigator.
ISMMS and Mount Sinai Hospital occupy a four-block area adjacent to Central Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with architecture designed by I. M. Pei. ISMMS and Mount Sinai Hospital make up Mount Sinai Medical Center, of which Kenneth L. Davis, MD, is the president and CEO. Dennis Charney, MD, the current Dean of the School of Medicine, became the Dean of Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2004, later becoming the Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, finally succeeding Davis as Dean of the school in 2007.
In 2012–13, Mount Sinai Medical Center was recognized on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” ranking 14th among the approximately 5,000 hospitals in the US with 11 nationally ranked specialties including cancer, geriatrics, gastroenterology, cardiology and heart surgery, otolaryngology, rehabilitation, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, gynecology, urology, and kidney disorders.
The first official proposal for the establishment of a medical school was made to Mount Sinai Hospital’s trustees in January 1958. The school’s philosophy was defined by Hans Popper, Horace Hodes, Alexander Gutman, Paul Klemperer, George Baehr, Gustave L. Levy, and Alfred Stern, among others. Milton Steinbach was the school’s first president.
In 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine commenced its first class and soon became known as one of the leading medical schools in the U.S., with Mount Sinai Hospital gaining recognition for its laboratories and advances in patient care and the discovery of diseases.
In 1999, Mount Sinai changed university affiliations from City University to New York University but did not merge its operations with the New York University School of Medicine.
This affiliation change took place as part of the merger in 1998 of Mount Sinai and NYU medical centers to create the Mount Sinai-NYU Medical Center and Health System. In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Boards of Trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between Mount Sinai and NYU. In 2010, Mount Sinai was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and became an independent degree-granting institution.
The issue of human resources management between nurses and doctors at Mount Sinai hospital was reported by Jose Martinez on April 20, 2010 in the New York Daily News. As stated by Martinez: “A Catholic nurse was forced to assist in an abortion at Mount Sinai Medical Center over her strenuous objections, a lawsuit filed Friday charges. Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, who works in the operating room at the Manhattan hospital, contends that her boss ordered her to assist in the May 2009 abortion of a 22-week-old fetus or face charges of ‘insubordination and patient abandonment.
ISMMS’s medical curriculum is based on the standard division of medical education in the United States: the first two years of study are confined to the medical sciences, the latter to the study of clinical sciences. The first and second years are strictly pass/fail; the third and fourth years feature clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital and affiliate hospitals, including Elmhurst Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.
Since 1987, the ISMMS has also featured a unique early-admissions program, The Humanities and Medicine Program, which guaranteed students admitted to the program a place in the medical school. These students, known colloquially as “HuMeds,” applied during the fall of their sophomore year in college or university and did not take the Medical College Admission Test(MCAT). HuMeds made up about 25% of each year’s ISMMS medical class. In 2013, the Humanities and Medicine program was expanded into the FlexMed program. Students admitted to the ISMMS via FlexMed will be able to pursue any major and will be required to take additional coursework in ethics, statistics, and health policy in lieu of or in addition to several of the traditional pre-med requirements. The school plans to recruit half of each incoming class through the FlexMed program.
Individual educational programs are accredited through the appropriate bodies, including but not limited to LCME, CEPH, ACCME and ACGME. All degree-granting programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.