The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has announced through Dean David Muller that it will be changing its academic culture following the suicide of a fourth-year student this past August. Dr. Muller and roughly 30 other members of ISMMS, including students and professors, participated in a task force to get an in-depth look at what may have contributed to the suicide.
The two biggest takeaways are:
(1) The honors/high pass/pass quota system will change from a 25%/50%/25% curve to a 33.3%/33.3%/33.3% curve to alleviate some of the competition. (There is a longer-term plan to eventually drop the quota system altogether.)
(2) Students will have easier access to a therapist and mental health check ups. Students will also be able to easily opt out of the check ups.
So there you have it. We often remind our readers to keep tabs on their target schools and remember that they are dynamic institutions that may be different at graduation than they are now. This is a pretty clear illustration of that point.