About Student Council

StuCo general body meeting

In September 1988, a new governance of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was adopted. Election of student representatives to the Student Council is carried out in the beginning of the academic year.

Student Council represents the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Genetic Counseling program, the Masters in Public Health program, and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). The council’s aim is to improve all aspects of student life. Student Council meets once a month to discuss ideas and promote new projects. Members also meet with the school administration monthly for updates.

Student Council class representatives form various committees, including the Steering Committee, Financial Management Team, Alumni Association, and Board of Trustees/Student Affairs Committee. Student Council has a large budget that it allocates to student groups for events. Students can also receive funding for travel to conferences.

Subcommittee members are elected from each class to work on more specific issues. There are a variety of subcommittees, which act anywhere from the school level to the community level to the national level. There are many ways to be involved in Student Council, and monthly meetings are open to all students. Current students looking for more information should email studentc@mssm.edu.

Student Council committees consist of:

  • Student Council Steering Committee
  • Subcommittees of the Student Council
    • Academic Technology Committee
    • AAMC/Executive Curriculum Committee
    • Athletic/Recreation Committee
    • Community Service Committee
    • Greening Committee
    • Health/Wellness Committee
    • Housing/Security Committee
    • Mistreatment Committee
    • Social Committee
    • Student Lounge Committee

It must be emphasized that students serving on these committees have an obligation to keep their classmates informed as to the committee’s deliberations, as well as to present issues of concern to the appropriate committee. Toward this end, student representatives are encouraged to hold periodic meetings with other representatives as well as with their class.

So what do you actually do?

Thought you’d ask! Previously, answering this required students to either come to meetings or read our minutes, which is understandably tedious; nowadays you can stay updated in 140-character increments by following @SinaiStudents on Twitter and you can see all of our active issues on our online whiteboard, a snapshot of which appears here:


About this site

This website was created in September 2014 to increase transparency within Student Council and help us communicate with the student body. Please contact the Student Council secretaries with any suggestions specific to this website.

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