About Student Council

2023 Jacobi Medallion with Student Leaders

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 MD, PhD, and Masters students. 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 and program 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
    • Athletics
    • Community Service Committee
    • Green/Sustainability Committee
    • Health and Well-Being Committee
    • Housing/Security Committee
    • Student Life committee
    • Social Committee
    • Executive Admissions
    • Executive Curriculum Committee/AAMC
    • Mistreatment Committee
    • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism 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! For the most in depth understanding of what Student Council does read our minutes from Steering Meetings and General Body Meetings. Broadly, we are frequently the liaisons between the students we represent, administration, and other stakeholders. If you have a specific question about what may or may not fall under the purview of Student Council you can email us at studentc@icahn.mssm.edu.

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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