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There is no better time to be a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

At Mount Sinai, our conviction that "medicine is service" informs everything we do, and our primary mission is to enable students to serve patients with compassion, dedication, and skill. What begins here becomes a lifelong journey of service and scientific discovery. Thanks to scholarship support, many students who might not otherwise be able to afford a medical education can pursue their passions without facing a future of debt. Meet two of our students.


 Alexandra Dembar, MD, Class of 2019, was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a  BA in Spanish, focusing specifically on Linguistics. In college she was involved in increasing access to financial capital via microfinance in rural communities in Honduras, and worked in Honduras for a summer and led several trips of her fellow students during which they partnered with community financial infrastructure. She is a member of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Primary Care Scholars Program, which is designed to prepare the next generation of primary care physicians to meet the rising needs of local and global communities through core training, mentorship, and experiences.  Khameer Kidia, MD, Class of 2017, earned a BA in French Literature from Princeton University, and an MPhil in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was drawn to the medical field after working with a team of physicians on a project targeting the treatment of HIV-positive teenagers in his native Harare, Zimbabwe. Shortly thereafter, Khameer applied to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's FlexMed Program, which encourages college sophmores in any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance to the School. He is a global health scholar in The Arnold Institute for Global Health and recently published a personal narrative about his family's history of cardiac disease entitled, "Disheartening Disparities" in The New England Journal of Medicine.


To ensure that the Icahn School of Medicine remains at the vanguard of medical education, we depend on our philanthropic supporters—our alumni among them—to invest in the education of future generations of preeminent physicians and researchers who choose to attend Mount Sinai.

Gifts of all sizes matter. Please consider making a gift today.

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