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A university-wide initiative bridging Cornell's New York City and Ithaca campuses

Diversity Center of Excellence

The goal of the Diversity Center of Excellence awarded from the Health Resources and Services Administration, is to increase the number of Underrepresented Minority (URM) physicians in the workforce and in academic medicine. The 4 year project has the following objectives:

(1) Expand our well-established middle school, high school and undergraduate pipeline programs to double the number of URM students applying to our medical school within 3 years

(2) Enhance support for our URM medical students to create a nurturing environment that facilitates top performance in both culturally competent clinical care and community-partnered research

(3) Enhance support for residents and fellows to engage more URMs to stay in academics

(4) Expand faculty development programs to support URM faculty

(5) Generate new knowledge through our innovative programs, both in the peer-reviewed literature to share our insights with other academic centers and directly for the benefit of URM and other disadvantaged community members through a novel patient education platform

Susana Morales, MD
Co-Associate Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Vice Chair of Diversity, Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine


Monika M. Safford, MD
Co-Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
John J. Kuiper Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

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Cornell Center for Health Equity
525 East 68th St., F-20
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-3443

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Cornell Center for Health Equity
453 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone (607) 255-3062