Project lead: Andrea Card, MD, MPH
Health disparities across racial and ethnic groups has been well documented. In medicine, racial and ethnic minorities (Black, Latinx, and Native American) are underrepresented. In particular, groups such as black men represent 6 percent of physicians. As a result, the Weill Cornell Diversity of Center of Excellence created the Premedical Diversity Initiative in 2018 order to establish new linkages and strengthen existing linkages with premedical advisor and student premedical groups at partner institutions.
- Cornell University
- City College
- Columbia University
- Fordham University
- Hunter College
- St. John’s University
- Annual Health Equity Pre-Medical Conference. This is open to any pre-medical undergraduate student or recent graduate. View 2021 flyer here.
- Dining with Doctors. This is a short-term mentoring and networking session limited to students at partner institutions. This program will resume in Fall 2021.
- Dialogues in Health (new in fall of 2020). Limited to students at partner institutions. This program will resume in Fall 2021.
- Career in Medicine Enhancement Program (new for spring 2021).
- Health Careers Conference for Fordham Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) participants. Visit program page.
- Other programs with WCM partners: Hospital tour, Simulation lab, Health Careers Conference. These programs are limited to students at partner institutions.
ACCESS Summer Internship Program: A program designed for undergraduate students to enhance their understanding of modern biology and medical research.
Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program: The program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups.
Black and Latino Men in Medicine: This organization hosts a mentoring program (Science and Leadership in Medicine – SLIM) for high school and college students in the spring semester and an annual conference in early May that is part of Weill Cornell Diversity Week.
Program for Individualized Mentorship Education Solutions (PrIMES): This program is for underrepresented minority college students and pairs them with current medical students or young physicians who mentor them through the challenging process of becoming a medical doctor.
We have been able to provide short-term mentoring for over 150 pre-medical students due to our partners, Weill Cornell Medicine students, residents, fellows, and faculty. If you are a Weill Cornell Medicine trainee or faculty, visit this link to join us for Dialogues in Health, where you can share your journey to medicine. You can also reach the DCOE team by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.