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. Registration link for 2021. This is open to any pre-medical undergraduate student or recent graduate. View flyer here.
- Dining with Doctors. This is a short-term mentoring and networking session limited to students at partner institutions.
- Dialogues in Health (new in fall of 2021). Limited to students at partner institutions.
- Career in Medicine Enhancement Program (new for spring 2021). This program is limited to students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and post-baccalaureate students) at partner institutions. CMEP provides learning support for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine and/or healthcare through lecture series and learning opportunities with a focus on health equity. Program session topics: Health Equity, Doctoring and Caring for the Vulnerable, Advocacy in Medicine, Research Careers in Medicine, Interviewing Skills and Strategies, Writing our Personal Statements, and Presentations/Program Review. The program will meet on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30pm) from 2/3/21 to 3/31/21. Additional dates will with faculty mentors based on participant eligibility. Application link for students and recent graduates from partner institutions. Deadline to apply: 12/20/20. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
Project highlights from Health Careers Conference:
- The DCOE hosted 40 Fordham University Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) participants for a virtual series, three sessions, in July 2020 which included a lecture by Dr. Morales on health equity and a panel discussion on health careers. At our last session, the students presented their fabulous mini-projects on health issues and social determinants, which included powerpoint presentations, TicToks, poetry, and infographics, to WCM faculty and residents.
- Future healthcare professionals, 15 high school students, from Fordham University STEP participated in the Health Careers Conference in July 2019. Weill Cornell Medicine staff, medical students, residents, faculty, nurses, and physician assistants shared their professional journey and information about their fields. Chief Resident Dr. Maria Pabon and 5 residents provided a tour of the hospital on the second day. The conference concluded with a Vital Signs workshop with Dr. Maurice Hinson.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,719,201 with 10% percentage financed by the Cornell Center for Health Equity and Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Medicine. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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, email@example.com.
Project lead: Andrea Card, MD, MPH