Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni
WCMC Alumni Association President's Report
Dear Fellow Alumni,
The 2013-2014 academic year has been about transformation and innovation. Dean Laurie Glimcher has done an outstanding job at furthering Weill Cornell’s reputation as a premier medical research institution. She has been actively working over the past two years to recruit top-notch physicians and scientists to fill the Belfer Research Building, which will open in January 2014.
In August we welcomed the Class of 2017 to Weill Cornell Medical College. At the annual White Coat Ceremony on August 27th, the new students said the Hippocratic Oath for the first time and received their white coats and stethoscopes, which were generously provided by The Buster Foundation and many alumni donors. I’d like to extend a very special thank you to all alumni who sponsored a student’s stethoscope this year.
Additionally, an updated curriculum is being designed and implemented at Weill Cornell. The new curriculum will help bring the latest innovations into our classrooms to ensure that Weill Cornell continues to produce some of our nation’s top doctors. It has been exciting to see all of the changes to medical education since my time at Weill Cornell.
I am happy to say that alumni remain generous supporters of the Medical College, especially in the area of scholarship. Our medical students will incur, on average, more than $160,000 in debt upon graduation. This is lower than the national average, but still a daunting number. To find out more information about the various giving opportunities at Weill Cornell or to join the Dean’s Circle, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (646) 317-7419.
We have started planning for Reunion 2014, which will take place from October 10-11, 2014. The theme is “The Evolution of Medical Education,” which coincides perfectly with the new curriculum redesign. The weekend promises to be a great one and I look forward to seeing the extended Weill Cornell family, so be sure to mark the date on your calendar!
We look forward to the new and exciting initiatives and increased research opportunities in the year ahead. Through these developments, alumni will continue to play a welcome and valuable role in the continued growth of our medical school.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the Alumni Association, the Medical College, and our students.
R. Ernest Sosa, M.D. ’78
President, WCMC Alumni Association