Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni
WCMC Alumni Association President's Report
Dear fellow alumni:
I am pleased to be writing my first letter as President of your Alumni Association. As 2013 begins, we look back at what has been a very exciting time for Weill Cornell Medical College.
Over the past year, Dr. Laurie Glimcher, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, has immersed herself into the many exciting and innovative developments happening at Weill Cornell Medical College, while crafting her vision to position the Medical College as one of the world's leading academic medical centers. She is enthusiastic to strengthen biomedical research on campus and her continued support in this area of growth is evident.
In August we welcomed the Class of 2016 to York Avenue. The 101 incoming students received their white coats and stethoscopes at the annual White Coat Ceremony and have been hard at work since. As always, we thank the Buster Foundation for its support of this ceremony, which has become a tradition at Weill Cornell, and its continued funding of the Paul F. Miskovitz, M.D. ’75 Stethoscope Initiative, which generously provides students with their first stethoscope.
During the weekend of October 19-20, over 400 alumni and guests gathered in New York for Reunion 2012. In addition to reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, meeting current students, and touring Weill Cornell’s facilities, alumni had the opportunity to meet Dean Laurie Glimcher and hear from Cornell University President, Dr. David J. Skorton, who moderated a panel of alumni involved in cross-campus research initiatives. The weekend concluded with a Gala Dinner Dance at Cipriani 42nd Street, where we reminisced on “old times” and discussed the exciting changes currently taking place 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 $147,000 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 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.
Once again, thank you for your support of Weill Cornell Medical College, the Alumni Association and our students.
Best and warmest wishes,
R. Ernest Sosa, M.D. ’78
President, WCMC Alumni Association