Student Diversity Activities

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

American Medical Women’s Association is a national organization devoted to the concerns of women in medicine. It helps to address issues facing these women, both by providing a support group for them and by addressing social and political issues. As a student chapter, their goal is to serve this function for the community as well as to increase awareness of all Weill Cornell students concerning women’s health issues on a city level. Members attend regional and national meetings where they would hear different speakers and participate in discussion and workshops, film screenings, community outreach, forums, and discussion groups.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization with the purpose of engaging medical students in the health of the Asian– and Pacific Islander–American community. Our chapter at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) organizes educational, community–oriented, and social activities which are open to all members of the WCMC community, addressing current health issues specific to the population in question such as health disparity and awareness. Membership in our chapter is open to all WCMC medical students interested in Asian- and Pacific Islander–American health.

Christian Medical Fellowship

We are Weill Cornell’s Christian organization on campus. As it stands, we host Bible studies and outings. We are part of InterMed, a network of medical school Christian fellowships in NYC.

Jewish Students of Cornell

JOSC is a student group devoted to the celebration of Jewish culture. Most recent events include soiree in the sukkah with pizza and Hanukkah happenings with gourmet latkes. Additionally we have facilitated tickets to High Holy Day (i.e. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) services and serve as a liaison to opportunities in the New York Jewish community.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is devoted to community service and improving the health of the Latino community. Some of the short–term goals of the organization include: increasing recruitment and admission of Latinos into the health professions; educating LMSA members in areas of concern to Latino communities, which may not be included in the traditional medical curriculum; and involving the community for the purpose of strengthening working relationships as a means of mutual education. Its efforts to promote the recruitment of Latinos into the medical field and to support those already in the field are varied. In conjunction with the Students for Equal Opportunities in Medicine and Student National Medical Association, members of LMSA assist in organizing the Annual Regional Pre–medical Conference and the Students Revisit Weekend. Students also give tours, help with presentations, and discuss projects for the Minority Visiting Professor Program. Along with the aforementioned events, this past academic year LMSA hosted cultural dinners, participated in the Diabetes Walk, and held a screening of Latino in America.

Chapter President: Raul Martinez-McFarline,
Chapter Vice President: Cindy Parra,

Chapter Contact Information:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Office of Student Affairs
c/o Latino Medical Student Association
445 East 69th Street, Room 110
New York, NY 10021

National Contact Information:
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
Hispanic Center of Excellence
990 College of Medicine East
808 South Wood Street (M/C 591)
Chicago, IL 60612

Muslim Medical Student Association (MMSA)

The newly founded Muslim Medical Students Association is dedicated to providing a safe space for anyone to come and practice their spirituality or learn more about Islam. It is no secret that medical school can be a busy and isolating environment––and in New York City, no less. The MMSA is here to foster a nurturing community of students where we can develop our Islam and connect to others while doing so. All are welcome, especially our guests from WCMC–Qatar.

Q! – Cornell LGBT People in Medicine

"Q!" is WCMC’s student group devoted to exploring LGBT issues in medicine. This includes creating and fostering an open and accepting environment for LGBT students at WCMC, as well as holding events that provide forums for discussion of sexual orientation and identity in the medical context. The group organizes educational events (i.e. lectures, physician panels, movie nights) and has also worked with the school administration both to increase LGBT visibility and to incorporate lectures on LGBT health issues in the curriculum. Recent initiatives sponsored by the group include series on transgender health, LGBT suicide, LGBT adolescent health, and HIV/AIDS. Q! also holds regular social events, beginning with a reception at each year’s Accepted Students Weekend and continuing with mixers, including some co–hosted with other med schools in NYC, throughout a student’s four years at Cornell. Q! is open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and encourages all interested students to be involved in its events.

Qatar-NYC Liaison

The Qatar Liaison Group partners with the Admissions Office to strengthen the connection between medical students at Weill Cornell in New York City and those in Qatar. The group plans social events to welcome students from the Qatar campus staying in New York and to foster communication among students between the campuses.

Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine (SEOM)

Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine is the umbrella organization for historically underrepresented minority student groups at Weill Cornell. It currently recognizes local chapters of SNMA and LMSA. The organization primarily functions to support minority students at WCMC, coordinates the Annual Regional Pre–medical Conference along with LMSA and SNMA, host underrepresented minorities when they are interviewing at Weill Cornell and during the Revisit Weekend, and coordinate social and networking events during the Revisit Weekend and throughout the school year.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The members of SNMA, the nation’s oldest and largest organization focusing on the needs and concerns of medical students of color, are particularly active in community service. Many of the service initiatives are designed to: increase awareness of the medical profession in the minority community; encourage minority student interest in pursuing careers in medicine; provide social contacts with medical students; and provide exposure to science research. These outreach initiatives were discussed in the following community service projects: Cornell Kids; HPREP; MAPS; SMEP; WCYSP; and Annual Regional Pre-Medical Conference.

The SNMA was established to serve the needs of the minority medical student and to produce an increasing number of minority physicians. In addition, the SNMA serves as a gateway of positive interaction with young minority students interested in a career in science and/or medicine. We are the future doctors of tomorrow and, as such, we have an obligation to serve as a resource for our communities.

Since 1974, Weill Cornell has fostered the educational pursuits of minority students interested in a career in medicine. Currently, Weill Cornell Medical College boasts a record of graduating over 400 minority physicians with numbers still rising. In addition, eighteen percent of our student body consists of underrepresented minorities as designated by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This percentage is among the highest in the nation as well as in New York State. Weill Cornell has a reputation of embracing medical students from many different walks of life and strives to diversify its student population in order to reflect the changing healthcare system.

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

The MAPS organization is nationally implemented by SNMA. Through the MAPS protocol, SNMA members act as mentors to undergraduates during their four years of college in efforts to increase the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities. Over the past two years, the Cornell chapter of MAPS has been working with the Hunter College chapter by co-sponsoring events. It hosted a mixer to introduce the mentees to their mentors, volunteered at the Settlement Health Fair, and one-on-one events between mentor and mentee. Please contact Jessica Clemons at for further information

Chapter President: Carlos Green,
Chapter Vice President: Chioma Enweasor,

Chapter Contact Information:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Office of Student Affairs
c/o Student National Medical Association
445 East 69th Street, Room 110
New York, NY 10021

National Contact Information:
SNMA National Office
1012 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-1616 phone
(202) 371-5675 fax

Women in Medicine

The Weill Cornell Medical College’s Women in Medicine student group acts to promote the goals and opportunities of the National American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), which are to promote the advancement of women in medicine as well as improve women’s health. As a new student group at WCMC, AMWA will aim to establish goals unique to the WCMC by attracting a large and active membership. Ultimately, AMWA will aim to inspire, encourage, and enable women medical students realize their professional and personal goals through programming such as forums, discussion groups, regional conference, community outreach and a fundraiser gala.

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