Policy and Advocacy

Health Equity Fund

The Health Equity Committee is a student-led MSEC subcommittee that provides additional resources to help medical students implement novel projects centered on health equity in domestic and international settings. The HEC oversees three main functions:

  • Project Feedback
    The Committee reviews project proposals for feasibility and provides constructive feedback on project structure and potential untapped resources.

  • Health Equity Fund
    Proposals can also be considered for a grant from the Committee’s Health Equity Fund (HEF).

  • Funding Guidance
    Should the proposal be ineligible for a HEF grant, the Committee will provide guidance on seeking alternative sources of funding.

Global Health

The Global Health Curriculum prepares Weill Cornell medical students to be future leaders in global health through a longitudinal program featuring didactic course work, experiential learning, and a mentored pathway for engaging with resource–poor communities, internationally and domestically. Students and faculty consider the program, now beginning its fifth year, a success. It has been named one of Weill Cornell’s top strengths in a LCME report to the dean and has been used as a model in the medical college’s curriculum reform process.

The Global Health Grand Rounds is a monthly public lecture series open to the Weill Cornell, New York–Presbyterian Hospital and New York City communities. It serves as a platform for debate and dialogue on contemporary global health challenges. Following the public lecture, the Global Health Grand Rounds committee invites the speaker to a reception and informal discussion that is only open to medical students, residents, and select faculty. The post–lecture reception is intended to be an opportunity for students to discuss global health career development directly with important global health practitioners.

Medical Students for Choice/Reproductive Health Initiative

Medical Students for Choice/Reproductive Health Initiative is a student–led organization dedicated to increasing medical students’ education and awareness regarding current issues in reproductive health through shadowing opportunities, movie screenings, hands–on workshops, and educational lectures on all areas of reproductive health (i.e. pregnancy, perinatology, abortion medicine, and IVF). As future practitioners, they are committed to ensuring that they and their peers are prepared to provide patients with the full range of reproductive health care choices.

Medical Students for Public Health

Medical Students for Public Health (MSPH) is a medical student interest group at Weill Cornell Medical College that aims to promote awareness and discussion of critical issues in public health within the medical community. MSPH invites several speakers each year to present on a variety of pertinent topics in public health, and also provides resources to students looking to pursue opportunities and education in public health. MSPH aims to further close the knowledge gap between medicine and public health, and to stimulate interest in public health issues within the medical community.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

Physicians for Human Rights is an independent, national organization that advocates for victims of human rights violations and mass atrocities through medicine and science. The student chapter at WCMC provides a forum for education of PHR’s successes and provides students the information and tools to become human rights advocates. Past events include guest lectures by representatives from PHR, including the former CEO and a leader of PHR Israel, career lecture series, film screenings, and educational outreach.

Physicians for a National Health Program

We represent the Cornell chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a national organization. The group advocates for a single–payer system to be introduced replacing the current health insurance system run by multiple payers. The Cornell chapter has events where there are talks regarding a single–payer system and health insurance in general, such explaining how a single–payer system could help provide insurance to the millions of uninsured people in America. In addition, the chapter coordinates with the state and national organizations to join events such as lobbying and rallies.

Social Justice in Medicine

Social Justice in Medicine is an organization open to all students that provides education and critical analysis of the interrelationship between human rights and medicine. Specifically, SJM uses popular literature, news, and film as inspiration for topics of discussion and analysis.

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