Dear Prospective Student,
Our Graduate School of Medical Sciences was founded in 1952 on the concept that the convergence of two premier institutions—Sloan-Kettering Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College—could offer an extraordinary research and training ground for future generations of biomedical researchers. As such, the school enjoys an unmatched opportunity to help shape the pace and progress of advances in biomedical science well beyond our own campus.
Our Graduate School is also integrated within a world-class medical center. Our superb faculty is committed to providing an intellectually challenging environment and outstanding training, with mentoring as a top priority. We pride ourselves in training the future leaders in basic and translational science—scientists who will lead the way in the 21st century in identifying cures for diseases.
We invite you to browse through this web site. You will find informative and in-depth introductions to our faculty and student body as well as descriptions of our programs of study and academic requirements. You will gain a sense of the caliber of the research and teaching that are hallmarks of our graduate program, and what it may be like to study here.
As you will discover, our school is one part of the “corridor of science,” a complex of institutions extending along York Avenue between 65th and 72nd Streets on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Our unique neighborhood includes the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, which together make up our Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS); New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the Hospital for Special Surgery; and The Rockefeller University. These institutions are a scientific hub of biomedical research, scholarship, training, and patient care.
Being a member of this exclusive community, either as a graduate student or faculty member, bestows myriad benefits, foremost a fostering of scientific collaborations from a sharing of institutional resources. Our urban campus of biomedical research spans the full spectrum of biomedicine from stem cell research to translational medicine—a truly unique environment.
The WCGS faculty numbers more than 250, providing our students with one-on-one mentoring in an academically rigorous and stimulating environment.
This is an extremely exciting time in the biomedical sciences, with the genomic and proteomic revolutions in our midst. We welcome your interest and urge you to learn more about our Graduate School. Please explore our web site and immerse yourself in our virtual environment. We promise the experience will be a positive one. Please feel free to contact our faculty and staff should you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Randi B. Silver, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics