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WCCC and Weill Cornell Imaging at NYP hold free mammography event in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) teamed up with Weill Cornell Imaging at NYP (WCINYP) to offer free mammograms and breast cancer prevention education to uninsured New Yorkers on Sunday October 28th, 2013. The event continues the spirit of strong collaboration between WCINYP, a radiology practice that is a joint venture between NYP and WCMC, and the WCCC, a student-run free clinic operated by WCMC students and overseen by WCMC faculty.

During the course of the year, WCINYP generously provides radiologic examinations at no cost to WCCC patients, which, in turn, allows the WCCC to deliver comprehensive primary care to its patients while keeping its costs low.

This year’s inaugural free mammography event as part of October—National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—lays a strong foundation for similar events in future years. The WCCC and WCINYP plan to expand the patient base for next year’s event to include patients from other student-run free clinics throughout the city. The collaborative work between the WCCC and WCINYP will continue to provide uninsured New Yorkers with access to excellent medical care at no cost or low cost.

Clinic Transitions

The Weill Cornell Community Clinic welcomes Dr. Pamela Charney and Hannah Huang to its leadership team. Dr. Charney will replace Dr. Christina Harris, who has overseen the clinic as acting faculty clinical director since 2011. Ms. Huang will replace Josh Salvi as co-executive director for the clinic.

The WCCC thanks Dr. Harris for her years of devotion to the clinic. Although she joined the clinic on an interim basis, she quickly dove into the commitment with exceptional energy and commitment. She contributed immensely to patient care and student education at the WCCC and we wish her the best in her next role in Los Angeles.

Dr. Charney brings years of experience in primary care and community medicine to her role as clinical director. She will work extensively with the student clinical directors, Kaylan Christianer and Justin Schwarz, to make sure that all WCCC patients are receiving appropriate care. As the need arises, Dr. Charney will also work with other student board members to ensure that other aspects of patient care—from prescription renewals to social work matters—are handled expeditiously. Her time spent supporting the WCCC will be generously funded by the Weill Cornell Medical College. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Charney in what promises to be an era of long-term stability and increasing quality at the WCCC.

That the WCCC now finds itself in such a strong position in terms of clinic structure and finance is a testament to Josh Salvi’s outstanding success during his two and a half years as co-executive director. Beyond his flawless handling of daily and weekly clinic affairs, Josh helped run two successful fundraising campaigns that culminated in the establishment of an endowment that will serve the WCCC in perpetuity. Hannah, who was previously a referrals chair on the WCCC’s student board, takes the reins from Josh Salvi at a unique time in the clinic’s history, with funding assured for years to come and many programs well established and picking up momentum. She will join Jonathan Steinman as co-executive director to drive the clinic’s essential but behind-the-scenes functions on a weekly basis with the exciting opportunity to direct clinic services toward improvement and expansion.

WCCC Receives the 2013 Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service

After selection by student nomination and voting, the Offices of Student Affairs and Community Service announced the selection of TWO student groups to receive the first annual Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service. This award recognizes the collective efforts of students for outstanding contribution to the community. The winners of the 2013 Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service are:

(1) Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights: The Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) is a student­run organization that brings together volunteer physicians and Weill Cornell medical students to provide essential medical evaluations to survivors of torture, violence, and persecution who are currently seeking asylum in the United States. Since its founding in 2010, the WCCHR has evaluated over 100 cases and proudly reports a 100% success rate in the 30 asylees who completed the court process and were granted legal status. In addition to serving individuals directly, the WCCHR is helping to revolutionize how asylum cases are managed in the United States by calling attention to the important, yet often unrecognized, role of medical professionals. The WCCHR is the first medical student­run human rights clinic in the United States dedicated to providing forensic evaluations to survivors of persecution and it has been lauded as “a model for the future” by the medical asylum community.

(2) Weill Cornell Community Clinic: The primary mission of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) is to provide high quality primary health care services to uninsured New Yorkers through consultation, treatment, referral services, preventative care and screening for permanent health care insurance programs. Concurrently, the WCCC also aims to educate medical students on the medical and social issues surrounding the care of underserved populations in order to foster a sense of civic responsibility and humanitarianism. Founded in 2003, the WCCC is a student­run free clinic of Weill Cornell Medical College and provides primary care and mental health services for over 100 patients a year during over 350 patient visits.

These groups were formally recognized in a ceremony on May 28, 2013 and their names added to a plaque for public display of the collective student efforts to the community. Additionally, these initiatives will be ineligible for nomination for three years, allowing students to select additional outstanding community service initiatives in subsequent years.

“Without A Safety Net” Fundraiser Raises over $40,000 to Support Care of Uninsured New Yorkers at the Weill Cornell Community Clinic

The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) hosted more than 250 New York philanthropists on Friday, March 22 at its second annual Without A Safety Net Fundraiser, raising more than $40,000 for the care of uninsured patients in New York City. The sold-out event, which was held at the Astor Center in the historic DeVinne press building continues the WCCC’s successful fundraising tradition and will allow for the improvement and expansion of the clinic’s patient care efforts.

Funds raised from this successful event will immediately support patient care at the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, and will cover approximately 85 percent of the clinic’s annual budget.

The WCCC operates one night per week on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, providing high quality primary care, medications, and specialty referrals at little or no cost to approximately 350 uninsured patients annually. The WCCC is run entirely by Weill Cornell Medical College medical students supervised by attending faculty and physicians.

Highlights from Without a Safety Net included a silent auction of artwork from 12 up-and-coming local artists, dancing to beats mixed by DJ Alec Swinburne, and the company of other New Yorkers committed to improving healthcare for all in New York City. Guests enjoyed wines and hors d’oeuvres generously donated and prepared by Hospitality Holdings, specialty mixed drinks featuring Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and beer provided by the Brooklyn Brewery.

To learn more about Without A Safety Net or to donate to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, please visit: http://weill.cornell.edu/wccc/safetynet/

Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University's medical school located in New York City, is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine, locally, nationally and globally. Physicians and scientists of Weill Cornell Medical College are engaged in cutting-edge research from bench to bedside, aimed at unlocking mysteries of the human body in health and sickness and toward developing new treatments and prevention strategies. In its commitment to global health and education, Weill Cornell has a strong presence in places such as Qatar, Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Through the historic Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the Medical College is the first in the U.S. to offer its M.D. degree overseas. Weill Cornell is the birthplace of many medical advances -- including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer, the synthesis of penicillin, the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S., the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, and most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. Weill Cornell Medical College is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Medical College is also affiliated with the Methodist Hospital in Houston. For more information, visit weill.cornell.edu.

Sold-out Without a Safety Net Art Benefit Raises Over $25,000 for the WCCC

The Weill Cornell Community Clinic, which provides free, high-quality and equitable healthcare for uninsured, low-income New Yorkers, held its first annual benefit on Friday, January 27, 2012 at The Astor Center in NoHo.

The event which featured a juried silent auction of artwork created around the theme of “Without a Safety Net,” raised over $25,000 for the clinic, which is run by medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College.

“We wanted to raise awareness about issues faced by the uninsured while also raising funds for our clinic,” said Ximena Levander, a fourth-year medical student and co-director of the clinic. “The clinic is often our patients’ only option for affordable healthcare when they have nowhere to turn.”

The art for the event was curated by Elissa Iberti, an artist and independent curator, and featured pieces donated by 15 different artists, many of whom were in attendance, along with a screening of Fly-By-Night Dance Theater's "Apollo & Dafne." The artwork raised $5,000 for the clinic.

Tickets sold out days in advance and attendees enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres donated by Hospitality Holdings with music provided by Fataah Dilaan of Arcade44.tv.

“There is no such thing as a free clinic,” said Dr. Patricia Yarberry-Allen, Faculty Advisory Board member and Women’s Health Clinic physician for the community clinic who provided guidance for the benefit. Dr. Allen is Director of the New York Menopause Center, President and Publisher of Women’s Voice for Change, and Clinical Instructor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “We needed to create an annual fundraising event to support the clinic’s mission. Now WCCC has a template for a successful annual event.”

“Proceeds from this benefit will pay for nearly 6 months of patient care,” said Megan Riddle, an MD-PhD student and co-director of the clinic. “That makes a big difference – both in the lives of our patients and in the lives of students who learn about the challenges of caring for the uninsured by volunteering with the clinic.”

Dr. Anne Kastor appointed as Director of WCCC

We are very excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Anne Kastor as Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic.

Dr. Kastor joined WCMC in 2009, having received her BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MD degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, after which she has held several academic appointments at Touro University College of Medicine (Academy of Medical Educators), State University of New York Downstate, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Kastor has provided oversight for several outpatient and primary care sites and has had previous administrative experience in providing faculty leadership for the Brooklyn Free Clinic, a free primary care clinic organized by SUNY Downstate health professions students.

We sincerely welcome Dr. Kastor and look forward to her leadership as we pursue our clinical and educational missions.

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