I may be biased – but Weill Cornell Medicine’s students are among the best. They enter medical or graduate school with an array of accomplishments already under their belts, then they train with world-class physicians and scientists at an institution ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report.
I am thrilled to announce a transformative new scholarship program that will eliminate medical education debt for all students who qualify for financial aid. The game-changing new financial aid program expands Weill Cornell Medicine’s scholarship offerings to provide debt-free education to all medical students with demonstrated financial need beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year and then every year thereafter.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to provide our patients with the most comprehensive, evidence-based care and to train the next generation of physicians and scientists to be leaders in healthcare and biomedical investigation. We are always striving toward a fundamental goal: to improve health.
Weill Cornell Medicine is a global institution with many partnerships in New York and around the world. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, it extends its mission to care, discover, and teach on an international scale. Students, trainees, and faculty foster positive change by exchanging knowledge and skills across cultures and by helping to build capacity in emerging and resource-poor countries.
At a meeting of our Board of Overseers on September 26, followed by a community Town Hall meeting on October 1, I was pleased to present the working plan for our institutional vision for the next decade. This working plan articulates key goals and objectives for Weill Cornell Medicine over the next five to ten years and encompasses our entire mission as an academic medical institution.
Medical schools around the country, including Weill Cornell Medicine, are concerned about the rising costs of medical education and have implemented a variety of measures over the years aimed at reducing or eliminating debt. The goal of these initiatives is keep medical education accessible to a talented and diverse body of students, while ensuring that young physicians are able to pursue productive and fulfilling careers, across a range of specialties, without undue financial strain.
This year is the 120th anniversary of the founding of Weill Cornell Medicine. Throughout our rich and varied history, the art and science of medicine, the principles of scientific investigation, and the nuances of teaching have been passed down from one generation of physicians and scientists to another.
My first year as dean—technically my first 348 days—has been both intense and invigorating. Together we are successfully ensuring that the work of Weill Cornell Medicine—its commitment to compassionate care, academic scholarship, and teaching excellence—continues stronger than ever before. With an exceptionally knowledgeable and dedicated senior leadership team in place, we are moving forward across our mission, developing our next strategic plan, and readying ourselves to face the challenges that lie ahead.