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.
During the past several months, our country has seen dramatic shifts in policy and witnessed events that have deeply challenged our communities. Especially at this time, it is essential that we reaffirm--with frequency and conviction--our commitment to diversity, science, and the pursuit of knowledge. We stand by all members of our talented and wide-ranging Weill Cornell Medicine family, who hail from all corners of the world and are united in our desire to understand disease and improve human health.
Research is a core component of our mission. Foundational discovery, translational studies that bring laboratory breakthroughs to the patient, clinical research, and clinical trials are all essential activities at Weill Cornell Medicine that must continue to be supported.
Mentoring has been very important to me throughout my career and is one of my top priorities as dean. By fostering a vigorous and dynamic culture of mentorship throughout Weill Cornell Medicine, I believe that we can break through into the national arena as a triple-threat institution--at an even higher level than where we currently stand.
Science is not a partisan activity. However, in light of debates currently taking place in the national arena, I wanted to acknowledge the concerns that many of you have regarding federal funding for medical research. As your dean and as a recipient of government research grants myself, I share your unease.
The past six weeks since being named dean of this great institution have been exhilarating. I have been meeting extensively with Overseers, senior administration, faculty, staff, students, and partners and learning even more about the many different ways we are working collaboratively to advance Weill Cornell Medicine's mission. I am continually struck by the passion and commitment of members of our community working across fields and departments, and I thank all of you for your support, your feedback, and your enthusiasm in helping Weill Cornell Medicine attain even greater heights of excellence.