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.
Last year, 51 medical students at WCM had international experiences, including two who pursued yearlong research projects. New partnerships were established with the University of Zaragoza in Spain, Yonsei University in South Korea, the National University of Singapore, and the National Taiwan University Medical School, expanding the options for study abroad. Many WCM students also pursued interests in global health through course electives, a career seminar series, and journal club. Through the Office of Global Health Education, a total of 155 international medical students completed clinical rotations at WCM, enriching their learning experiences with a stint in New York.
Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar has trained 335 doctors to date. Many have done residencies in the US, and an increasing number are returning to their homelands in the Gulf, becoming faculty members at our location in Qatar, and raising the quality of care in the region.
The Center for Global Health engages many members of our community interested in addressing issues of global health inequality. Its major initiatives in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, and India are celebrating milestone achievements this academic year:
Another important milestone was reached by the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. During weeklong seminars in a range of medical specialties, faculty members share the latest medical advances with physicians practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and other countries in transition. Nearly 22,000 doctors have been trained in 666 seminars during the first 25 years of the program, which now involves several other academic institutions in the US and Austria. Plans are to export the seminar model to Central America and other locations.
These programs represent just a sampling of the many collaborations taking place between Weill Cornell Medicine and physicians and scientists in North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Faculty members across departments are doing so much to improve health around the world through research projects, outreach missions, international conferences, exchanges, and other initiatives. I thank all of you for your commitment to advancing medicine, science, and healthcare both locally and globally. Together we are making impactful contributions that will define our world and the health of populations to come.
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs