This decade certainly started out differently than we all predicted. Like many of you, I’m looking forward to the start of a new year and am eager to have 2020 in the rearview mirror. Of course, we’ll still be contending with a global pandemic, the country’s overdue reckoning with racial injustice, and an economic crisis. Yet the ritual of watching the clock tick down to midnight will be especially welcome this December 31 – a mental reset after some very demanding months.
Weill Cornell Medicine has accomplished quite a bit in 2020, despite—and because of—the very serious challenges we’ve faced. And I’m optimistic that the grit, resolve, and ingenuity we’ve already shown, as individuals and as a community, will get us through this tough period of time. They’ll also leave their mark, shaping the culture of our institution and our society for years to come.
Although it may not be as easy to find reasons to be grateful in times like these, there are still some very good ones to choose from this holiday season at Weill Cornell Medicine:
This holiday season will be unique, to say the least, but it is still a time to be thankful for what we have. I count myself incalculably lucky to be part of the Weill Cornell Medicine community and to have the privilege of working with such talented and collegial individuals. Together we’re making a positive impact on academic medicine, healthcare, and the lives of our patients. Thank you so much for everything you do.
Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and all the best in the New Year.
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs