Commencement is traditionally a time of new beginnings for graduates. Earlier this month, Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar celebrated its fourteenth class of doctors, consisting of 41 individuals from 13 countries around the world. On Thursday, May 20 at 12 pm, we are delighted to cheer on our newest doctors, researchers, physician assistants, and healthcare leaders in New York at our Virtual Commencement Ceremony (livestreamed at https://weill.cornell.edu/graduation-2021).
We are so proud of all of our students for their hard work and accomplishments throughout their time at Weill Cornell Medicine, and especially for their extraordinary flexibility and resilience during the pandemic. As our newest alumni embark on the next phase of their careers, there are so many opportunities for them to have an impact. Caring for patients, striving for equity in healthcare, researching ways to advance medicine, and strengthening our system of healthcare delivery are so important, now more than ever.
This May is also a time of transition for all members of our community, as we start to imagine life after the pandemic. We have come a long way since the word “coronavirus” first entered our common vocabulary, and we should feel a sense of pride and optimism about where we are now. With our collaborative culture, spirit, and grit, Weill Cornell Medicine is closing out the academic year in a strong position, and we have found innovative ways to address the challenges of recent months.
Here are a few examples:
Looking forward, I am extremely excited about the fundraising campaign for Weill Cornell Medicine that we will be launching in June, as part of an overall Cornell University campaign. Our institution is poised to accelerate efforts in patient care, research, and education, and the campaign will enhance opportunities for us to maximize our impact on science, medical technology, and healthcare. Stay tuned for more information soon!
While there is still much to do to tame the global COVID-19 pandemic, I am confident that with your continued leadership and dedication, we will get through to the other side of the tunnel. Thank you so much for all your contributions to Weill Cornell Medicine and to our communities, especially during this time.
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs