National Mentoring Month

To: WCM Community

Happy 2019!  As we kick off an exciting new year, I am pleased to note that January is National Mentoring Month (#NationalMentoringMonth).  This national campaign focuses attention on the importance of mentoring, the need for mentors, and the ability of each of us to have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Weill Cornell Medicine is celebrating National Mentoring Month on social media by highlighting how mentorship has made an impact on the careers of faculty and students.  Follow the Mentoring Academy on Twitter (@WCMMentoring), tweet about how mentoring has helped you in your career, and share a photo of yourself with a mentor or mentee.

Mentorship is just as fulfilling at this point in my career as it was when I started in research and medicine.  And I’m incredibly proud to be part of an institution that is continually strengthening its commitment to mentorship.  In addition to longstanding initiatives, such as summer training programs for minority undergraduates interested in the medical sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine is developing an increasingly robust portfolio of programs to advance the careers of physicians and scientists.

Several new initiatives are launching this winter under the auspices of the Mentoring Academy.  These include:

  • The Leadership Development Speaker Series, a monthly forum featuring executives and mentors from healthcare, business, law, the military, and academic medicine.  Several members of our board will be giving talks this year, and I am honored to be participating on January 17 at 1:00 pm in Uris Auditorium and sharing my personal story and views of mentoring.
  • Mentoring Lunches, which will provide small groups of faculty with the opportunity to interact with senior academic leaders at Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Mentoring Chats with the Dean, a monthly venue for early-career faculty to meet colleagues from other departments and share interests.

For more information on these and other mentoring opportunities, please contact the Mentoring Academy at

As we progress through National Mentoring Month and on into 2019, I encourage you to find new ways to mentor, forge connections, and share your knowledge with diverse peers and colleagues.  I believe that building a dynamic culture of mentorship is essential to the ongoing success of Weill Cornell Medicine and am confident that together we can take our efforts to the next level.


Augustine M.K. Choi, MD

Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs
Cornell University