As New York City progresses on its path of recovery, slowly but surely, Weill Cornell Medicine is also moving forward in its mission to care, discover, and teach. One area that we are emphasizing to an even greater extent now is anti-racism and social justice.
I firmly believe that we will emerge from this battle wiser and stronger than before, and that our COVID-related work at Weill Cornell Medicine will only enhance the ways we approach research, patient care, and education down the road. As we move forward, however, we must reflect on the lessons COVID has taught us, so we can do everything possible to ensure that the next generation of physician-scientists is able to mobilize as quickly and effectively as we did against any impending health crisis that endangers our community, our nation, and the world.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we join others around the world in condemning race-related violence and police brutality. Now, more than ever, we stand in solidarity with the black and brown communities who face marginalization and microaggressions every single day.
Our faculty, staff, and students have been resilient and flexible throughout these extraordinary times. Our healthcare workers on the front lines of care have inspired us with their courage, and we’ve tried to support them in any way we can, even by simply staying at home and cheering them in the evenings.
I may be biased – but Weill Cornell Medicine’s students are among the best. They enter medical or graduate school with an array of accomplishments already under their belts, then they train with world-class physicians and scientists at an institution ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report.
I am thrilled to announce a transformative new scholarship program that will eliminate medical education debt for all students who qualify for financial aid. The game-changing new financial aid program expands Weill Cornell Medicine’s scholarship offerings to provide debt-free education to all medical students with demonstrated financial need beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year and then every year thereafter.