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Message from the Senior Associate Dean

Barbara Hempstead

Dr. Hempstead, Senior Associate Dean (Education)

Welcome to the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) Medical Education Program. Our institution is proud to provide talented medical students who come from diverse backgrounds with a robust, comprehensive medical education that will serve them well in whatever field of medicine they choose to pursue.

In August 2014, Weill Cornell Medical College launched an innovative new curriculum, centered on three themes: The Scientific Basis of Medicine, Patient Care, and Physicianship. Our program features an enhanced integration of foundational sciences and clinical activities, and teaches medical students to “think like physicians” from day one. Students also participate in the Areas of Concentration program and select an area of research which culminates in a Scholarly Project.

Medical student clinical experiences take place at outpatient practice settings, and at medical centers including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and at various academic, municipal and community hospitals in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Through extramural programs and intramural work-study projects on campus, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center provide a plethora of research opportunities to enrich the educational experiences of our medical students. Extracurricular experiences in global health, community service, the Weill Cornell Community Clinic and the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights provide substantive opportunities for service learning.

We take great pride in the excellence of our educational program. Nonetheless, we must continue to improve our curriculum, meet new curricular competencies for the practice of medicine and medical research in the 21st century, and enrich our educational environment even further to ensure that our graduates are superbly suited to meet the demands of the future healthcare and scientific workforce. We look forward to engaging faculty and students as an important part of this effort, and sharing in our celebrations of success in the future.

Barbara Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean (Education)

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