Program Dates: June 20, 2022 - August 5, 2022
Deadline Date: February 1, 2022
The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students meaningful insights into the field of medicine, with a focus on conditions that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved populations. By engaging in laboratory or clinical research, under the supervision of a faculty member, the TSRF participants learns how to investigate a specific research question. Participants are thereby provided with a research training experience allowing them to acquire investigative techniques that can be later applied as they pursue their medical education. The didactic curriculum has several themes. There is content delivery around common public health issues including healthcare for the under and uninsured; healthcare disparities; research basics; a financial aid presentation and practical advice from medical students on the medical school application process and preparing for the MCAT. In addition to these, participants engage with a wide variety of physicians in career panel discussions including primary care, pediatrics, neurology, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, radiology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. The highlight of the curriculum is a panel discussion populated by diversity and admissions deans from NY medical schools addressing the question “What are medical schools looking for?”
Prior to 2021, the program also provided participants with opportunities to shadow physicians thereby providing further exposure and insights into the many facets of clinical medicine.
Click here for more information on the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program.
Please note that the Summer 2022 program may be held virtually.
Joy D. Howell, M.D., FAAP, FCCM
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life
Vice Chair for Diversity in Pediatrics
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
445 East 69th Street, Room 110
New York, NY 10021
On Saturday, October 6, 2018, The Office of Student Diversity hosted the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students (T-SRF). We welcomed back all previous directors of the program: Dr. James Curtis; Dr. Bruce Ballard; Dr. Carlyle Miller, and Dr. Joseph Murray. Approximately 200 guests registered for the event, the majority being T-SRF participants. Many alumni of the medical college and members of the Weill Cornell community also participated in the day’s events. As guests entered Belfer’s Skylight Lounge for brunch, they were greeted by the sounds of Music in Medicine’s Jazz Ensemble.
The next portion of the program was held in the Uris Auditorium. There Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D. gave the Welcome address. He presented Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey with the honor of having an annual lecture during Diversity Week in her name. Dr. James L. Curtis, the first Director of the T-SRF program, was the Keynote Speaker. His topic was “Celebrating 50 Years of Affirmative Action in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine”. The program included important topics such as the Effectiveness of the T-SRF Program, 1969 – 2015; Diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine; Healthcare and Healthcare Disparities; and Social Activism, Outreach, and Awareness among Medical Students. Each former T-SRF Director was given a clock to symbolize how the T-SRF program has withstood the test of time. We closed with a beautiful rendition of “Heal our Land”sung by WCM’s very own, Ms. Sharon Brooks.
The evening was capped off by a cocktail reception in the Griffis Faculty Club. There folks were able to talk about the presentations, take photos, and make plans for future engagement with the T-SRF program. Overall the event was a great success. We look forward to more opportunities to reunite those who have benefited from the program and opportunities to share those benefits with the next generation of students coming from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.