Program Dates: June 21, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Deadline Date: February 1, 2021
The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician's daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Shadowing physicians provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the summer program receive information on the medical school admissions process, and counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package.
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Elizabeth A. Wilson-Anstey, M.A., Ed.D
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life
Director, Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program
Weill Cornell Medicine
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.