Diversity Organizations

Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)

The Weill Cornell Medical College chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association is a group that was formed to address the needs of the Asian American community at WCMC and beyond. The activities and interests of the group encompass the areas of community service, cultural and social events, and issues affecting the Asian American community. Despite limitations due to COVID-19, we hope to continue events in the fall semester in an in-person format while adhering to proper social distancing policies. We also hope to invite people from WCM and other local organizations to speak on issues affecting Asian Americans including mental health, immigration and healthcare access. In addition to opportunities for mentorship, learning and community building, members will have the opportunity to attend APAMSA’s national meetings which are held in the fall and spring of each year. All are invited to participate and join for events throughout the year!

Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS)

Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native physicians and medical students are largely underrepresented in today’s workforce and suffer from major health and healthcare disparities.  In addition, many physicians know little about Native culture and beliefs which can heavily impact care. The Association of Native American Medical Students hopes to build a supportive community on campus, work closely with WCM diversity initiatives to help recruit more Native medical students, raise awareness about the many health issues tribes face, as well as expose students to Native culture, traditions, and history.

Learn more: https://www.anamstudents.org/

Black and Latino Men in Medicine (BLMiM)

Black and Latino Men in Medicine was founded at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center as a network of physicians, scientists, medical students, and post-graduate trainees to raise awareness of the myriad of issues involved in the precipitous decline of Black and Latino men in healthcare, medicine, and science. Through networking, program development, and community engagement, BLMiM seeks to support and provide mentorship for Black and Latino men interested in medicine/science, while advocating for effective and sustainable solutions to combat this national crisis.

Jewish Students Organization of Cornell (JSOC)

The Jewish Students Organization of Cornell (JSOC) is dedicated to celebrating Jewish culture and strengthening the Jewish community at Weill Cornell. JSOC hosts communal Shabbat dinners (both catered and potluck!), as well as celebrations for Chanukah, Purim, Lag Ba’Omer, and other Jewish festivities. Additionally, JSOC connects Weill Cornell students to opportunities and resources throughout New York’s Jewish Community.  

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is for all Latinx students at WCM to share in a tightknit community of peers and mentors across all levels of academia. Our mission is to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. We also provide collaborations with the Medical Spanish program, hangouts/cultural events, opportunities for regional and national conference travel, academic scholarships, policy writing workshops, and research awards. 

Middle Eastern and North African Student Association (MENASA)

The Middle Eastern and North African Student Association hopes to provide a community for Middle Eastern and North African students at WCM. By holding events to celebrate MENA culture, we hope to both provide an avenue for MENA students to meet one another and expose the WCM community to MENA culture and traditions. 

Muslim Students Association of Weill (MSAW)

The Muslim Students Association of Weill is a group for Muslim and non-Muslim students, who wish to explore Islam, learn more about it, and interact with other health professional students who may share similar drives and challenges. The climate of the world today is a scary one and now, more so than ever, communities like this are paramount to shedding light on who Muslims really are. Our activities will range from casual get-togethers to holiday celebrations to in-depth discussions about Islam as a faith, and in the context of healthcare and of the world at large. 

Q! Queer Health Alliance

Q! is a group for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ+) identifying individuals and allies to bring up issues within the medical school community, facilitate contact with LGBTQ+ faculty, provide social and professional networking opportunities in the NY region, and advocate for open dialogue with the administration about LGBTQ+ issues in the curriculum. Previous activities have included an LGBTQ medical professional panel, welcome mixers, citywide medical school, and graduate school socials, lectures about LGBTQ-related topics, social activism, and support for conference participation. 

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA)

The South Asian Medical Student Association at Weill Cornell (SAMSA) seeks to increase awareness about issues relevant to members of the South Asian community and to celebrate South Asian people and culture. We connect students with faculty and residents in the NYP-Weill Cornell network and take part in cultural events throughout New York City. 

Learn more: https://samsa.org.in/

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) addresses the issue of disparities in healthcare. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of fraternity and academic excellence on campus; to promote the dissemination of information relative to social issues in medicine; to increase recruitment, admissions, and retention of a diverse medical student body; to promote programs for disadvantaged youths to encourage their entrance into the health professions (e.g., HPREP, SMEP, and WCYSP); and to provide service to those most in need.  

Learn more: https://snma.org

Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine (SEOM)

Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine (SEOM) is the umbrella organization for the underrepresented minority student groups at Weill Cornell, which include the Association of Native American Medical Students, the Latino Medical Student Association, the Student National Medical Association, as well as the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, the South Asian Medical Student Association, Q! Queer Health Alliance, and Weill FLI. We are dedicated to eliminating disparities in health care and increasing the representation of minorities in medicine here at WCM and the broader NYC area.  

Watering My Garden (WMG)

Watering My Garden is a support group/sister circle for self-identified women of color. We host events with speakers that facilitate discussions about a wide variety of topics that intersect with medicine including but not limited to, relationships, leadership, and identity. Our goal is to provide a safe space to be in community with one another as we navigate our paths in medicine. 

WCM Christians in Medicine

WCM Christians in Medicine aims to cultivate a welcoming group for both Christians and non-Christians where we can discuss our faith in the context of pursuing medical and scientific careers.

Weill FLI

Weill FLI is a student group on campus under the umbrella of SEOM created to address the needs of the first-generation/low-income community at WCMC and beyond by providing resources, mentorship, community, and opportunities for advocacy and outreach. The aim of this group is to build a supportive network for FLI medical students on campus, serve FLI students in surrounding communities, and work closely with the administration to both advocate for first-gen low-income students as well as integrate relevant health disparity issues into the medical curriculum.

White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL)

White Coats for Black Lives serves to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of Black and Indigenous people, and other people of color. WC4BL was founded in 2014 when medical students throughout the country organized a national response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and other victims of racial violence. We aim to achieve racial justice in our communities, in our hospitals, and in medical education. 

Learn more: https://whitecoats4blacklives.org/

Women in Medicine (WIM)

Women in Medicine (WIM) seeks to bring female students and faculty members together at WCM and provide a platform for our members to communicate and address the unique challenges women face in the field of medicine. We aim to inspire, encourage, and enable female students to realize their professional and personal goals through programmings such as forums, discussion groups, regional conferences, and community outreach. In addition, as a chapter of the National American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), we support their goals to promote the advancement of women in medicine and improve women's health.

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