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Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Medical School

Mailing Address
418 E 71st Street #21
New York, New York 10021
Phone
(212) 746-1450
School Information
"Weill Cornell Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences are committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care, and the advancement of the art and science of medicine. To this end, our mission is to provide the finest education possible for medical students and students pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences, to contribute to the lifelong education of physicians throughout their careers, to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge, to improve the healthcare of the nation and the world both now and for future generations, and to provide the highest quality of clinical care for the communities we serve. Success in any of these areas contributes to success in the others." The school employs 1,901 full-time faculty and enrolls 439 medical students. (Source: https://medicaleducation.weill.cornell.edu/about-us/medical-education-program-mission) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/cornell-university-04071)
General Information
Weill Medical College of Cornell University’s dean announced, “All faculty and staff will be required to complete anti-bias training within the next 90 days and on an annual basis. This 30-minute, web-based program will be released within the next few weeks. The training will provide all of us with the tools to recognize biases within ourselves and identify how they may affect our actions. It is an important step that will enable us to better understand each other’s perspectives and work toward combatting prejudice within our community.” Medical Education actively engaged “the Anti-Racism Student Task Force, student body, teaching faculty, and staff in moving forward on multiple initiatives. We will introduce additional educational content related to racism, social injustice, and social determinants of health into the medical curriculum, and enhance academic support services for all students this coming academic year. We are also planning new and expanded opportunities for students to support and advocate for communities and patients who are vulnerable to social inequities.” See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • In April 2021, the school announced on Facebook: "The Black Lives Matter protest last summer pushed forward the need to address systemic racism in academic medicine. In response, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) reviewed the structures in place and listened to student voices to find new initiatives that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in biomedical sciences. One of the anti-racism initiatives launched last year is the Social Justice and Anti-racism Task Force (SJAR). Commissioned by WCGS Dean Barbara Hempstead and led by faculty and student leaders, SJAR’s mission is to promote the success and proportional representation of researchers and clinicians from underrepresented minorities at every level."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Graduate School of Medical Sciences’ Social Justice and Anti-Racism (SJAR) Task Force’s Social Justice Working Group will “Identify, implement, and evaluate anti-racism education for students and faculty. Gather feedback on new unconscious bias training.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Medical Education actively engaged “the Anti-Racism Student Task Force, student body, teaching faculty, and staff in moving forward on multiple initiatives. We will introduce additional educational content related to racism, social injustice, and social determinants of health into the medical curriculum, and enhance academic support services for all students this coming academic year. We are also planning new and expanded opportunities for students to support and advocate for communities and patients who are vulnerable to social inequities.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school launched “a new Trainer-Learner Committee to investigate, track, and document issues of student mistreatment, including incidents of racial microaggressions.”
  • The Graduate School of Medical Sciences’ Social Justice and Anti-Racism (SJAR) Task Force’s Social Justice Working Group will “Evaluate Current reporting mechanisms for mistreatment and increase visibility for the options.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school’s dean announced, “All faculty and staff will be required to complete anti-bias training within the next 90 days and on an annual basis. This 30-minute, web-based program will be released within the next few weeks. The training will provide all of us with the tools to recognize biases within ourselves and identify how they may affect our actions. It is an important step that will enable us to better understand each other’s perspectives and work toward combatting prejudice within our community.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The school announced on Facebook in June 2020: "Juneteenth is now officially an institutional holiday for Weill Cornell Medicine. As we strive for social justice for Black Americans and an end to systemic racism, it is especially critical to pause on Juneteenth to reflect on how we, as individuals and as a society, can contribute to meaningful change in our country. We encourage you to set aside time tomorrow to reflect on recent events and connect with family, friends, and colleagues. More broadly, you can show solidarity by marching, voting, donating, or pledging your advocacy in support of the many Black organizations fighting for equity.
  • On June 5, 2020, the Facebook page posted: "Last night, WCM students and faculty held an online rally, "Conversations on Black: Impacts on Structural Racism on Blacks in America and WCM," during which students spoke out against structural racism in all of its forms and its impacts, including upon social determinants of health (SDH). Students ​strongly advocated for enhanced social justice and SDH education. The students called for greater attention and accountability to episodes of unconscious bias and its lasting harms and an increase in diversity of teaching faculty."
Program and Research Funding
  • Weill's Facebook page announced in December 2021: "Louise and Leonard Riggio have gifted $5.6 million to Weill Cornell Medicine to establish a named scholarship for medical students with financial need who are Black. This scholarship is an expansion of the debt-free medical education program. The Riggio scholarship replaces that portion of the scholarship package that the student would receive regardless of race and increases the pool of funds available for eligible medical students, which benefits #WCM students with financial need."
Resources
  • The school’s dean encouraged “all department chairs and administrative department leaders to host in-person workshops focused on anti-racism, diversity, and creating a sense of belonging. The Human Resources Office of Staff Equity and Inclusion is available to help our chairs and leaders create customized sessions for their faculty, staff, and trainees. One such workshop, entitled ‘Departmental Conversations: Racism, Injustice and Driving Meaningful Change,’ was just announced and is available upon request.”
  • The Graduate School of Medical Sciences’ Social Justice and Anti-Racism (SJAR) Task Force’s Safe Space and Open Dialogue Working Group will be “Creating a Virtual Safe Space,” “Providing a Library of Resources to facilitate Open Dialogue and Grassroot Activism,” and “Organizing Open Dialogue Events.”
  • The Graduate School of Medical Sciences’ Social Justice and Anti-Racism (SJAR) Task Force held several events, such as “Open Dialogue on Systemic Racism in America.”
  • The school’s Student Life division hosted a “How to Be an Anti-Racist Book Club” event, on Ibram. X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist.”
  • The school’s Wood Library offers an “Antiracism, Diversity, and Inclusion in Medicine” resource guide, which includes Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The school appointed “an administrative director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, who will help to coordinate, consolidate, and oversee its many programs and functions.”
  • On July 13, 2020, a neuroscientist at Weill tweeted: "Now that Diversity townhalls have gone into summer hiatus, it's even more crucial we keep anti-racist discussions alive. This week @WeillCornell we'll have an in-depth and structured discussion on institutionalized racism in the US & how these covert forces influence our views."
  • On April 20, 2021, @WeillCornell tweeted: "Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual #WCMDiversityWeek! Join us in celebrating the latest scholarships and initiatives related to equity and addressing the needs of diverse populations, anti-racism and social justice. See the full schedule of events: https://bit.ly/3aojiKw"
  • The school has set up a Twitter account for its Diversity & Inclusion Department. On May 3, 2021, @wcmdiversity tweeted: "Save the Date! May 7th at 5:30PM - The SOS (Safe space & Open dialogue for Social justice) Group invites our @WeillCornell community members to join the SOS Safe Space Gathering - India COVID Crisis Support."
  • Weill and Cornell also collaborate on another Twitter account, @cornellCHEQ, The Cornell Center for Health Equity. Its bio reads, "#CCHEq is a university-wide initiative bridging @WeillCornell and @Cornell campuses. #HealthEquity"
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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