Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Sloan-Kettering Institute and The Rockefeller University, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care.
Weill Cornell Medical College is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. In addition to its affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Network. Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Weill Cornell Medical College strives for excellence via its tripartite mission of education, research and high-quality patient care. This mission resonates not only with faculty, staff and students, but most especially with the Medical College's leadership, whose expertise in their respective fields combine to shape our institution
Well into my first year as Dean, I continue to discover the greatness that is Weill Cornell Medical College. From our classrooms to our research laboratories I have experienced the remarkable energy and camaraderie that underpin a culture of collaboration and achievement at our institution.
More than 1,000 medical, graduate, and MD-PhD students at Weill Cornell train alongside our world-class physicians who provide comprehensive patient care in affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.
The scientific endeavors of Weill Cornell's faculty span an amazing range of disciplines across the research continuum. Their work is further advanced through our innovative collaborations and groundbreaking partnerships with institutions of note - from The Rockefeller University in our own neighborhood to Cornell University in Ithaca, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Texas, and as far away as our medical school in Qatar, to name just a few.
Making patients the center of everything we do at Weill Cornell is our ultimate goal, driving us to deliver the best patient care and novel therapeutics and discover better ways to fight human disease. Critical to continuing to develop these new treatments is the ability of our clinicians, translational researchers, and basic scientists to meld ideas and share discoveries. Our interdisciplinary model is the future of biomedicine and we are transforming the way that medical research is conducted.
At Weill Cornell, a solid foundation is in place to further the institution as a world-class research enterprise. Thanks to the overwhelming success of our current $1.3 billion Discoveries that Make a Difference Campaign, in 2014, we will open the Belfer Research Building, ushering in a new era in biomedical research. The building will double the Medical College's available research space and through the Research Leads to Cures initiative we will recruit some 30 top-tier physician-scientists who will become the next generation of clinical and research leaders.
Health care in this country is facing a watershed moment, and the challenges posed will require bold new ideas and a commitment to excellence. Today, we have a unique opportunity available to very few American medical colleges: to bend the curve in clinical care, graduate education and biomedical research. I am delighted to be here at this pivotal juncture in the history of Weill Cornell Medical College.
The Office of Affiliations (OA) deals with all matters pertaining to the Medical College's domestic affiliations. It has responsibility for developing and monitoring academic Affiliation Agreements and for facilitating the development of educational programs for Weill Cornell students in affiliated institutions. It is the liaison between the Medical College, the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Medical College affiliates.
OA facilitates the academic appointment process of affiliated faculty. By working closely with each Affiliate and each Department Chair, OA ensures that all new and current physicians receive and maintain appropriate appointments and promotions. OA provides individual guidance in the appointment process for the affiliates including departmental training sessions if needed. It works closely with the Office of Faculty Affairs to expedite academic appointments.
The Office of Affiliations supports affiliated faculty members, by providing advice about the academic appointment process and by connecting Medical College Course Directors with affiliated faculty. Weill Cornell's affiliates provide valuable resources for medical student education and for clinical research. OA also organizes the Weill Cornell representation on Search Committees for Departmental Chairs in affiliated institutions.
Our Years of Achievement
Weill Cornell Medical College was founded in 1898, with April 14, 1898, marking the official date. The Medical College was established and generously endowed through the gifts of Colonel Oliver H. Payne and quickly became a national leader in medical instruction. Since its inception, the Medical College has followed an educational philosophy that emphasizes the importance of combining a strong basic foundation in the medical sciences with extensive clinical training in patient care.
In 1927, the Medical College affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and in 1932, the two institutions opened their joint campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today, Weill Cornell Medical College continues to be one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country.
The mission of the Medical College is to provide the finest education possible for medical students and students pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences, to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge, to improve the health care of the nation and the world, and to provide the highest quality of clinical care to the community.
Weill Cornell physicians and scientists have paved the way for such medical advances as the Pap test for cervical cancer, the first "double-blind" controlled experiment to test the efficacy of drugs, the synthesis of penicillin, and the synthesis of the hormone oxytocin that is crucial to childbirth - and are currently pioneering clinical testing of gene therapy for heart disease.
As an integral part of a world-renowned center of academic medicine and biomedical research, Weill Cornell Medical College is uniquely positioned to train future physicians and medical scientists. The Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences maintain major affiliations with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as with the New York Metropolitan-area institutions that constitute NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.
These significant alliances - coupled with the Medical College's longstanding commitment to excellence in research, teaching, patient care, and the advancement of the art and science of medicine - will ensure that Weill Cornell Medical College remains at the forefront of scientific and clinical scholarship for the next 100 years and beyond.
Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Medical College of Cornell University is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Weill Cornell also has PhD programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Rockefeller University and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, has established a joint MD-PhD program for students to intensify their pursuit of Weill Cornell's triple mission of education, research, and patient care.
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