In addition to traditional pipeline programs intended to attract high school and college undergraduates to careers in medicine, we recruit residents and fellows with an eye toward retaining the best of our trainees as faculty.
Regional and National Conferences
Recognizing that recruitment is of little value without efforts to maximize the success and retention of the faculty that join our ranks, deliberate effort is made to identify internal and external mentors and professional development offerings relevant to individual faculty members. There is the potential for faculty to participate in regional and national conferences with the intent of facilitating academic advancement.
Departmental Educational Activities
Weill Cornell Medicine is an academic, health care and research community committed to diversity, inclusiveness and a welcoming environment for its faculty, staff, and students. Strategies targeting faculty recruitment and retention include networking at national, regional and local meetings; advertisements in targeted periodicals/listserves; diversity representatives on search committees and explicitly stated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. To influence the diversity climate, diversity and healthcare disparities are included in the Diversity Grand Rounds series. Additionally, since 2020, we have had a Race, Equity and Social Justice learning series.
- SPARC Jr. The SPARC Junior conference targets students from all summer programs at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (but is also open to high school students, college students and parents/guardians in the NYC area). Students gain valuable advice regarding careers in medicine and science, gain insight into the life of medical and graduate students, and are able to meet students, faculty members and alumni of the tri-institutional schools.
- Diversity Town Halls
Pediatric Diversity Coalition (PDC)
The Pediatric Diversity Coalition is comprised of URiM faculty, fellows and residents, key members of departmental leadership and others supportive of the department’s efforts to strengthen diversity. These include medical student clerkship directors, residency program leadership and departmental leadership including the Department Chair. Because there are opportunities to advance diversity on many levels, it is important to have a variety of stakeholders at the table as we develop and advance the varied diversity initiatives within the department.
Weill Cornell Medicine Diversity Council
Diversity efforts across Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) are coordinated by the Weill Cornell Diversity Council (WCDC). This body meets monthly and is comprised of the Associate and Assistant Deans of Diversity, departmental diversity champions, and representatives from student affairs, human resources, the graduate school, affiliate members, legal counsel, and the student body.