The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer I. DiPace, M.D. as Vice Chair of Education as of July 1, 2021. In this new role, Dr. DiPace will oversee the complex educational mission of the Department, including the coordination of faculty and trainees involved in that mission. We would like to thank Susan Bostwick, M.D., M.B.A. for her outstanding service as Executive Vice Chair of Education and Administration and are thrilled she will continue her leadership as Executive Vice Chair of Administration and Faculty.
A recognized and respected national leader in medical education, academic pediatrics and trainee/faculty mentorship, Dr. DiPace brings strong organizational skills and a commitment to collaboration and inclusion. As Vice Chair of Education, Dr. DiPace will lead the Department’s educational initiatives across the spectrum of activities related to undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME) at both residency and fellowship levels, and professional development such as continuing medical education (CME).
Dr. DiPace is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an associate attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and medical director of the Newborn Nurseries at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. Board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatrics Hospital Medicine, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She will also continue to serve as Director for Pediatric Graduate Medical Education at NYP/WCMC.
After attending Johns Hopkins University, Dr. DiPace attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she received her medical degree (M.D.) and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her pediatric residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she also served as Pediatric Chief Resident. Early on, she became actively involved in educational leadership, serving as the Associate Medical Student Clerkship Director and then Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program. For the past 10 years, she has served as the Residency Program Director, a position that brings her much joy. She is currently the Co-Chair of the NYP Graduate Medical Education Committee, Chair of the NYP GME Assessment Working Group and the Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO) for NYP. In her role as ADIO at NYP, she has gained a broader view of education across disciplines, developed strong relationships with educational leaders in other Departments at Weill Cornell Medicine, and come to appreciate the significant oversight and support that is necessary to maintain high-quality educational programs.
She is eager to bring her commitment to and passion for educating the next generation of academic pediatricians into other areas of the Department including building new educational programs or initiatives in response to needs that are identified by key stakeholders, recruiting outstanding clinician educators, and collaborating with key partners to meet the Department’s goals for diversity, inclusion, and equity through education and recruitment of a diverse faculty and housestaff. She looks forward to partnering with the newly appointed Director of the Physician Scientist Training Program to build programs that prepare pediatric residents to become the next generation of physician-scientists in academic medicine.
Dr. DiPace has numerous publications and regularly presents at national and regional meetings. She holds leadership roles in national organizations for pediatric education. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her excellence as a clinician and educator including an Award for Teaching Excellence for the Pediatrics Sub-Internship, a Weill Cornell Department of Pediatrics Award for Teaching Excellence given by the housestaff, and NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Physician of the Year.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. DiPace to this new role!