The Weill Medical College of Cornell University was
established in 1898 and is situated on the upper east
side of New York City. Although the university is
located in Ithaca, New York, the medical school was
established in New York City to provide students with
clinical experience and laboratory-oriented instruction.
An academic medical center was established in 1962
that affiliated Cornell Medical School with New York
Hospital. With the relocation, both these components
became part of a common campus – the New York
Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. The school name
was changed in 1998 to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill
Medical College of Cornell University.
4-year modern. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences, the clinical sciences, and clinical practice by
offering interdisciplinary basic science courses, early
exposure to clinical concepts, and clinical experiences.
The curriculum emphasizes problem-solving skills and
aims to develop the students’ ability and motivation for
continued self-study. In keeping with developments in
the health care delivery system, it has expanded clinical
education in the ambulatory setting by offering officebased preceptorships in years 1 and 2 and a primary care
clerkship in year 3. Upon completion of the second year
of medical school, students take 3 introductory clinical
courses: Clinical Pharmacology, Anesthesia, and the
Introductory Clerkship. The third and fourth years have
a combined clinical curriculum with required clinical
clerkships, a subinternship, Medicine, Patients and
Society III, Health Care Systems, and elective courses.
This educational continuum ends with 8 weeks of
required credits in advanced basic sciences.
Minority admissions: The school makes a nationwide
effort to enroll qualified members of groups underrepresented in medicine. It conducts a research fellowship
program for college premedical students who have
completed their junior year and have a major interest
in the medical problems of the underserved. Other
degree programs: The school offers a fully funded
combined MD-PhD program, which is coordinated
with the Rockefeller University, Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center, and the Cornell University
Graduate School of Medical Sciences. An MD-MBA
program is offered in conjunction with the Johnson
School of Management of Cornell University.
A solid background in science is important. Required
courses include the basic premedical science courses
and 1 year of English. Transfer and advanced standing: When vacancies occur, students are considered for
admission to the third year. Candidates must furnish
evidence of satisfactorily completed work and must
present a letter of current good standing from their
Performance is graded by an Honors/Pass/Fail system,
in the first 2 years and Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail in
the last 2.
Teaching: Most of the instruction for the first 2 years
takes place at the Weill Educational Center, a multipurpose teaching complex. It consists of an auditorium
and 21 modular teaching laboratories. Designed for
maximum flexibility, it accommodates teaching formats
and methodology. The medical school campus enbraces
one of the most advanced centers in the world for
biomedical sciences, including Rockefeller University,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Presbyterian Medical Center and Hospital for Special
Surgery, and other affiliated institutions.