Alumni e-Newsletter | November 2019
Dear Alumni,

The past few months have seen a whirlwind of historic firsts for your alma mater!

On the heels of ranking in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report, Weill Cornell Medicine announced a transformative new scholarship program that will eliminate medical education debt for all students who qualify for financial aid; hosted the first-ever National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being; and opened the Feil Family Student Center, increasing student space by almost 75%.

We've featured these stories and more in this fall’s Alumni e-Newsletter. Read on to see how your classmates are making a difference, how the Alumni Association is supporting the next generation of physicians and how you can stay connected. Happy reading!
Weill Cornell Medicine News
Weill Cornell Medicine Eliminates
Medical Education Debt!

On September 16, Weill Cornell Medicine announced a game-changing new financial aid program that expands our scholarship offerings to provide debt-free education to all medical students with demonstrated financial need beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year. Read more...
Feil Family Student Center Opening

On October 7, Weill Cornell Medicine unveiled the new 16,200-square-foot Feil Family Student Center, an interdisciplinary hub that is home to small group study rooms, a student activity room, a computer lab, lounges and state-of-the-art instructional spaces. The Feil Family Student Center provides much needed student space, and is now a critical cornerstone for Weill Cornell's wellness efforts. It also supports the institution’s new medical curriculum, unveiled in fall 2014, which provides students with a hands-on, interactive education that integrates basic science with clinical care and emphasizes the core principles of professionalism.
National Conference on Mental Health

Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, MD opened the inaugural N ational Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being . The two-day conference, held on September 18-19 and hosted with the  Association of American Medical Colleges Associated Medical Schools of New York  and the  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention , w as designed to address the increasing rates of psychological distress among medical students nationwide. The symposium spotlighted the findings of leading mental health researchers, clinicians and educators while giving a platform for students to de-stigmatize the conversation around mental health .
Alumni Highlights
S. Robert Rozbruch, MD '90 Inspires Patient to Seek a Career in Medicine

As chief of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch (MD '90) really gets to know his patients and their families. But, his relationship with patient Amber Hamilton, class of 2022, takes on new life as he mentors her through her orthopedic surgery residency. Read more...
Nicole C. Serlé Henwood, MD ' 06 is Fighting to Find a Cure For Her Son’s Rare Disease

Faced with her son’s potentially dire prognosis due to the many tumors growing in his body—and the realization that medical science didn’t have the answers she so desperately wanted—Dr. Nicole Serlé Henwood (MD ' 06) decided to take matters into her own hands. Read more...
Mark B. Pochapin, MD '88 is Named President of the American College of Gastroenterology

Dr. Mark B. Pochapin (MD '88), a gastroenterologist and the Sholtz-Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at NYU School of Medicine/NYU Langone Health, was elected by the membership as the 2019–2020 President of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Read more...
Melissa K. Frey, MD '09 Held a Dinner for Students Applying to Ob/Gyn Residencies

On October 7, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology Dr. Melissa K. Frey (MD '09) invited fourth-year medical students interested in Ob/Gyn to her home to hear insights and advice from young alumni on the residency interview process.
Richard A. Lynn, MD '71 R eceived the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Excellence in Community Service Award

Dr. Richard A. Lynn (MD '71) was one of three surgeons selected to receive this award, which honors vascular surgeons who have been leaders in community service throughout their professional lives, gone beyond the expectations of others in their specialty, maintained a strong civic presence, and exhibited a lifelong commitment to vascular surgery and the community. Read more (p. 21)...
The Good Physician Award

Established by Dr. Philip Stimson (MD 1914), the Good Physician Award is bestowed by class vote to one member of each graduating class who best exemplifies the qualities of a good physician.

If you received this award, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@med.cornell.edu . Ward O. Griffen (MD '53) is writing a book about the recipients of this illustrious award, and needs your help finding the awardees for 1965, 1984, 1992 and 1996-2000.
Stay Connected
Did you know that Weill Cornell Medicine hosts a podcast series that features conversations with our physicians and clinical staff on a wide range of health topics?

Check out these episodes featuring some of our alumni:



Do you have news or accomplishments that you'd like to share with the rest of the alumni community?

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Weill Cornell Medicine Magazine
Read the summer issue of Weill Cornell Medicine   magazine  online . Highlights include:

We want to hear from you! To get your class note in the winter issue of Weill Cornell Medicine magazine, please send your submission with your name and class year to Chris Furst via fax to (607) 272-8532 or email at  cf33@cornell.edu  by December 1, 2019.
Supporting Students
Student & Alumni Orientation Reception

On Au gust 22, the alumni community welcomed the class of 2023 to Weill Cornell Medical College. Alumni and students mingled, enjoyed drinks an d hors d'oeuvres, engaged in an icebreaker and listened to an inspiring speech about what it means to be a physician fro m Alumni Association Vice President Joseph Habboushe, MD '07. See photos here .
HOST Program

Each year we connect fourth-year medical students traveling for residency interviews with alumni across the country. From October through January, alumni offer students a place to stay and insights on their cities, residency training programs and more. To date, over 180 alumni have volunteered to host students. Thank you all for making this program a success!
Traveling Student Connections

In the last few months, we've connected 17 students traveling across the country for conferences and research opportunities with alumni in those areas. Alumni have met with these students for coffee, shared their insights on what it's like to work in their city and specialty and served as a friendly face in an unfamiliar city.

Contact alumni@med.cornell.edu if you'd like to support traveling students!

Save the Date! Reunion 2020 will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 11-12, 2020 . We'll be celebrating milestone anniversaries for class years ending in 4, 5, 9 and 0, but all alumni are invited to campus for reunion festivities. Stay tuned for more details!

Would you like to be a class leader? Class leaders play a vital role in the College’s ability to put on a successful reunion. They serve as the main connectors between their classmates, the Medical College and the Alumni Association, and work to inspire their classmates to participate in Reunion. Class leaders are tasked with reaching out to their classmates, collecting their contact information and stimulating excitement.

If you'd like to be a class leader for an anniversary class (class years ending in 4, 5, 9 and 0), please contact the alumni team at alumni@med.cornell.edu . We'd love your help!
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