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Cornell Kids

Cornell Kids is an interactive science learning and mentoring project, in which members of the Student National Medical Association teach a group of sixth and seventh grade students from the East Harlem School in Manhattan about the basic functioning of the body.

Teaching sessions are held once a month on Friday afternoons, from January through May. Students are taught basic physiology and pathology of various bodily systems, and participate in an anatomy lab where they apply their knowledge to explore the value of medical research.

Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is a national program addressing the issues of declining minority enrollment rates in health professions, specifically in medicine. The program exposes high school sophomores and juniors to specific career fields and the steps needed to become a health care provider.

HPREP sessions are held on Friday afternoons from January through March. Students speak with physicians from Weill Cornell Medical College, and participate in small group workshops led by medical students. Participants submit a short research paper on a pre-approved subject at the conclusion of the program.

Science and Medicine Enhancement Program (SMEP)

The Science and Medicine Enhancement Program (SMEP) provides students from the Science and Medline School in Canarsie, New York an opportunity to learn about health and diseases interactively. The Canarsie students are paired with medical students in small groups to learn about different systems in the body, and how they relate to prevalent health issues.

Sixth graders learn about the circulatory system, seventh graders learn about the digestive system, and eighth graders learn about the nervous system - all through research, clinical skill sessions, reading, writing and presentations.

Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program (WCYSP)

The Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program (WCYSP) is a three-week summer enrichment program targeting current underprivileged high school juniors with have an interest in science and medicine. The WCYSP embodies critical early intervention in shaping a student's future, and therefore seeks to endow students with the skills and experience necessary to fulfill their vast potential. The curriculum consists of basic science lectures (primarily given by medical students, residents, and physicians), faculty spotlight sessions, problem-based learning sessions, mentor/mentee sessions, and visits to the anatomy lab.

Topics covered include medical ethics, organ systems biology, nutrition, infectious disease, embryology, disease pathogenesis, immunology and chronic conditions. The WCYSP starts on the first Tuesday of July, and runs four days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program (TSRF)

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program (TSRF) provides premedical students with deeper insight into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through laboratory and clinical research, this diverse group of students pursues specific research problems under the supervision of a faculty member. A lecture series also explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing students to an understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease - both of which are major problems in minority communities.

Summer fellows attend a series of presentations by minority physicians, who address issues of concern in their daily work in order to present a comprehensive picture of health care in minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced-year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Fellows also receive counseling regarding medical school financial planning, including examination of financial aid packages. 

Weill Cornell 1992 and T-SRF 1986 Graduate Dr. Roderick K. King Named M.D./M.P.H. Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.  Link to article:

Women in Medicine High School-Medical School Mentorship Program

The Women in Medicine High School-Medical School Mentorship Program is a collaboration between the Women in Medicine (WIM) and Young Women in Bio (YWIB) organizations. This program strives to provide guidance and encouragement to young women from diverse New York City high schools who have demonstrated excellence in science.

Three high school students are coupled with three female medical school students to form mentoring groups. The groups meet both formally through organized WIM events, and informally as questions or ideas arise. The small group structure encourages interaction between individuals from different backgrounds with similar interests, and enriches the WIM program by allowing the medical students to function as mentors.

Weill Ithaca Summer Experience in Research (WISER)

Weill Ithaca Summer Experience in Research (WISER) is a joint program between Cornell Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medicine. Four to five students, with interest in public health, community health or health disparities research, are selected to participate in this paid summer program.

Accepted students are assigned to a community organization, and guided through the process of developing a research question embedded within an existing project. Students participate in journal clubs, didactic courses on health disparities and research ethics, community-based participatory research, preliminary data analysis and scientific data presentation. They work on projects as a group, providing feedback to their peers, and eventually complete a written and oral presentation of their work. Through WISER, Weill Cornell is able to build pipelines to biomedical research, and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in academic medicine.

Successful and Productive Academic Research Careers Jr. (SPARC Jr.)

The Successful and Productive Academic Research Careers Jr. (SPARC Jr.) program targets undergraduates, and functions as a networking opportunity for students from all summer programs at Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Students gain valuable advice regarding medical school/graduate school application, discuss financial aid, and are able to meet faculty members.

SPARC is an annual conference hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, conceived in direct response to the NIH’s call for a vigilant response to the underrepresentation of women, racial and ethnic minority investigators in academic research.

6th Annual SPARC Jr. Conference - July 25, 2016 (Recap)

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