On January 29, 2019, the Cornell Center for Health Equity-Diversity Center of Excellence/Office of Diversity and Student Life/Weill Department of Medicine Mentoring Cascade kicked off with a highly successful start. Held in the state-of-the-art Belfer Building, the event hosted medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Participants will include eighty four trainees and 33 faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Rockefeller University, NYP-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and NYP Queens Hospital, as well as alumni of the medical school and NYP residencies. The ongoing program of interdisciplinary and multilevel mentoring teams will meet twice more in the spring of 2019; four meetings will be held during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The kickoff included a welcome, a dinner, and a Mentoring Panel Discussion with Weill Cornell speakers providing expert guidance: Kevin Holcomb, M.D., Chief , Gynecologic Oncology, Vice Chair, Diversity, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “A personal mentoring journey”; Susana Morales, M.D., Director, Diversity COE and Vice Chair, Diversity, Weill Department of Medicine, “How to be a mentor”; and Marcus Lambert, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life, “How to be a mentee.” Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life conducted the event’s wrap-up session.
This program is a program supported in part by a grant of $2.7 million over 4 years from the Health Resources Service Administration of HHS, received in 2018 by the Cornell Center for Health Equity for the Diversity Center of Excellence.