On the residency trail, I was looking for the program that had it all. Strong inpatient training with an emphasis on teaching and learning, commitment to resident well-being, and flexibility and support to pursue my research interests. Cornell was my first choice because it truly offered something on every level. As an independent learner, I was hoping for a program that was structured to a degree but also accommodating enough to allow me the time to pursue mentor relationships and personal goals. I'm in Cornell's Primary Care track, which is unique in that it offers wonderfully dedicated resident support - the faculty are really working for us to improve our experience and help us realize our goals. In my case, they're presently helping me establish a connection with Rikers Island as a possible second continuity clinic site. I'm also so pleased with my PC clinic experience at Long Island City Health Center, an FQHC in Queens that's part of NYC's Community Healthcare Network, where I'm able to get a real sense of urban primary care practice in a community-based setting.
Cornell was my unequivocal first choice for residency. As a medical student, I worked with fellows at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who completed their residency training at Cornell and I found that they served as ideal role models given their collegiality, professionalism, impressive knowledge, and groundbreaking research. I also found Cornell to be an ideal program given my interest in oncology and the extensive opportunities to train with world-renown leaders in the field at Weill Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering. During my interview, I also loved the supportive environment created by the faculty, staff and chief residents and the program’s dedication to research and teaching. As a categorical resident, I am confident that Cornell will train me to become the successful physician scientist that I have dedicated my life to becoming.
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA, went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and Harvard Medical School for medical school. I lived and worked in NYC for a few years before going to medical school and I knew I wanted to come back for residency because I love this city so much! I want to go into Primary Care so I wanted a residency program that had an excellent Primary Care program with lots of outpatient time and research exposure, but I also wanted to have very strong inpatient training and Cornell had both, making it my #1 choice! I also wanted a program that made diversity a priority and had a supportive environment. Our Minority House Staff Committee was also instrumental in my decision because it would allow me to continue working with SNMA (Student National Medical Association) and help with residency recruitment efforts
I wanted to train at a place where I could learn from the best clinicians in a setting that has top-of-the-line research, staff, and hospital resources; a place where I could get a well-rounded clinical experience. I chose Cornell because, for all of these reasons, this hospital is a hospital where I would feel comfortable sending my family members, knowing they would get the best care possible. I can see these values reflected in the atmosphere of the care teams, where every patient is treated as a person, someone's family member. In working with these special people, I have found a second family in my co-residents. The sense of community is abundant. As much as we care for our patients, we care for one another.
Cornell was my top choice residency program. After interviewing there I found this program to have everything I was looking for: Outstanding clinical training in the heart of New York City which means a patient population from all over the world and with all social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as great research opportunities with three leading research institutions, Weill Cornell Medicine, Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University, on the same block. Only at Weill Cornell! I am very happy with my decision.
I chose to come to Cornell for residency because it fulfilled all that I was looking for in an urban program: global health and research opportunities, a diverse patient population, great mentors and a collegial learning environment where I won't be afraid to ask questions. I also loved how innovative the leadership was in teaching, in particular with the use of the iPad/iTunes U where all the resources are organized in one place to make learning easily accessible. In the end, what drew me to this program were the people I met on interview day: the residents were genuine and friendly, the faculty were approachable and dedicated to teaching, and even the staff/coordinators were so involved! Life as a resident could be very challenging, emotionally and physically, and the people at Cornell are truly dedicated to support you through this journey and help you become the best physician you can be – and that is why I love training here!