The Alumni Association directly supports and engages Weill Cornell medical students by hosting exciting educational, networking and community-building events.
During orientation week the Alumni Association hosts a reception to welcome the incoming class. This event offers students an opportunity to meet alumni in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere, while learning about the multitude of Alumni Association student support programs.
Stethoscopes for Students at the White Coat Ceremony
During the White Coat ceremony in August, each first year student receives their first stethoscope. The Stethoscope Fund was created by the Alumni Association and the Buster Foundation, a longtime friend to Weill Cornell, to help alleviate the out-of-pocket expenses that students incur in their first year at the Medical College.
The Alumni Association sponsors Family Day, an annual event for family and friends of medical students to travel to the Medical College and deepen their understanding of the Weill Cornell educational experience. Activities include interactive classroom learning demonstrations, campus tours, and a panel discussion featuring medical students who share candid comments and advice for parents navigating the experience.
The Alumni-to-Student Knowledge (ASK) program provides a unique forum where students can discuss education, career and lifestyle choices with alumni in a relaxed environment. The ASK program format includes dinner followed by a discussion moderated by Alumni Association board member Paul F. Miskovitz, M.D. '75.
The International Fellows Reception focuses on Weill Cornell's global partnerships, and the diverse educational opportunities available to students through foreign electives. The program includes brief student presentations about their learning experiences abroad, and poster displays from all students who studied overseas during the current academic year. A lively reception follows the program, where the International Fellows, alumni, administrators and fellowship donors have the opportunity to mingle.
Each year, the Alumni Association and the Rogosin Institute host a special reception acknowledging the Rogosin Institute Scholars for the current academic year. Affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, the Rogosin Institute is the premier not-for-profit medical treatment and research institution for kidney disease in the U.S.
In 2004, the Institute generously established The Rogosin Institute Scholarships fund to benefit qualifying Weill Cornell students in need of financial assistance. Each year, four students are named Rogosin Scholars; and one student is named an Albert L. Rubin, M.D. '50 Scholar, after the alumnus and Rogosin Institute founder.
Fourth Year Student Send-Off Activities
As graduating students transition to alumni status, the Alumni Association begins to support its newest members. Benefits include:
- A money management seminar, featuring a professional financial consultant who addresses issues of debt management and financial planning
- Complimentary Alumni Association membership for recent graduates
- Complimentary graduation portrait sessions
- Presentation of a check to the Dean of the Medical College, in the amount raised by the graduating class scholarship fund to benefit future medical students. As a thank you, the Alumni Association matches the total amount raised.