Weill Cornell Medicine was recently awarded a four year $2.7 million “grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish a Diversity Center of Excellence dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians in academic medicine.” The HRSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through its Centers of Excellence program the HRSA strives “to train and retain underrepresented minority students and faculty.”

The Weill Cornell Center of Excellence will focus on a number of initiatives including:

  • Seeking to nurture minority talent at all career levels
  • Expanding Weill Cornell Medicine’s middle school, high school and undergraduate pipeline programs with the goal of doubling the number of minority medical school applicants within three years.
  • Nurturing underrepresented Cornell pre-medical students

In addition the Center will look to enhance its support for minorities at all stages of professional development for physicians, increase mentorship opportunities, and “sponsor an annual health equity premedical conference”.