Faculty Development Programs

Burroughs Wellcome Weill Cornell Physician Scientist Program

This program seeks to equip academic clinical departments to train MD-only trainees and physicians of all clinical disciplines for full time careers in laboratory investigation. To achieve this goal, it will specifically furnish trainees (ranging from late stage medical students to residents and post-graduate trainees) with: (i) longitudinally structured, multidisciplinary career development plans that integrate individualized scientific training into clinical training from the time of matriculation.  These plans will be explicitly tied to the professional finish line of faculty independence; (ii)  financial support for extended full time research training; (iii) help managing the competing demands of work-life balance related to primary caregiver responsibilities; and (iv) membership in a Multi-institutional Consortium dedicated to the Advancement of Physician Scientists (MCAPS) whose explicit goal is to jumpstart professional networking and thereby facilitate longitudinal career stage transitions. 

This program emphasizes three core concepts that address key barriers identified by the NIH Physician–Scientist Working Group: Start early, Stay focused, and Stay connected. 

Applications deadlines will be announced.  

For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Jeanne De Leon at


Faculty Development e-Learning Portal

The new Office of Faculty Development e-Learning portal is located at  Currently in beta-testing mode, it includes a variety of multimedia content on Promotion (including a podcast on the new WCM CV), Science Communication, How to Succeed as a Clinician Educator, Professionalism, Writing Effective Learning Objectives, Giving Verbal Feedback and Tips on Writing Evaluations. You will need to create an account to use the portal, and you will be asked to take a brief survey after joining. Your feedback will be used to improve the site and learning outcomes will be measured via our IRB-approved Education Research study.


Faculty Advancement & Research Mentorship (FARM)

Faculty Advancement & Research Mentorship (FARM) is a college-wide training and mentorship program for junior faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. FARM was established in 2015 to train and mentor our junior faculty towards establishment of fully funded, sustainable, and independent research programs. FARM provides junior faculty with longitudinal support over a period of 6-24months. To date, more than 60 junior faculty from 25 Departments, Divisions and Institutes, across Weill Cornell Medicine have participated in the program.

For more information, please contact FARM coordinator Dr. Spyros Mylonas (

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Leadership in Academic Medicine (LAMP)

The Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP) is a monthly series of workshops designed for new faculty in year two, three or four of their faculty appointment. LAMP workshops introduce participants to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership skills, including sessions with senior mentors who provide invaluable guidance. Skills acquired through this program provide early career faculty with tools to accomplish their primary career goals and lead to success as an academician. LAMP curriculum topics include promotion and tenure, presentation of work, conflict management, negotiation skills and much more. 

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Physician-Scientist Interest Group (PSIG)

The Physician-Scientist Interest Group (PSIG) is an open-membership group of faculty and trainees at Weill Cornell Medicine interested in basic and translational science.  The PSIG sponsors a seminar series to highlight ongoing science performed by members of the Weill Cornell Medicine community. Seminar series are held bi-monthly.  If you are interested in participating in the PSIG, please contact Dr. Yariv Houvras ( 


Research Assistance for Primary Parents (RAPP) Initiative

The Research Assistance for Primary Parents (RAPP) Initiative provides technical support to exceptional faculty members, both male and female, who are primary caregivers for an infant or child. Its goal is to help recipients advance their research projects while also negotiating childcare responsibilities. The RAPP Initiative will provide non-renewable grants of $50,000 for one year to faculty researchers working in labs and departments that do not have the resources to offer technical research assistance of this kind. Applicants may be engaged in basic, translational, or clinical research projects. Funding must be used to cover salaries for technical personnel such as lab technicians, research assistants, and programmers.

Applications will be evaluated through the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Women, and the top proposals will be awarded each funding cycle, up to a maximum of four per year. Awards will be made based on the applicant’s past record of achievement and future promise.

For eligibility criteria and information on how to apply, please see the guidelines.

Please contact Dr. Katherine Hajjar, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, at with any questions.

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WCM/Internal Programs

Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

It’s the only program of its kind in the Ivy League. You’ll graduate with two prestigious degrees from Cornell University: an MBA and an MS in healthcare leadership.

Two powerhouses in graduate education—the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences—have partnered to create a dual-degree program that focuses on building general management skills and developing a deeper understanding of the healthcare industry. This two-year executive program will advance your career and strengthen your ability to drive meaningful change in healthcare.

  • Two degrees in two years
  • Located in New York City
  • Program Format - alternating weekends

Please direct questions to Andrea Stahlman (


Healthcare Leadership Fellows Program

Dean Augustine M.K. Choi announces the tenth year of the Healthcare Leadership Fellows Program aimed at identifying Weill Cornell’s “leaders of tomorrow”. Physician leadership is a scarce resource; the development of new leaders is becoming even more important as health care reform attempts to drive value-based care and population health, leading to major changes in the ways that health care is paid for, organized, and delivered. 

Sixty-two Weill Cornell faculty members have been selected as Fellows during the first nine years of the program; many have assumed leadership roles within departments and on committees of Weill Cornell and NYP. The program provides funds to support leadership training/educational opportunities for Fellows. It also provides mentoring from the Fellowship Committee and others, small group meetings with nationally known leaders, and opportunities for discussion with current and past Fellows. Department chairs must promise 10% protected time for Fellows to spend on their Fellowship. 



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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) was launched in July 2017, in partnership with Columbia's Business School and the Department of Health Policy & Management (HPM). LEAD delivers strategic management and health policy training to rising-star physicians in the NYP health system.

The LEAD program provides a tailored, applied education for future physician leaders to gain competencies and capabilities valued by NYP and our medical partners, including respect-based leadership, management skills, team-building, healthcare policy, and applied business skills. In addition to coursework, participants complete a capstone project preparing them to effectively work and collaborate in our institutions, with a focus on addressing structural inequities in healthcare.

For information, please contact

Mentored Clinical Research Training Program

The Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) offers junior physicians at Weill Cornell and Houston Methodist a fast-track program to acquire the skillset to develop a clinical research project proposal and embark on a clinical research career pathway.

The MCRTP begins with an intensive, four-day workshop, held during July in NYC. Drawing on courses adapted from the Weill Cornell CTSC, the workshop provides an introduction to the foundations of clinical research, including research design and methodologies, data management and analysis, and the regulatory process. Following the workshop, trainees will develop their own clinical research projects with guidance from experienced clinical researchers at Weill Cornell and/or Houston Methodist.

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Quality Improvement Academy

In 2016, Quality University-Weill Department of Medicine (QUDoM) was the first program established at NYP/WCM to provide a pathway for junior faculty who are not traditional researchers to obtain mentorship and achieve academic scholarship while improving the quality and safety of hospital and ambulatory patient care. As of fall 2019, 14 WDOM physician and 4 nurses have graduated from the program. Fifteen projects have been completed across WCM uptown and Lower Manhattan campuses; 93% were integrated into standard practice with an additional two projects ongoing. Due to interest from other departments as well as NYP Nursing, we have expanded to include physician and nurse participants from the Departments of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Surgery starting with the Class of 2019.

Since the start of the program, faculty mentorship of residents in QI has increased by fivefold in the Weill Department of Medicine. In addition, more than a third of the sponsored projects have included a total of 24 residents and fellows which help our department meet the CLER program core competency for direct faculty and resident project participation in quality improvement.

As of 2019, QUDoM has expanded across Weill Cornell Medicine as part of the College’s larger faculty development and mentorship efforts. It has been rebranded as Quality Improvement Academy-Weill Cornell Medicine (QIA-WCM) to reflect involvement of all departments. QIA-WCM will continue to prioritize the quality and safety goals of WCM and NYP while increasing the productivity and visibility of the institution’s commitment to high value, high quality care as a high reliability organization. 

Contact Dr. Jennifer I. Lee (Vice Chair), Ericka Fong (Program Manager), Sawilda Worley (Administrative Specialist)  via

External/Affiliate Programs

External/Affiliate Programs

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