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Well at Weill

Welcome to the Well at Weill wellness page. Weill Cornell Medicine aims to mold the best future providers and scientists, who are not only leaders in their field but also exhibit the compassion, care, and dedication that is so fundamentally tied to the practice of medicine. As you grow intellectually and professionally, remember that practicing compassion, care, and dedication starts with you. Wellness is a skill that will carry you through your studies, and eventually translate into your profession.

In order for students to develop and exercise the skills that will promote their overall wellbeing, we have developed the Well at Weill program whose goals are to:

  • Develop self-care skills to maintain wellness in all its dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social
  • Reduce experienced stress by developing resiliency
  • Promote inclusion and a sense of belonging and community
  • Increase the ability to find meaning in one’s experience
  • Enable students to succeed as leaders

National Academy of Medicine - Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience - Weill Cornell Medical College's Commitment Statement

Self Care and Resilience

You are your #1 advocate. Self-care refers to the actions and attitudes that you can take to promote your overall state of well-being, manage and cope with stress, and promote overall happiness. Below are some areas where you can practice self-care and develop resilience techniques.

Wellness Events and Newsletter

Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness at Weill

Physical wellness is a critical self-care skill. Whether you like to exercise, eating healthy, meditating, or finding a time of day to laugh with your friends, all these things are an important part of your physical wellbeing. Below please find some useful resources that can foster your physical wellness. 

Fitness

Yoga:

Weill Cornell Medicine offers free yoga classes for students every Monday and Sunday at the Olin Lounge. 

Student Clubs:

Weill Cornell student clubs cover a wide range of subjects including fitness and health. Some activities include: Ballet, Running, Basketball, Capoeira, Cycling, Swimming, Dodgeball, and Football. For more information on the Fitness and Wellness student groups, please visit the Student Groups & Community Service page.

Additional resources around the Upper East Side and NYC:

The Upper East Side has a wide range of fitness facilities that available for fitness enthusiasts. Nearby facilities include the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation – Recreation Center 54, a recreation center with a pool for access to year-round swimming and aquatics programs. FlyWheel is a spinning studio which offers a Student Membership Rate. Asphalt Green is a fitness facility that offers high-quality sports, swim and fitness instruction. Weill Cornell students can purchase discounted guest passes for Asphalt Green from Rachel Kalaf in the Office of Student Life. 

Sleep

Sleep is a critical component to overall wellness. Getting restful sleep and right amount of sleep each night will help us feel energized and ready to take on the day. Below please find some useful resources that can help you better understand your sleep patterns and improve your sleeping habits.

PDF iconNYPBeHealthy - Sleep Resources 

Calm - Calm is a mindfulness app that is devoted Live mindfully, sleep better, and breathe deeper. Weill Cornell student's can access Calm for free. 

Sunday Night Sleep Troubles

Why Women Suffer Insomia More Than Men - And What You Can Do About It

Nutrition

Nutrition is key to staying healthy and feeling well. It is important your self-care to listen to what your body is telling you in terms of nourishment. Below please find some useful resources to better understand how to maintain a balanced nutrition, affordable, quick and health recipes, suggestions on meal prepping for the week.

Healthy Eating on a Budget 

Cooking on Clerkships Cookbook 

Buzzfeed's 7-day No Added Sugard Meal Plan

How to Make a Week's Worth of Vegan Lunches for $15 at Trader Joe's

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Breathing

Take a deep breath, expand your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratualations! You've just calmed your nervous system. 

Additional WCM Health Resources:

Student Health Services

Mental Health Services

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness at Weill

Manageable learning skills are an integral part to your wellbeing. Weill Cornell aims to provide an intellectual and academic environment where students can grow and succeed.

Did you know: Too much stress takes the prefrontal cortex offline, this affects your ability to perform intellectual and academic tasks.

Please visit the Student Groups & Community Service page for more information on Career Interest Groups and Policy & Advocacy Groups.

Additional WCM Resources: 

Career Advising and Residency Information

Office of Academic Assistance

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness at Weill

Emotional intelligence is an important skill that helps foster overall wellness. Understanding how your environment directly impacts your emotions can help you take control over the things that bring you happiness and the things that bring you stress. There are a wide range of tools and resources that help you develop proper self-awareness. Below please find some useful resources that can foster emotional wellbeing. 

Peer Advocates for Wellness (PAWs)

Confidential Peer Wellness Counseling at WCM

Peers Advocating Wellness (PAWs) are medical and graduate school students who volunteer to provide an empathetic, non-judgmental ear to their peers. We come from different racial, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. We pursue different interests and goals, live in different places—on and off campus—and engage in different educational tracks at Weill Cornell Medicine. We all want to help other students at Weill Cornell.

Each Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9pm, PAWs staff in Belfer Research Building Room 212 will be available. You don’t need an appointment. Just drop by! We won’t record your name. PAWs maintain strict confidentiality, meaning we do not tell friends, administrators, or faculty about what we talk about. Even if you don’t feel like talking, but just want a break, come sit down and relax with us. We also offer a list of referral resources that you can swing by and pick up at any time!

Although PAWs is a volunteer organization, each PAW has received extensive training and practice in a client-centered counseling style called motivational interviewing. We are prepared to hear about a variety of concerns and issues, large or small. You guide the conversation with whatever is on your mind and we will never criticize or pass judgment. Though we do not claim to have specific answers, we are committed to hearing you and caring about what you have to say. We believe that it just helps to talk to someone sometimes.

Come on by!  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm - Belfer Research Building Room 212. 

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Additional WCM Resources

Student Health Services

Mental Health Services 

Spiritual Wellness and Mindfulness

Spiritual Wellness at Weill

Having purpose and meaning in life increases overall wellbeing and life satisfaction.  Taking the time to reflect on the positive impact of your work allows you to develop a sense of purpose and empowerment. Below please find some resources that help promote spiritual wellbeing. 

Religion and Spirituality at Weill Cornell Medicine:

The Weill Cornell student community strives to provide means to allow its members to express themselves spiritually and religiously. Some of WCM's religious communities include the Jewish Students Organization of Cornell (JSOC), Muslim Students Association at Weill (MSAW), and Ecclesia Christian Ministry (ECM). Please visit the Student Clubs for more information.

Weill Cornell/ NYP also houses the Leland Eggleston Cofer Memorial Chapel, located near the main entrance at 525 East 68 Street and is open at all times for those needing a quiet place for prayer, meditation, and personal reflection. 

Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is a quality of awareness that includes the ability to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

Calm Calm is a mindfulness app that is devoted Live mindfully, sleep better, and breathe deeper. Weill Cornell student's can access Calm for free. 

The New York Times has a extensive section on wellness, filled with interesting research, fun activities such as How to Meditate and Meditation for Real Life.

UCLA Free Guided Meditations

Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads

Community Wellness

Community Wellness at Weill

Social connection if one of the most important components of wellness. It is critical to have a strong network of friends, family, and colleagues to reach out to in a time of need but your network also helps combat the feeling of loneliness and isolation. Below are some useful resources that will help you develop a healthy sense of community.

Did you know: Social connection leads to a release of oxytocin which dampens the stress response by inhibiting the Amygdala. Biologically, isolation is toxic to the human nervous system. 

There are several ways students can get involved in the Medical school and Graduate school. Please visit the Medical School's Student Group and Community page for more information on Community Service, Policy & Advocacy, Fitness & Wellness, and a variety of leisurly activities. The Graduate School's Student Clubs and Initiatives page also lists a variety of activities that promote fitness, sports, outreach, research, policy, and leisurly activities. 

Other WCM Resources include:

Office of Student Diveristy

Additional Student Resources

Confidential Resources at Weill

Confidential Student Advocates

Student Ombudsmen 

The Student Ombudsmen Office offers a safe place where all students at Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences may discuss problems or issues. Henry W. Murray, MD (hwmurray@med.cornell.edu) (212-746-6330) is the Weill Cornell Student Ombudsmen.

Sexual Misconduct & Campus Security 

Weill Cornell Medical College is committed to providing an education and living environment free from all acts of sexual misconduct, and will not tolerate misconduct against students, staff, faculty, alumni or visitors. JoAnne Difede, PhD (jdifede@med.cornell.edu) or (212-746-9915) is the Title IX Coordinator for Weill Cornell Students

Teacher Learner Committee 

The Teacher-Learner Committee is the body charged with monitoring, reviewing, investigating and aiding in the resolution of mistreatment issues in the Medical College. Please visit: tlc.weill.cornell.edu

Dana Zappetti, MD 

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

daz9001@med.cornell.edu

212-746-1058

Jonathan Avery, MD 

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

joa9070@med.cornell.edu

212-746-3738

Richard Friedman, MD 

Director, Student Mental Health Program

rafriedm@med.cornell.edu

212-746-5775

Edgar Figueroa, MD 

Director, Student Health Services

efiguero@med.cornell.edu

646-962-6942

Office of Student Life

Olin Hall

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New York, NY

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