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

Well @ Weill 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. 



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. 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 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 icon NYPBeHealthy - 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 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

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

PDF icon eating_healthy_on_a_budget_wc_jtopol.pdf


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.

Change your mindset for success. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

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. 

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

Ten Percent Happier:

How to Redeem Your Free 6 Month Subscription to the Ten Percent Happier App

You'll redeem the code on our website, then when you open the app on your phone, everything will be unlocked.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Open this link, WEILLCORNELLMEDICALCOLLEGE, to get to the gift redemption page on our website.
  2. If you're a new user, register an account. Keep track of which method you used so you can sign into the app on your phone the same way.
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  4. Tap Redeem on the next page.
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Please reach out to Ten Percent Happier at support@tenpercent.com if you need help getting started.

  1. Mindfulness on Call - WCM Psychiatry 
  • Mindfulness meditations
  • Mindfulness behaviors
  • Mindful timeouts
  • Noting Exercised
  • Mindful first-aid

Cornell University - Cornell Health - Tips and Information to help you thrive. Online guided meditation videos

NYP’s Wellness Videos and Audios


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.

Community Wellness

Community Wellness at Weill

Social connection is 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

in-Training: the agora of the medical student community

The telling and hearing of stories is healing...even for medical students. 

Online Medical Student Narratives

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

Janna Gordon-Elliott, MD 

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry



Judith Cukor, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs



Patricia Marino, Ph.D.

Director, Student Mental Health Program



Edgar Figueroa, MD 

Director, Student Health Services



Wellbeing Activities Schedule

Wellbeing Activities Schedule

Office of Student Life

Olin Hall

445 East 69th Street, Rm 110

New York, NY 10021