Medical students share their perspectives on self-care:
Graduate students share their perspectives on self-care:
More on self-care and wellness:
Wellness Events and Newsletter
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Additional WCM Health Resources:
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.
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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.
Additional WCM Resources
Spiritual Wellness and Mindfulness
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.
Diversity Week Event: Faith and Spirituality in Medicine: Students' and Healthcare Providers' Perspective
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.
Headspace - Learn to meditate with our FREE Basics pack, a 10-day beginner’s course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It’ll give you a solid foundation to build your practice on.
Omvana - Here’s what you get when you sign up for free: Omvana brings you 500+ tracks of world’s top transformational audios to enhance every area of your life. Hot categories include: Body, Mind, Lifestyle, Productivity, Relationships, Hypnosis.
Shine - A daily pep talk in you pocket. Shine is a free self-care app that feels like a daily pep talk in your pocket. Whether you’re stressed, overwhelmed, anxious—Shine will remind you “I got this.”
Stop, Breathe and Think - Check in with how you’re feeling, and try short activities tuned to your emotions.
Breethe - The easiest way to meditate. Try it for FREE.
Cornell University - Cornell Health - Tips and Information to help you thrive. Online guided meditation videos
Sleep Sounds - YouTube
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:
The telling and hearing of stories is healing...even for medical students.
Additional Student Resources
Confidential Student Advocates
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (212-746-6330) is the Weill Cornell Student Ombudsmen.
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 (email@example.com) 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
Jonathan Avery, MD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Richard Friedman, MD
Director, Student Mental Health Program
Edgar Figueroa, MD
Director, Student Health Services