Medical Student Education

Program Overview

Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry's highly regarded Medical Student Education Program plays a major role across all four years of medical education.  We enjoy an exceptionally strong and committed faculty pool who engage students in both clinical and scholarly work.

In the Foundational Years our faculty teach in Essential Principles of Medicine (EPOM) and Health, Illness and Disease (HID). 

During the Clerkship Years our faculty teach in the Primary Care Clerkship, the Advanced Biomedical Sciences course, and the Psychiatry Clerkship.  We are proud of the high ranking our Psychiatry Clerkship receives from our students, as well as our consistently high Clerkship rating by our graduated students compared to nationwide student ratings of psychiatry clerkships. 

Throughout all four years, students participate in two key programs where our faculty closely mentor students.  In the Longitudinal Educational Experience Advancing Patient Partnerships (LEAP) program, students follow the treatment of assigned patients and participate in monthly discussion groups with faculty and other students for further reflection and learning.   Members of our faculty also guide students throughout their Area of Concentration (AOC), a four-year program in which students develop an expertise in an area of medical science, culminating in the completion of a Scholarly Project before graduation. 

Our Faculty members volunteer their time as supervisors to students in two student run programs, the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) and the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC).

They also sponsor numerous Clinical and Research Electives open to students from Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), WCMC in Qatar, and other U.S. and international medical schools.

URiM Visiting Electives

Diversity Visiting Clerkship Program

The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Diversity Visiting Clerkship Program through June 30th, 2023 for select applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine or who have demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations. An outstanding medical student who has successfully completed the third year of medical school by July 1 at an LCME accredited institution will be selected for this award. The award will include a $1500 travel and living expense stipend for one month. We will provide reimbursement of housing costs up to $3000 for a student coming from outside the New York City area. The dates of the 4-week course would be September 25, 2023 – October 20, 2023.

Learn more and apply here.

Neil H. Merkatz MD Memorial Visiting Minority Scholar Program in Integrated Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Weill Cornell Medicine Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at New York-Presbyterian are pleased to announce the 2023 Neil H. Merkatz MD Memorial Visiting Minority Scholar Program in Integrated Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics. The program is open to 4 th year medical student applicants from groups underrepresented in medicine including African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander. The selected student will be reimbursed up to $3000 for housing for the 4 week rotation and receive a $1500 travel and living expense stipend. This elective will occur on the month of September every year.

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Program Leadership

Susan Samuels, M.D.
Director, Psychiatry Clerkship
Director, Medical Student Education 

Mark Sullivan, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director 

David Hankins, M.D. 
Associate Clerkship Director

Rebecca Hellman
Administrative Coordinator
Medical Student Education
Department of Psychiatry

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