Office of Student Affairs
Welcome from the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Your entry into medical school marks the beginning of a career path that we hope is exciting, inspiring and uniquely fulfilling. Millions of people throughout the world are in need of health care, including many in our own neighborhood in Washington Heights. The challenges we face to provide universal health care, treat those with acute and chronic illness, and develop new technologies and treatments to effectively prevent and treat disease in our global world will become your challenges.
We have superb faculty at VP&S to teach you basic science and clinical care and help you develop your own areas of interest in our new curriculum. They take great pride in participating in your education and working in our outstanding medical center. You will have opportunities to conduct research with mentors who have made substantial discoveries themselves and learn in an environment that values inquiry and discovery. Many of you will participate in our global health opportunities or one of our dual degree programs. Your fellow students, whose interests and accomplishments are impressive like yours, will provide a community for learning, and some will become lifelong friends. The international nature of New York City and our community offers numerous opportunities for you to develop as physicians skilled in understanding and treating patients from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Our goal in the Office of Student Affairs is to foster your development as outstanding physicians and leaders. Each student is assigned an Advisory Dean who provides mentoring and career counseling by meeting with you individually and in small groups throughout medical school. We also encourage active involvement in VP&S activities, including the programs that address student life. The VP&S Club offers a variety of activities to meet the interests of our students, including the unique Bard Hall Players theater group, specialty interest groups, service groups, and programs in advocacy. Recent changes and innovations in the VP&S student life experience include our new home in the Vagelos Education Center, an expanded student health service, innovative renovations to the Knowledge Center housed in the Long Health Sciences Library, and the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy.
You are entering medicine at a time of unprecedented discovery in research and focus on global health. You are the future of medicine and will make a difference for countless others. We warmly welcome you to VP&S.
Lisa A. Mellman, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs