The Office of International Medical Student Education (IMSE) is one of several global health initiatives taking place at Weill Cornell. IMSE's primary function is to oversee the Global Health Curriculum, a longitudinal, elective global health program for Weill Cornell medical students.
While IMSE is the Medical Education 'home base' for WCM International Initiatives, The Center for Global Health, directed by Dr. Dan Fitzgerald, is the Global Health Research 'home base'. Much of the global health faculty who do research have faculty appointments through the Center for Global Health Research. Naturally, there is significant overlap and cross-talk between the IMSE Office and the Center for Global Health! The Center for Global Health, housed in the Department of Medicine, represents Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University in the NIH Global Health Network. Its long-standing work in Haiti, Brazil, and Tanzania now includes a Resident education component.
The Global Health Curriculum, overseen by IMSE, was initiated and designed by faculty and students whose goal was to design an academic elective curriculum for medical students interested in global health. This curriculum is now a highly regarded and a popular elective program for Weill Cornell medical students. Students who show meaningful engagement and commitment to the global health curriculum, activities, and international electives longitudinally throughout their training will have this distinction highlighted in their Dean's Letter.