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Accessing Student Support Services

Weill Cornell Graduate School is committed to providing students with comprehensive, accessible student support services.  Below are guidelines for how to access the various staff who can help provide assistance and support.

For any personal issues, ranging from depression or relationship issues to substance abuse to counseling, students can first contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Avery, 212-746-3738, joa9070@med.cornell.edu.  Dr. Avery is a psychiatrist and will work CONFIDENTIALLY with students to assess their needs and provide the appropriate referral or ongoing support. Dr. Avery is not a member of the graduate school faculty and is not involved in training or progression to degree.

Students seeking counseling/psychiatric services can speak with a mental health professional by contacting the Student Mental Health Program at 212-746-5775.  You will be asked to leave a message and the program director, Dr. Richard Friedman, will be in touch with you as soon as possible (typically within 24 hours). 

For all immediate medical-related issues students should contact or visit Student Health Services, 230 East 69th Street, 646-962-6942.

For academic-related issues students should first contact their Program Directors (you can find their email address via your Program page at (http://gradschool.weill.cornell.edu/academics).  If students or faculty feel they need to elevate the discussion, they should contact Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Randi Silver, rbsilve@med.cornell.edu.

Students interested in wellness education programming, including WCM’s Peers Advocating Wellness program, should contact Student Life Manager, Erica Soto at ers2009@med.cornell.edu, 212-746-7070.  Wellness resources and a schedule of activities can be found by visiting http://studentservices.weill.cornell.edu/student-life/wellness.

On-campus housing questions or concerns should be directed to Joe Vece, Assistant Director for Student Housing, jev2014@med.cornell.edu.

For other confidential issues students should contact the Student Ombudsperson, Dr. Henry Murray, who can be can be reached at 212-746-6330 and hwmurray@med.cornell.edu. For more information about the Student Ombudsperson’s role visit http://studentservices.weill.cornell.edu/student-life/student-ombudsperson.

The NYP Weill Cornell Victim Intervention Program is an on-site organization that provides crisis intervention and support for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, family violence, and physical assault.  For more information regarding support and campus security please go to:  http://medicaleducation.weill.cornell.edu/student-resources/sexual-misconduct-campus-security.

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Weill Cornell Medicine
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
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