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Healthcare Leadership and Management Scholars Program

The delivery of healthcare has become increasingly complex. Future physician leaders should be equipped with managerial, leadership and administrative skills to ensure that they can effectively and efficiently provide the highest level of patient care. To meet this growing need, we created the Healthcare Leadership and Management (HLM) Scholars Program at Weill Cornell Medical College for medical students in the summer between their first and second years of medical school.

The goal of HLM Scholars Program is to foster close relationships between the summer scholars and senior management to provide an opportunity to experience various aspects of healthcare management, including hospital administration and finance, clinical quality and patient safety, policy-making, and clinical operations management. It is assumed that these issues will be of critical significance to a growing segment of physician clinicians and therefore is an important part of the medical education experience. This also provides invaluable insight for potential applicants to other dual degree programs offered by Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University.

Following a competitive application process, three students from Weill Cornell Medical College between the first and second year of medical school will be selected.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A personal statement addressing the question: “Why are you interested in the HLM Scholars Program?” (less than 1 page)
  • Project proposal:  Identify a problem/issue inpatient care or healthcare quality/safety and discuss how you’d address that problem. (less than 1 page)
  • Requirements:
    • 8-week commitment (Summer), Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM

The HLM Scholars Program consists of an integrated curriculum, which includes attending lectures and meetings, shadowing clinical shifts in the Weill Cornell Emergency Department, participating in weekly journal clubs and completing a scholarly project. Lectures will be presented by senior leaders and executives at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine.    

Program Leadership

Rahul Sharma MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP

Mary Mulcare MD

Robert Tanouye MD, MBA

Rona Wang MD, MBA

Daniel Lakoff MD

Jean Scofi, MD

Jane Torres-Lavoro, MPH

Kaitlin Schullstrom, MA

A few of our alumni are highlighted below:

HLM Scholar Ishani Premaratne is a 2015 graduate of Harvard College and a current fourth-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine who is studying tissue engineering for reconstructive surgery applications as an NIH TL1 Scholar awardee while concurrently pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical & Translational Science. She hopes to pursue a career as a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and is thrilled that her experience in the Health Leadership & Management Scholars Program has provided her with the resources to pursue a leadership track within her chosen field. Prior to medical school, Ishani's interest in global health and health policy drove her work at The World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., The World Health Organization in Geneva, and as a Harvard Medical School Global Health Equity Option Scholar conducting fieldwork in Chiapas, Mexico.  

HLM Scholar Karan Bains is an MD/MBA student planning on pursuing a career combining clinical emergency medicine and health tech.  He also co-leads Future of Care, an accessible health tech community in NYC that strives to push forward innovation in medicine.  The health leaders he met as part of the HLM program, as well as his HLM project (building a model to predict the impact of telemedicine on ED operations), reinforced his interest in improving healthcare from a systems perspective and bridging the gap between clinical knowledge and tech solutions.

HLM ScholarKarina N. Ruiz-Esteves is an alumna of the 2017 HLM Scholars Program. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Karina completed her Bachelors in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She then moved to DC to pursue research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will be graduating with an MD from Weill Cornell Medicine in May 2020. Growing up in PR, Karina witnessed her family struggle with access to healthcare, which translated into her desire to pursue medicine and to be involved with advocacy for underserved populations. HLM allowed Karina to gain leadership skills and a better understanding of our healthcare system, which inspired her to pursue a career that will allow her to be involved with medical education and hospital administration. Her goal is to continue to advocate for underserved populations while continuing to work to close the gap in healthcare access. Karina will be pursuing an internal medicine residency in an academic institution where she can get involved with research, advocacy, and mentoring while serving a diverse population. 

HLM Scholar Sapir Nachum MD is an Internal Medicine Resident at NYP-Cornell and a member of the Housestaff Quality Council. She is passionate about improving workflows and implementing new technologies to increase efficiency in healthcare. Sapir was one of our inaugural HLM scholars. Through the HLM program, she was introduced to the inner workings of the hospital and the mechanisms behind driving change in large medical organizations, laying the groundwork for continued work on quality improvement projects. 

HLM Scholar Shokhi Goel is a dual MD/MBA student interested in Urology as well as structural and technological innovation in healthcare. During HLM she completed a project analyzing radiation errors in administration at NYP and helped out with the rollout of the telemedicine initiative. By combining her dual clinical and administrative perspectives, she strives to advocate for physicians while leading improvements in healthcare delivery to underserved populations. 

HLM Scholar Sophie Mou entered with WCMC's class of 2021. She graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a biology major. Before entering medical school, Sophie worked at the San Francisco Department of Public Health assessing access to reproductive health services within the city. She also counseled women on pregnancy options as a social work associate at the Women’s Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital. At WCMC, with a classmate, Sophie has created a 5-session elective course covering topics in sexual and reproductive health to study as an educational intervention for medical and physician assistant students. The summer at HLM has motivated her to continue to ponder systemic changes that can improve patient outcomes.


Mailing Address

Emergency Medicine Department
Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 E. 68th St., Box 179
New York, NY 10065

Chairman's Office

525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-0780

Residency Office

530 E. 70th St., M-124c
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892