Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), Cornell University

Director, Tri-Institutional Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Weill Cornell Medicine

New York, NY, United States

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) and Rockefeller University (RU)
New York, New York

Weill Cornell Medicine invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Training Program. The position is available beginning July 1, 2020. The new Director will provide leadership for approximately 150 dual degree students. The program has an over four decade record of support as an NIH-funded MSTP.

The Director provides academic leadership to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program and reports directly to the Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University. The Director is responsible for developing a strategic vision to recruit and train a diverse group of trainees, who upon graduation are ready to pursue careers that will empower them to become leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. To accomplish this, s/he will organize, manage and/or delegate all operations associated with the program.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, collaborative, and persuasive leader who is able to: advance the mission of preparing students to become successful physicians and biomedical investigators; manage the NIH-MSTP grant that provides $2.5 million in student tuition and stipend support, as well as a multifaceted annual budget that approaches $15 million; guide the work of the MD-PhD program staff and lead the program’s overall Tri-Institutional governance structure; participate in the development and operation of interdisciplinary education entities across the Tri-Institutions; and promote effective preparation and recruitment programs to ensure a diverse and robust community of dual degree students.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Ten years of full-time graduate-level teaching and biomedical research experience
• Academic qualifications, record of teaching, professional development/scholarly work, and service to warrant a faculty rank of Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine
• Administrative experience in higher education
• Knowledge of and experience in program development at the graduate level, with an understanding of the needs of a diverse student population and the ability to promote student-centered multicultural education
• Professional experience in developing cross-institutional partnerships

Desirable Qualifications and Attributes

• Dual degree training in a nationally recognized program
• Experience in the governance and advising for an MD-PhD training program
• Extensive, high-level experience with programs that encourage and promote diversity and multicultural education
• Demonstrated interest and commitment to mentorship, especially for women and other groups underrepresented in medicine and science
• Experience developing and managing budgets, resources, and external funding

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Program Overview

The mission of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is to educate and train physician scientists who are prepared to bridge the gap between laboratory research and clinical medicine, thereby improving health and enhancing the quality of life by reducing disability and death from disease. Over the past 40 years, through 2019, 401 graduates have been prepared to tackle the urgent biomedical research needs of society. Ninety percent of the graduates who complete postgraduate training join academic medical centers, federal research laboratories, or biotechnology companies.

The program awards the MD degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and the PhD degree from either Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, The Rockefeller University, or the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Each year more than 550 students from all over the United States (one-third of the national applicant pool) apply for the program’s average of 18 positions that are funded from start to finish by the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program, individual pre-doctoral National Research Service Award fellowships, private philanthropy, and institutional funds.

The premier clinical and research faculties of the three institutions provide an outstanding environment for basic and translational research and medical training. With more than 300 participating faculty members, and an organization that fosters student freedom and independence, the program offers unparalleled opportunities for individualized research training. Graduates of the program are thus prepared to lead tomorrow’s biomedical research efforts with the knowledge acquired from basic research to the bedside.

Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer

Open Until Filled

Application Information

Please provide a copy of your CV with a cover letter expressing your interest, motivation and essential background qualifications indicating your preparedness for such a position.


M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD
Nathan Cummings Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Director, Center for Neurogenetics
Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Weill Cornell Medicine
413 East 69th, Box 240
New York, NY 10021


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Director, Tri-Institutional Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)