The Music and Medicine Initiative: Medical students typically excel in science, but many are also gifted in music. The Weill Cornell Medical College family includes musicians with a wide range of experiences, from serious amateurs to conservatory-trained professionals. All share a passionate pursuit of the expression of beauty and perfection through music.
Musicians may turn to a career in medicine for a variety of reasons. But once medical students, they often find that their passion for musical exploration seamlessly translates into the pursuit of medical knowledge. These students begin to think of their medical training as another form of art.
With this in mind, the Music and Medicine Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College—spearheaded by David A. Shapiro, MD, and Richard Kogan, MD, and supported by a generous gift from the Block Family Foundation—allows medical students to continue to enjoy their musical life. The program emphasizes continued academic excellence with the added opportunity for students to practice music as a balance to a busy academic life.