Physician Volunteers

Become a Physician Volunteer

Volunteer physicians perform a pivotal role in the success of our clinical and educational mission. We provide excellent care through a network of physicians at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Students practice their clinical skills under the strong mentorship of a volunteer attending physicians.

Clinic Hours

WCCC provides services to 3-7 patients every Monday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Physicians are asked to arrive at 5:00 PM in preparation for the service, but no later than 5:30 pm.

Responsibilities

During a clinic session, the attending physicians will:

  • Meet with senior medical student volunteers as they present patients
  • Examine patients
  • Order and review appropriate laboratory tests
  • Work with student volunteers and patients to devise appropriate treatment plans

During the week after a clinic session:

  • Respond to urgent lab results.  (Pager accessibility is required.)
  • Review non-urgent lab results and subsequent treatment plans. (A senior medical student volunteer will arrange to meet with you at a time that is convenient.)

CME Credit

Physicians who volunteer may claim a limited number of Category 2 credits towards their hospital reappointment requirement. There is no official application for this type of credit. If you are interested in receiving a letter documenting your service in order to receive such credit, please email us at wccc@med.cornell.edu.

Malpractice Insurance Coverage

All physicians will be covered for their service at the clinic if they currently have admitting privileges at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Protocol for a Typical Patient Visit

  1. Patients will first be screened by an NewYork-Presbyterian Community Health Plan facilitated enroller for eligibility for public benefit programs (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid and Family Health Plus).
  2. Following this eligibility screening, patients will be seen by the clinical team, which is composed of one 3rd/4th year student and one 1st/2nd year student.
  3. The clinical team will then present the patient to the attending physician.
  4. The patient will then be seen and examined by the attending physician.
  5. The student volunteers and attending physician will work with the patient to develop an assessment and treatment plan.
  6. Trained on-site student volunteers and student social workers will then facilitate access to prescription medications and scheduling of appropriate follow-up or referral appointments.

(Note: patients in need of emergent care will be referred to the NewYork-Presbyteriain Emergency Department.)

Please contact us at wccc@med.cornell.edu to sign-up.

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