This summer, when Iván Andrade ‘23 wasn’t interviewing patients in the emergency room at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, he was spending his time interpreting for Spanish-speaking patients at the Einstein Community Health Outreach Free Clinic, or perhaps studying for the MCATs, the Medical College Admissions Test.
Andrade’s summer experience helped him realize that he’s headed in the right direction as he pursues a career in medicine. As a research associate at Weill Cornell Medicine this summer, Andrade worked with epidemiologist Aisara Chansakul on a project to survey ER patients about their experiences at the hospital. Another project aims to establish a telemedicine service where a remote doctor evaluates medical situations in which the ER may not be the right choice – conditions they might treat at home or see their primary physician for.
Andrade received funding from a Summer Experience Grant (SEG) to help him pay his housing, food and other costs this summer. Last winter break, he also received some financial help from the Pre-Professional Program (P3), part of Cornell’s Office of Diversity Initiatives, to shadow a retinal specialist in private practice, giving him a chance to see that side of medicine, as well.