At NewYork-Presbyterian, female leaders continue to carry the torch not only by providing outstanding care, but also by fostering a culture of mentorship and community within the institution. From Dr. Howell, who serves as assistant dean for Diversity and Student Life at Weill Cornell Medicine, to Dr. Shari Platt, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, who works closely with medical students, trainees, and junior faculty to help them develop as leaders, the female physicians of NewYork-Presbyterian remain committed to cultivating new talent and creating opportunities.
“In my time here, part of my development has been because individuals opened the door,” says Dr. Howell. “There’s no point in anyone’s career where you don’t need mentorship. To go from mid- to senior level, you need strong mentorship.”
Dr. McGinty has seen these strong networks go beyond the walls of the hospital. The support systems for the women of NewYork-Presbyterian uplift them in their careers — and their lives. It’s a ripple effect that extends into society at large. “We need our broad professional network, but we need that squad of people that we can go to in our personal lives as well,” says Dr. McGinty, who won Weill Cornell Medicine’s Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty in 2019. “Why it’s so important for us to become leaders is because then our influence is amplified and we’re able to impact a greater number of people and a greater part of the health system and truly move things in the right direction.”
For Dr. Platt, reflecting on Dr. Blackwell helped put into perspective her own journey and the mark she wants to leave behind. “I took for granted the path that I took without really realizing how difficult it was to pave that way. Having learned more about Elizabeth Blackwell, I’m really grateful for the things that I have in my life as a woman leader,” she says. “There’s absolutely nothing more satisfying and more rewarding than this career. And if there were a young girl who was debating about being a doctor, I [would tell her] that we need strong, smart, intelligent, wise, kind, and compassionate women doctors.”
It’s exactly the sentiment Dr. Blackwell would have affirmed, and these women are living proof that her legacy proudly lives on at NewYork-Presbyterian today.