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My 36 Hour Trip to NYC: Medical Schools & Hospitals


Having a father as a pilot is very beneficial. This past weekend I zipped on up to New York and saw the best of Manhattan’s medical schools and hospitals… in 36 hours. With the aid of NYC’s MTA subway system I managed to cover some of the most prominent healthcare systems from 32nd street up to 168th street.

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons                Bellevue Hospital

Medical Schools: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medical College, NYU School of Medicine, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hospitals: New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital

New York City was HUGE! I loved seeing all the renowned hospitals and medical schools… but that was all I could do. Although I did go inside each one to try and track down medical students, I failed. School is out of session and it was indeed the weekend. Bear in mind that each of my subjective remarks and opinions about these centers are strictly based on APPEARANCE only. I have mildly researched each of the medical schools to understand their history, but not enough, yet, to write about it. I am writing this post to report on an aspiring medical student’s iconic view on (mainly) the LOCATION of NYC finest medical facilities.

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons:

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Traveling the furthest away from Grand Central Station all the way up to 168th street marked my first stop on the trip, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). CUMC has Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center right next to each other. I walked around the perimeter of the hospital and even into the medical school’s lobby. I found my way to their main auditorium, pitch black, and snapped this photo on the central podium: I could feel a sense of the prestigious Columbia University inside. The appearance of the school looks quite dated, but, to me, reflects a sense of uniqueness and specialty. Location wise, 168th street was by far my favorite place in the city I visited. Around CUMC was a more open city with not as many skyscrapers… I wish I would have taken a panorama shot. More pictures of the New York Presbyterian/CUMC area:

In a dream...

In a dream…

The beautiful front entrance to the NYP Hospital/CUMC

The beautiful front entrance to NYP Hospital/CUMC

Weill Cornell Medical College: Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are under a great deal of expansion and construction. The medical school and the hospital are somewhat connected to each other, but still, of course, have many of their buildings surrounding the famous hospital. I wish I could speak more about Weill Cornell Medical School and their philosophy but I do not know much at the current moment. All I know is that this area on East 68th street was SUPER busy. I almost got hit by a taxi. Nonetheless, this hospital is GORGEOUS!     Photo Jun 08, 4 06 15 PM I wish could have taken better shots but it looks like a true palace! There is beautiful white marble everywhere inside. More photos of the area: Photo Jun 08, 5 35 20 PM       Photo Jun 08, 5 35 40 PM

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:

Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are located up on East 98th and 99th intersecting Madison Ave. I am very interested in Mount Sinai because of some recent statistics and figures I have came across. The medical school,hospital, and student dorms are very close to each other, which is a fantastic for an out of state student unfamiliar with the city. I was not fortunate enough to go into either the Icahn or the hospital but I did go inside this building:

Photo Jun 09, 8 32 02 AM Almost all research done for Mount Sinai is handled in this very new building. The buildings and vacinity of Mount Sinai look very pleasant, however, the surrounding area looks to serve the less fortunate East side of Manhattan. Up and coming with their new Flexmed program, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has my undivided attention right now.

Photo Jun 09, 8 32 16 AM

NYU School of Medicine:

I did not plan on seeing NYU Langone Medical Center on my trip but I am glad did! Ranked on the US News & World Report nationally #6 for orthopedics, researching NYU is definitely on my to do list. From the walk-by I did the medical school and hospital appears to be very recently built. Photo Jun 09, 10 32 11 AM                                          Photo Jun 09, 10 34 57 AM  Being right on the Hudson, NYU Langone Medical Center is nice and busy area.

The rest of my short adventure to NYC, including visiting the NYC Public Library (beautiful!) as well as additional photos, can be found on my personal blog!

Next up, New Haven, Connecticut to visit Yale College and Yale Medical School. I have been wanting to visit Yale for quite a while now after reading a biography of Harvey Cushing. I can not wait to see the Harvey Cushing Library with some of his personal brain specimens!


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