One of the key philosophies of Dr. Muller’s practice is giving back to the community through helping others. Over the past 25 years Dr. Muller has been teaching younger physicians; additionally, in the last few years, Dr. Muller has been dedicating significant time, energy and resources to two special programs.
Medical Internship/Mentorship Program
This program takes place in Dr. Muller’s office and is designed for premedical students who have graduated from college and who intend to matriculate at medical school (i.e. this is a gap year program).
This opportunity provides unparalleled, hands on clinical experience, along with real world, practical exposure to a private medical/surgical practice. It is a full-time, paid internship, with a strong emphasis on mentoring. With its continued success, this program has been expanding every year.
The Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program
For years, Dr. Muller has been an integral part of the Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program.
This program is a four-week summer enrichment experience designed to expose underprivileged, underrepresented students from inner city high schools to the vast educational resources and opportunities at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Weill Cornell medical students, residents and attending physicians serve as the mentors and teachers. This program is free of charge to participants, including providing transportation and lunch.
The program helps to expose students early to the rigors of medical education and training as it helps develop the necessary attitudes toward learning, interpersonal skills, and the self- confidence that students will need to be successful. The program also aims to inspire students to set academic and professional goals and encourages them to work cooperatively and to think critically. The curriculum consists of problem-based learning sessions, mentor/mentee sessions, visits to the anatomy lab, basic science lectures, and some classes on writing college essays.
All students who have completed this program have reported that it had a significant impact on their personal motivation to pursue a career in science or medicine, and that they were motivated to take more challenging courses in high school.
Most of the students who participate in the Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program are first generation students. Recognizing this, and understanding the value and importance of assisting our young scholars at this pivotal time in their lives, Dr. Muller has significantly expanded the college preparatory aspect of this program by providing ongoing assistance and guidance for these young scholars throughout their entire college application process.
“By helping our students to pursue higher education through acceptance to college, we can positively impact the course of their entire lives.”