Giving Back

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.

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Sofia Lopiano

Sofia is from New Jersey and graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a degree in Neuroscience. While at Michigan, Sofia did research in a neuroscience lab, volunteered in a surgical unit and tutored elementary school students with the nonprofit 826michigan. In her free time she enjoys cooking and playing volleyball. Following her internship with Dr. Muller, Sofia plans to attend medical school.

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Isabella Rodoni

Isabella is from San Francisco, California. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Society with a minor in French. In college, she led social justice organizations, worked in research labs, and was a college ambassador. She likes to hike, cook, and spend time with friends and family in her free time. Following her internship with Dr. Muller, Isabella plans to attend medical school. 

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Olivia Piscano

Olivia is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology and a minor in Nutrition and Health. Following her internship with Dr. Muller, she plans on matriculating to medical school. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time running out-of-doors and trying new restaurants in New York City.

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Gianna Bevacqua

Gianna is from New Jersey and graduated from Georgetown University with an Honors degree in Biochemistry. She spent her college years doing research in a chemistry lab, teaching undergraduates, and working as a barista on campus. Upon graduation, she joined Dr. Muller with future plans of becoming a physician.

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Jessica Bai

Jessica, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, and Society and a minor in Inequality Studies. During her time in college, she was involved in research, volunteering, philanthropy, and teaching. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, and cook. Jessica aspires to be a physician and plans to matriculate into medical school after her internship with Dr. Muller.

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Kaylee Fitzgerald

Kaylee graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior, and a minor in Spanish. While at Cornell, Kaylee competed as a member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team and served as Captain her Senior year. While working as a medical assistant during her internship with Dr. Muller she also volunteered at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Neurology ICU. Following her internship with Dr. Muller, Kaylee entered medical school in her home state of California.

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Andie Bulbin

Andie is a New York native. She graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and a minor in Gender and Health.  Upon graduation from college she joined Dr. Muller as a medical assistant, after which she entered medical school and is studying to become a physician. In her free time, Andie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Lucie.

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Lydia Kersh

Lydia grew up in New York and attended Cornell University. Upon graduating from Cornell with a Bachelor of science degree in Biology, she obtained a Masters of Science in applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas. Upon completion of her degrees, Lydia joined Dr. Muller as a medical assistant for several years and has since entered medical school.

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Crystal Y. Chung

Crystal is currently a medical student. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological Engineering. She then worked as the Chief Medical Assistant at Dr. Jacqueline W. Muller's practice for 2.5 years. She is the first person in her family to graduate from a university in the United States. She became interested in medicine when she learned that medicine encapsulates all that she enjoys, such as problem solving, building relationships with people, and life-long learning. She hopes to become a family medicine physician one day and serve patients in marginalized communities.

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Gabriella Jeffords

Gabriella, a Texas native, graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a minor in English. Upon graduation she began working with Dr. Muller as a medical assistant.

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.”