It takes an exceptional person to become a great physician or scientist. But excellence in medicine requires relationships that connect, and that's why at Weill Cornell we place a special focus on mentoring. It's the foundation of the best patient care, and the next big discoveries. That emphasis starts here in the dean's office, and I am very proud of the results.
I was drawn to biology because it helped to explain so many things that you just kind of take for granted. In the fall you've seen that the leaves have changed colors. Why did that happen? Well, biology can tell you exactly why that happened. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 18 months old. I think that that did feed into, ultimately, my interest in how things work, how they're put together and operate. It's always been impressive, rather than disenchanting.
I am a graduate student studying immunology. We study a process that is really important for driving certain kinds of asthma. And we hope that through our work we can develop a drug that helps treat patients that have this kind of asthma. My mentor is Dr. Laurie Glimcher. I joined her lab back at Harvard University, and when she became Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College I moved down to join her.
Friday I'm going to go have a meeting with Laurie to discuss the paper we are about to submit for publication. Basically, I need to submit this paper to graduate. It's been stressful for about a year now, but we're finally at the culmination of everything. The goal is always to try to publish in the best tier of journal, so we're aiming high.
Sometimes you get too deep in what you're doing, and you can't think clearly anymore. And you're just so deeply invested, and stuck in your thought that was perfect and beautiful, and totally was not real. Sometimes you feel very overwhelmed with all of the things you have to get done.
Laurie just says, yes, you can. You can do this. She has this incredible ability to convince you that you can do whatever it is that you feel is impossible. To show that we really know why their cell populations are messed up.
[INAUDIBLE] when splicing occurs, and at which the phenotype starts to manifest.
Right. So we've locked down on where it hits.
And it's kind of sustained at this very high level, until it's finally mature.
She's gonna help you.
That's great. I hope she's on my committee.
Yeah, she's very smart. She got her PhD not that long ago.
Oh, really? She beat me. That was where the problem happens.
Yep. But if you look at GMPs, you've got to wonder what happens.
Right. I don't think that my experience with Laurie is ever really going to leave my consciousness. And 20 years from now, her influence will be there.
Great. Glad we kept them here instead of going to the west coast.
No, totally. Yeah, we'll go to the west coast after [? pizza, ?] or something.
She asks about my boyfriend, and how things are going. Back when he lived in Boston, she would occasionally just say, so, when's he moving down? She always thinks that the conversation is really not only equal, but sometimes even edging towards female centric.
This is where all of the ideas about how to do science, how to approach science, how to approach life, really-- It's the slowest seesaw in the world! Are all ingrained, and they become more concrete. Her influence on me cannot be overstated. Multiple parallel tracks of my life are coming together right now, in a positive way.
My boyfriend just moved down, I'm about to graduate from my PhD program, so we have about a year and a half left to enjoy New York, and then future is completely open. I finished.
But we're both really excited to tackle it.
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At Weill Cornell, the focus on mentoring starts in Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher's office. Sarah Bettigole is a doctoral student in immunology who turns to Dr. Glimcher for guidance on her research, her future and being a woman in science.
Get an inside look at life at Weill Cornell Medical College and meet the people who shape the institution. The first season of Inside Medicine explores the different forms mentorship can take in medicine. Meet a patient who guides the next generation of physicians, a student about to earn her doctorate under the dean's counsel and an experienced psychobiologist who advises an early-career physician-scientist.