Orientation to Weill Cornell Medicine

When: The first Monday following your arrival (or the Monday that coincides with your first day)

Where: 2nd floor, Belfer Building, 413 East 69th St.

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Orientation Highlights

  • Information Technologies & Services (including Weill Cornell ID & e-mail)
  • Benefits
  • Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety Training
  • Discounts & Perks

Information Technologies & Services

The Information Technologies & Services Department (ITS) provides comprehensive IT infrastructure, management, service, training and support for the Weill Cornell Medicine community. Please visit the SMARTDesk for any technical assistance you may need connecting your laptop or mobile device to WCM systems.

Computer Assistance:

  • Call (212) 746-4878
  • Monday-Friday
  • 7 a.m. -7 p.m.

WCM Library Commons

1300 York Avenue

New York, NY

M-F 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun. 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

E-mail Activation:

The Center Wide ID, (or “CWID”, pronounced “seaweed”), is a unique identifier consisting of a seven character username assigned to all faculty, staff, and students. This ID is used to log into most major WCM and NewYork-Presbyterian computing systems. It also constitutes the first section of the WCM email address (CWID@med.cornell.edu). CWIDs usually consist of three initials of the user's name (first-middle-last, or for those with no middle name, two letters from the first name and one from the last) and a four digit numeric identifier.

The administrative manager of your department will begin the e-mail account creation process. Either prior to, or on your Orientation date, you will be issued a temporary password which can be reset. Web mail online can be accessed through Microsoft Office 365.


ITS provides electronic distribution of all WCMC-supported applications. Download software for your work computer.

The WCM Samuel J. Wood Library provides a Scientific Software Hub where you can find software that is supported by the library.

ITS also provides the WCM community with all the necessary tools to fulfill personal software purchasing needs. The OnTheHub store allows faculty, staff, and students to purchase personal licenses of popular software to use on your home devices.

Emergency Information:

In order to receive official notifications, your DA should submit your initial contact info via Weill Cornell Online Directory

Cornell Emergency is the place for emergency announcements, contact numbers, procedures, and planning.

Emergency Notifications through Weill Cornell Alert are sent to phones, email, & pagers.

You can update your emergency contact information by e-mail alerts@med.cornell.edu. Provide name, CWID, updated contact information and related device (e.g. home phone, cell phone, alternate email). Or log onto the Online Directory. Update Contact Information.

ITS will install an Weill Cornell Medicine Emergency App on your cell phone and desktop shortcut on your work computer providing a link to the Weill Cornell Emergency website.


The Weill Cornell Medicine Benefits Guide, which you should receive at Onboarding from Human Resources provides a general overview of our employee plans and programs. Note that Weill Cornell Medicine benefits vary slightly between staff members, postdoctoral associates, and faculty.

As a postdoctoral associate, you are eligible to participate in most of the benefits described in the Guide with a few key differences, displayed below.


Key Difference

More Information

Faculty & Exempt Retirement Plan

Postdoctoral Associates do not participate in the Faculty & Exempt Retirement Plan. Note that you are eligible to participate in the Voluntary Employee Retirement Plan.

Refer to the Benefits GuidePDF icon 2020_benefits_guide.pdf

Non-Exempt & Frozen Retirement Plan

Postdoctoral Associates do not participate in the Non-Exempt & Frozen Retirement Plan.

Refer to the Benefits Guide


Full-time Postdoctoral Associates accrue vacation time at a rate of one day a month, for a total of twelve days a year. Vacation for part-time Associates is prorated.

Refer to the Academic Staff Handbook

Short-Term Disability Coverage

Postdoctoral Associates are covered under the Salary Continuance Policy instead of Short-Term Disability. Salary Continuance provides 50% of your salary for up to three months while seeking treatment or care for your own serious health condition.

Refer to the Academic Staff Handbook

Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program

Academic employees who hold an MD or PhD are not eligible to participate in the Tuition Reimbursement Program.

Refer to the Benefits Guide


You have 31 days to enroll in your health insurance benefits—don’t forget!

Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Training

EHS provides education and training on safety issues relevant to postdoctoral scholars.

It also provides core & specialized safety classes:

  • Fire Safety
  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Emergency Planning & Response
  • Occupational Safety
  • Transport of Hazardous Materials
  • Waste Management & Disposal

Discounts & Perks

Discounts include:

  • Phone service providers (Sprint, Verizon, & AT&T)
  • Rental Cars
  • YMCA
  • NY Sports Club
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Estee Lauder
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Plum Benefits
  • 6 Flags Theme Park

Detailed Information about Discounts.

Additional perks include:

  •  Movies -$9 tickets for AMC Theaters
  • Asphalt Green –$5 day pass for fabulous sports center
  • Ticket sales from Eventbrite

Discounted tickets for:

  • Broadway plays
  • New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • New York Metropolitan Opera
  • New York City Ballet
  • Sporting events