Student Experience

Katharine Wilcox (5 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Weill Cornell Medical College

Katharine graduated from Harvard with a BA in History of Science in 2014, and is currently a second year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC. She works as a patient education coordinator at the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, where she teaches nutrition education to patients. Her interest in food policy and love of cooking (and of course good food!) intersect in a passion for nutrition and its integration into the medical sphere.


Like Mother, Like Daughter

Despite years of research, scientists have yet to determine how to solve the childhood obesity epidemic. While attempts are made to understand the contribution of one's genetic and socioeconomic exposure in the future development of obesity, physicians can take steps concrete steps to help families live healthier.

Stories From The Wards: Is Pediatric Nutrition Advice Outdated?

“She isn’t gaining enough weight, I’m worried,” said a very frazzled-looking father, immediately as my preceptor and I stepped through the exam room door. We were anticipating this father's reaction, as we had noted on the growth chart before entering the room that 18-month-old Lily was not gaining weight appropriately.

Cooking For Boards

When I reflect on my life, there is not a single moment I can think of where I didn’t suffer from anxiety. Cooking has helped me cope with my anxiety throughout medical school.

What Are Medical Students Eating?

What I don’t hear is, why don’t students cook? Though I occasionally will talk to a classmate who has finally transitioned to some light meal preparation after avoiding the subject during the undergraduate years, I more often hear that med students simply don’t like to cook.

From The Wards: How We View Obesity

Obesity is not a new problem to the everyday American. Over the last few decades, we have been bombarded with news of overwhelming obesity and of the alarming childhood obesity running rampant. In the hospital, we see countless patients coming in with obesity as a direct cause of their acute presentation or obesity as an...

Back to Basics: Integrating Nutrition into Community Care

The patients at the WCCC are uninsured, and they often work multiple jobs, with long hours and low wages. In some ways, they’re not so different than medical students when it comes to budgeting their time and money for food, and their concerns are shared by many.

Fighting Food-Borne Infection Can Help Our Local Food Economy

As physicians we promote eating unprocessed, fresh fruits and vegetables, we need to work with the food industry to ensure that minimally processed products are safe for consumers.

Should Hospitals Take the Lead in Changing our Food Environment?

We are beginning to understand that certain highly processed foods can lead to disease, but what is the best method of confronting these foods in our hospitals?