Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Cornell University was founded in 1865 by New York Senators Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, whose vision was to create “an institution where any person can find instruction in any study”. Today, Cornell is one of the leading universities in the US and a member of the prestigious Ivy League, an elite group of universities renowned for their academic excellence. Cornell comprises undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in Ithaca, New York and world renowned medical education programs in New York City.
Weill Cornell Medical College, founded in 1898, is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. It is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the US. Weill Cornell physicians make contributions to medical research in a wide range of fields including clinical gene therapy, where Weill Cornell researchers continue to be leaders.
WCMC-Q is the latest development of that long tradition. It shares Weill Cornell Medical College’s triple mission of excellence in education, top-quality patient care, and research at the frontiers of biomedical science.
WCMC-Q is the first US medical school to offer an MD degree outside the United States. As part of the medical curriculum, students are exposed to patients and clinical training starting from day one and continuing until graduation. WCMC-Q’s facilities include the first Clinical Skills Assessment Center in the region so students can learn in a real-life setting.
From the first year, WCMC-Q students conduct joint programs with Hamad Medical Corporation, including Basic Life Support Certification, blood drives and observerships. They also have the opportunity to assist faculty in the treatment of area workers.
Students also have opportunities to conduct research in Qatar, the United States and internationally. WCMC-Q is part of a major initiative to establish a world-class biomedical research program in the country – the first of its kind in the Middle East. The program will form a bio-medical research infrastructure, developing a scientific and technical workforce for the benefit of the region. It also involves high quality research in genetic and molecular medicine, women’s and children’s health, gene therapy, stem cells, and vaccine development.
In addition to study, clinical experience, and research, WCMC-Q students participate in a range of social and recreational activities. They host events such as Basant, International Night, and a talent show, and have created several sports teams as well as 11 clubs. “Wacky Week” includes different themed days where students exhibit their school spirit.
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