For the health professionals of the future who are graduating from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) this year, their step into the next stage of their lives is being taken in a world where the need for highly-skilled and equally highly-dedicated healthcare workers is driven home by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest batch of graduates from the Qatar Foundation partner university have seen the crisis bring them the responsibilities that their chosen profession carries. And as one member of Class of 2020, Dr Abdullah Al Mulla says, they feel, as medical graduates, a great responsibility and great enthusiasm to contribute to tackling this pandemic.

We realise the magnitude of the challenges that will face us, but our belief in the nobility of the message that we carry as doctors motivates us and increases our will and strength.

Dr Abdullah Al Mulla
Dr Abdullah Al Mulla

The new doctor added that they see healthcare workers around the world risking their lives to save others, and how they have turned into heroes in people’s eyes, giving him more motivation and enthusiasm to get onto the frontlines and use the knowledge and moral principles gained from WCM-Q to also help in the fight against the pandemic.

The Class of 2020’s achievements at WCM-Q were celebrated through a recent online graduation ceremony. Dr Al Mulla, who will now embark on a residency in paediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth Hospital in the US as the next step in his medical career, said that his journey in WCM-Q, beginning from when he was accepted to join its foundation programme, has truly built him into the person he is today.

Dr Al Mulla explained that WCM-Q has driven him to develop the skills to become a well-rounded physician, stretching beyond medical capabilities and into areas such as time management and studying efficiently.

Sometimes, in medicine, a physician might forget that a patient is sitting in front of them and instead sees just a case that needs to be solved, a disease that needs to be treated. But WCM-Q’s amazing clinical team and professors have reminded us of the importance of the human side of medicine.

He said that all patients are humans; they have their ups and downs; they have their loved ones the same as everyone else. And that is why, as healthcare professionals, they must be really humble about their role and honoured that patients trust them with their lives.

To learn more about the medical programme at WCM-Q, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.