Doha College Medical Conference

For the second year running, Doha College in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medical and Research Center will host the Medical Review School Conference with the aim of inspiring and encouraging students to follow a career in science and medicine.

In March 2015, teams of science students from local schools will come together to showcase their scientific knowledge to experts from the medical and scientific fields in the hope of winning fantastic prizes.

In 2014, Doha College launched the inaugural Medical Review Schools Conference to assist students seeking a career in science and medicine and allow them access to medical experts within Qatar. Student teams from schools across Qatar competed and presented their research to a team of medical experts drawn from WCMC-Q and Sidra Medical and Research Center. The success of the inaugural event inspired the schools conference to become an annual event. Head of Biology at Doha College and the organiser of this event, Rachel Hart, said:

Last year’s event was a great success and we’ve made some changes to make this year’s event even better. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the student presentations, watching them interact with one another and compete for an impressive prize. A bonus for us will be strengthening our links with Hamad, Sidra and the Student Recruitment and Outreach Office at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, alongside all the other competing schools. It’s going to be a fabulous day!

This year, the conference has been extended to a full day to include even more students. On 14 March 2015, over 250 secondary science students aged 15-18, staff and parents from schools across Doha will take part in the conference which will be held at Doha College’s Al Waab campus.

Teams of students from different schools will compete in various pre-determined topic areas for a chance to be in the final, judged by a panel of medical experts from WCMC-Q, HMC and Sidra Medical and Research Center. The top three teams will then present to a panel of expert judges and an auditorium of parents, staff and other science students from schools around Doha. There will also be an opportunity for the students to meet with the panel of expert judges for networking opportunities.

The schools competing in this year’s conference include the hosts Doha College, Al Khor International School, Qatar International School, International School of London Qatar, Dukhan English School, Qatar Academy, Doha British School and Park House English School. The selected topic areas this year are: Diabetes, Cancer, Stem Cell Research & Gene Therapy, Diagnostic Tools & Bio-Mechanics and Cardiovascular Disease.

The finalists will compete for three fantastic prizes. Third place winners will be awarded QR1,000, second place will receive QR2,000 and the winners will receive QR3,000 plus free places at WCMC-Q’s summer enrichment programmes.

This initiative was set up by Doha College to add educational value to students within Qatar interested in Science & Medicine. It is a chance for students to showcase their medical research skills and knowledge, interact with other schools and students and encourages healthy competition. This is in line with Qatar’s 2030 Vision of human development and meet one of the key grand challenges for research into health and life sciences.