Doha College students were recently invited by the CEO and Medical Director of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Dr Alexander Knuth to visit the state-of-the-art facilities of the country’s premier cancer hospital. 

NCCCR – the only cancer centre in Qatar – is a member of Hamad Medical Corporation, the leading provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in the country. It is also one of the sponsors of the Doha College annual Medical Review School Conference.

Doha College at NCCCRAccording to the Legatum Institute 2019, Qatar’s health care system is ranked as the fifth best in the world and first in the Middle East. Doha College takes every opportunity to support Qatar National Vision 2030, which affirms a commitment to healthcare by encouraging its students and equipping them for a career in the medical profession.

In keeping with this, Doha College puts forward two teams for a Medical Conference hosted by Park House English School earlier this year, and one of the teams won first place for their presentation on Genetic Modification in Cancer Treatment (CAR T). It was their research on the use and effectiveness of CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) that captured the attention of the judging panel and culminated in this prestigious invitation by Dr Knuth.

During the visit, the students discussed the topics they presented on with Professor Knuth and a group of doctors, who were all very impressed by their efficiency, high quality of research and their presentations, which were based on the most important medical developments in recent years.

Students were given a brief introduction to the NCCCR and its clinical facilities by Executive Director Paul Mavin. They were taken on a guided, interactive tour by Rabih Hammoud, the Chief of Medical Physics of the Radiation Oncology department.

The students learned about the inter-disciplinary nature of the medical profession, got a sneak-peek into the world of cutting-edge technology, latest techniques and methodologies and state-of-the-art and equipment. They learnt about the nature of patient care and were advised on how they can progress in their medical education. Doha College looks forward to future collaborations with the NCCCR.

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