Forty students from different high schools across Qatar completed the challenging Qatar Aspiring Doctors Program (QADP), an initiative run by the Office of Student Outreach and Educational Development at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The programme, which runs from October until March each year, provides rigorous tuition in the physical sciences, biology, research and English for academic purposes, to inspire and prepare motivated students to study medicine at WCM-Q.

Having successfully completed the programme, the 40 students from grades 10, 11 and 12 from private and government schools were presented with certificates of achievement during an online ceremony.

QADP

Dr James Roach, Associate Dean for Pre-medical Education and Professor of Chemistry, who delivers the physical sciences modules said that the programme is actually a recruitment programme and an effective one at that. He said that majority of Qatari students in Foundation and Pre-Med came through QADP. However, he added that the benefits of the programme go beyond recruitment.

QADP gives students familiarity with WCM-Q, its personnel, and its facilities before they matriculate as students. It serves to ease that transition from high school to college. QADP’s academic content also prepares students better for the rigours of a college curriculum.

Aside from Dr Roach, the QADP curriculum is also taught by Dr Rachid Bendriss, Dr Ghizlane Bendriss and Reya Saliba.

Qatar Aspiring Doctors Program

QADP is primarily aimed at Qatari nationals. Entry to the programme is through nomination by school counsellors, who put forward students who have shown academic excellence in school, particularly in science and mathematics. Students must also have a good understanding of English and show a keen interest in pursuing a career in medicine.

QADP is delivered alongside the students’ normal school curriculum and is customised to fit the timetables and academic requirements of each individual participant.

This year’s programme was the first to be delivered entirely online since its launch in 2015, owing to lockdown measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Student Reema Mohammad Ali Al Emadi from Al Maha Academy for Girls completed the QADP with honours. Speaking at the completion ceremony, she said that the experience showed her what academic life is like at WCM-Q, giving her a better understanding of university curriculums, learning methods and tools and – most importantly – what the university expects from students like her.

Dr Bendriss said that QADP has been remarkably successful at attracting Qatari students to join the six-year Medical Program or the Foundation Program at WCM-Q, which provides further tuition in math, the sciences and English, preparing students for the six-year course. A good number of Qatari nationals currently enrolled in the two WCM-Q programmes actually completed QADP, a testament to the importance of QADP, among other outreach programmes, in attracting and retaining a talented student population at WCM-Q.

For more information about QADP, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu.


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