Foundation and second-year Premedical students at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) recently gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of their programmes.

Ten students completed the one-year Foundation Program this year, designed to equip talented high school graduates with advanced proficiency in English, mathematics and the basic sciences in preparation for entry to WCM-Q’s six-year integrated programme. Meanwhile, 47 students completed the two-year Premedical Curriculum, which forms the first part of WCM-Q’s six-year Medical Program.

In attendance to congratulate the students were Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean of WCM-Q, Dr Marco Ameduri, Associate Dean for Premedical Education, and Dr Rachid Bendriss, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach and Foundation Programs.

Dr Ameduri commended the students for their accomplishment.

I am certain that this success has inspired you to continue to work diligently towards the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.’

Foundation student Aljazi Al-Khalifa said she enjoyed every course on the programme.

It was a little overwhelming at first, but we quickly got used to it and it has been so much fun. We learned so much and the experience has made me even more enthusiastic and excited about becoming a doctor.’

Students who complete the WCM-Q Premedical Curriculum along with all academic requirements automatically gain promotion to the next four years of the programme. Completion of the entire six-year programme leads to the same Cornell University MD degree that is awarded to students who graduate from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Second-year Premed student Mohamed Ahmed said that their group has grown stronger and closer.

I feel that our professors and teaching specialists not only helped us master a lot of difficult material, but also showed us how to learn and think independently.’

Dr Sheikh said that completing either one of the programmes is an important milestone on the students’ journey to becoming a doctor and a significant achievement in its own right.

I offer all of our students my warmest congratulations and I look forward to seeing you continue on the path to becoming part of the next generation of doctors serving communities in Qatar, the region and theworld.’

Visit the WCM-Q website for more information about their Premedical and Foundation Program.