Four ambitious Qatari high school students will go on a two-week scholarship experience in the US after winning the top awards in the annual Healing Hands essay competition organised by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

Students Ahmed Al-Sulaiti and Maryam Al-Thani of Qatar Academy Al Wakra, Al Dana AlDehaimi of SEK International School Qatar, and Tameem Al Maadeed of the International School of Choueifat-Doha, each won the WCM-Q Doctors of the Future scholarship for writing the best 800-word essays on the potential of precision medicine to improve health in Qatar.

Eleven more students won Honorable Mention certificates also in recognition of their essays. The four winning students will spend two weeks on an educational trip to the US.

The contest by the Office of Student Outreach and Educational Development at WCM-Q is open to Qatari students in grades 10 and 11, designed to inspire young nationals to think about careers in medicine and biomedical science. Many previous winners of the Healing Hands contest eventually enrolled at WCM-Q.

Winning essays

In her essay, winner Maryam Al-Thani wrote:

A common misconception is that precision medicine is time-consuming. However, Qatar’s technology streamlines the data analysis process, making precision medicine more practical by reducing the time, energy and expense by reaching (an) effective prognosis the first time instead of using a trial and error approach, rendering Qatar a suitable country for this innovation.

Noha Saleh, Director of Pre-Medical Administration, Student Outreach and Educational Development, offered her warmest congratulations to the four winners.

I hope they will find their trip to Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and Cornell University to be a source of great inspiration and motivation on their journey to become doctors of the future.

The following students received honourable mentions for their essays:

  • Aisha Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Fatima Mohammed AlKaabi and Roudha Khaled Al-Shamali (Hayat Universal Bilingual School)
  • Amna Abdulla Al-Meraikhi (Qatar International School)
  • Baina Saeed Al-Marri (Al Arqam Academy for Girls)
  • Essa Mubarak Al-Buainain, Laila Khalid Al-Ansari and Maryam Zayd Al-Jedea (Qatar Academy Al Wakra)
  • Mohammed Ali Al-Tamimi (DeBakey High School for Health Professionals at Qatar)
  • Talal Almarri (Swiss International School in Qatar)
  • Tameem Mohammed Al-Abdulqader (Qatar Science & Technology Secondary School for Boys)

Associate Dean Dr Rachid Bendriss said that the standard of the essays entered into this year’s Healing Hands contest was very high and they were extremely impressed with the sophistication of the arguments that the students put forth. He also extended her congratulations to all the winners, including those who received honourable mentions, for their excellent work.

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