Four talented high school students are jetting off to New York on a two-week research experience courtesy of the Healing Hands Essay Contest at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The students, who were judged to have written the best essays on the theme of artificial intelligence in medicine, will each receive a two-week, fully-funded scholarship to Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and Cornell University in Ithaca, upstate New York. They will have the chance to work in Weill Cornell Medicine’s world-class biomedical research laboratories, attend lectures with faculty, and visit the New York – Presbyterian Hospital.

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Jawaher Al Sulaiti, one of the four winners of the Healing Hands essay contest, with Dr Marco Ameduri (left) and Dr Rachid Bendriss.

The winning students of the 2018 Healing Hands essay contest are: Alanoud Mohammed Al Aqeedi of Qatar Academy; Jawaher Rashid Al Sulaiti of American School of Doha; Lulwa Al Hareth Al Khater of Vision International School; and Shaikha Mohammed Al Amri of Al Eman Independent School for Girls. The scholarship award also covers travel for a family member to accompany the winning student.

Healing Hands is an annual competition run by the office of student recruitment and outreach at WCM-Q. The programme is designed to encourage high school students with interest in science to think critically about topical issues in modern medicine, and to encourage them into becoming doctors. This year, students were also tasked with producing a PowerPoint presentation to accompany their essay.

Six students were also given certificates of participation, while eleven students received honourable mentions for producing essays that were really good.

Noha Saleh, director of student recruitment and outreach at WCM-Q, said the winning students will get the chance to visit one of the world’s very best medical colleges.

The standard this year was very high so I also feel certain that all who entered have gained a great deal by expanding their horizons and producing great pieces of work. I hope that each of you will continue to pursue your passion for medicine and will consider joining us here at WCM-Q in the near future.’

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