Final year medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) have matched with residency programmes at some of the world’s most prestigious university hospitals, securing highly coveted places on residency training programmes at elite-level healthcare institutions in Qatar and the United States.

These facilities include Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Case Western/University Hospital Cleveland, Duke University Medical Centre in Durham, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre.

The medical specialities that the students will be pursuing once they graduated include anaesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics-gynaecology, pathology, paediatrics, psychiatry and general surgery. They will join the residency programmes in the fall.

Speaking at a ceremony held at WCM-Q to mark Match Day, Said Alnajjer, who matched with the general surgery residency programme at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said he would never make it this far if it wasn’t for Qatar Foundation and Qatar.

I really hope in the future to come back here and serve this country as it provided me with this opportunity.’

Match Day is a pivotal moment in any doctor’s career, with thousands of students in the US and all over the world vying for places on residency programmes. The process, which is administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in Washington, DC, is highly competitive. This year, a record 38,376 applicants competed for 35,185 positions.

This year also, ten WCM-Q students matched at Hamad Medical Corporation and 33 students matched with residency programmes in the US. Qatari national Shaikha Al Thani thanked her family and friends for their unconditional support. She said she cannot believe this day is finally here. She congratulated everyone after she was matched with the general surgery residency programme at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre.

WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh gave thanks to the friends and family members of the students, the WCM-Q faculty and staff, and to Qatar Foundation for its generosity in support of the students.

My heartiest congratulations to all of you for this wonderful achievement; you have done exceedingly well and all of us at WCM-Q are immensely proud of you. As you go out into the real world, remember us and remember that we are always here to support you, whether you stay here in Qatar or if you go overseas.’

For more information about the Match Day event at WCM-Q, visit