Qatar’s newest doctors from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) were celebrated during the school’s annual graduation ceremony recently, graced by no less than HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation.

Forty-nine students – 12 of whom are Qatari – received their US-accredited MD degrees in front of VIP, faculty, family and friends. The graduates will now embark on the next stage of their careers when they take up residency positions at elite-level healthcare institutions in Qatar and in the United States. They will pursue specialisations at Hamad Medical Corporation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

WCM-Q has produced 384 new doctors since their first graduation ceremony in 2008. This year’s batch comprises of 26 men and 23 women.

WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh congratulated the new doctors on their achievements.

Graduation is the culmination of everything that we at WCM-Q strive for, both as faculty and as students, and it is the highlight of the academic year. I speak for everyone at the college when I say that it gives us all tremendous pleasure to be able to address these young, talented people, as ‘doctor’ for the very first time.

Dr Sheikh said that becoming a physician is no easy task, and the Class of 2019 demonstrated great commitment to their studies, intellectual curiosity and compassion for their patients.

These qualities will develop as they progress through their careers and I look forward to seeing many of them working in hospitals in Qatar, healing the sick, sharing their wisdom with future generations and contributing to building the country’s world-class healthcare system in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.’

Everyone at WCM-Q is confident that these new doctors will be wonderful ambassadors for the college, for Qatar Foundation and for the entire nation, demonstrating Qatar’s commitment to unlocking human potential to the whole world.’

Student speaker and Class of 2019 graduate Dr Moaz Abdelrehim said he had huge respect for the compassion of fellow graduates.

It is truly an honour to be graduating alongside a group of doctors, but more importantly people, as caring as you are. To willingly wake up each morning in pursuit of a career that confronts suffering on a regular basis and demands substantial amount of self-sacrifice is truly amazing. And now as we each go on to pursue our residencies or our research, our white coats will become longer and heavier because of the growing commitment and self-sacrifice required by this profession.’

Dr Aisha Yousuf of Sidra Medicine was the keynote speaker, while Dr Augustine Choi of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, also delivered an inspiring speech during the ceremony.

As you go forth as new physicians, I urge you to remember the lessons you’ve learned here at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as the friends and colleagues you’ve made. They will sustain you as you find your own path and your own way to Care, Discover, and Teach. I wish you all the best and we want you to know that you will always have a home at Weill Cornell Medicine.’

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