There are 34 new doctors in the world, 13 of whom are Qatari nationals, following the graduation of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) Class of 2018 at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel recently.

The new physicians mean that WCM-Q, under the patronage of Qatar Foundation, has now graduated a total of 335 doctors since Class of 2008 received their Cornell MD degrees. With 13 Qatari citizens, Class of 2018 has the greatest number of nationals to graduate in one year.

WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh paid tribute to the hard work, dedication and compassion of the new doctors.

Graduation is the highlight of the academic year; it is the culmination of everything that we strive for. The Class of 2018 have demonstrated great commitment to their studies, intellectual curiosity and compassion for their patients. These qualities will continue to grow and develop as they progress through their careers and care for their patients in Qatar’s hospitals and the wider world.’

This year is also particularly significant because of the number of Qatari nationals graduating from WCM-Q. More than a third of the Class of 2018 are national citizens. The 34 new doctors will now join the ranks of their fellow alumni, who are working at Hamad Medical Corporation and other leading hospitals around the world.

Class speaker Fatima Al Maadid told her classmates that they privileged for their education. She urged her fellow graduates to be the voice of the people.

In a world that oppresses this truth and tries to forget humanity, in a world where cynicism eclipses idealism, your voice is to personify the people and the world of possibilities. Do not take the responsibility lightly.’

Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar is a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation. It offers a comprehensive six-year medical programme leading to the Cornell University MD degree.

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