Final-year medical students of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) have secured their residencies at some of the world’s renowned academic health centres. The students will continue their training with these facilities after they graduate in May.

The medical students matched at residency training programmes with leading healthcare institutions in Qatar and the US, including Hamad Medical Corporation; New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; Case Western / University Hospital Cleveland; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center / University of California – Los Angles (UCLA); and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, among others.

The 32 students of WCM-Q Class of 2020 will join their residency programmes in the fall to begin training in their chosen specialties – dermatology, general surgery, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, paediatrics and psychiatry.

Qatari national Abdulla Al Mulla successfully matched with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond Virginia, and will join the paediatrics residency programme. He said that finding out where he matched has been an overwhelming experience for him.

I am so happy to have matched at VCU and really looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life, but at the same time I’m a little sad that a very happy chapter at WCM-Q in drawing to a close. I’ve had a really great time here and I know I’ll miss it a lot.

The annual Match Day event, which pairs soon-to-graduate medical students with residency training programmes, is highly competitive. This year over 40,000 international applicants submitted their programme choices for 37,256 available positions. Likewise, gaining acceptance to the highly regarded residency programmes at HMC requires extremely high levels of academic achievement and clinical excellence.

WCM-Q alumni who complete their residency training at elite institutions in Qatar and the US frequently go on to work in the healthcare sector in Qatar, explained Dr Thurayya Arayssi, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development.

We are extremely fortunate that many of our graduates join the excellent residency programmes at HMC and then become local consultants making huge contributions to the health of the nation.

She said that many alumni who go to the US for their residencies return to Qatar after completion, which also gives the local healthcare sector a great boost.

I extend my most sincere congratulations to the Class of 2020 for matching at truly excellent institutions in Qatar and the US.

Menatalla Mekhaimar matched at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, where she will join the internal medicine residency programme. She said she was overjoyed to have matched at Mount Sinai and excited that she will be living in New York for the next three years.

She chose Internal Medicine because when she did her clinical rotations at Hamad and her sub-internship at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and got to spend a lot of time with patients.

I really enjoy the diagnostic reasoning you do as a team. I’m sure the next three years are going to be really exciting, challenging and rewarding.

WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh congratulated the students, expressing how immensely proud they all are of their students and of their unstinting pursuit of excellence both in academic achievement and in patient care, as demonstrated by the Class of 2020. He added that he is looking forward to seeing them thrive in their new roles.