Dr Amal Khidir of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the COMSEP Research and Scholarship Award in recognition of her substantial contribution to advance the field of paediatric medical education through her research and scholarly work.

Dr Khidir, who has been with WCM-Q since 2006, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatrics Clerkship, and Vice-Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). She is also an American Board-certified paediatrician who holds clinical privileges at Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra Medicine. A long-standing advocate for children’s health and rights, she is a member and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and a member of the Section of International Child Health at AAP. Dr Khidir holds active licenses to practise paediatrics in the US, Qatar and Sudan.

COMSEP Research and Scholarship Award

The COMSEP Research and Scholarship Award is bestowed by the Council of Medical Students Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP), a North American-based organisation that brings together a community of paediatric educators and administrators who are passionate about advancing the art and science of medical student education in paediatrics.

Among Dr Khidir’s many achievements, she has presented over 30 national and international faculty development workshops. She has inspired, mentored and supervised medical students, many of whom have chosen paediatrics as their career path. She also supervised students in an Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) grant to study anthropometric measurements, nutritional habits, and physical activity of school children and adolescents in Qatar. She is currently conducting a study titled, ‘Impact of Perceived Generational Differences on Learning Project: A Multicenter, Multiphase Collaborative Study.’ She also coordinates the annual ‘Cornell Stars’ activity, in which new third-year WCM-Q medical students interact with children to gain experience and help them become accustomed to working with younger patients. The event has migrated to the online space during the pandemic.

Dr Khidir said she is thrilled and honoured to receive the COMSEP award and very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve and advance medical and health education through her scholarly work.

I am grateful for being a member of COMSEP, WCMQ and the medical education community.

I value and appreciate my patients, colleagues and students for their support, which has been so important to my work.

For more details about the COMSEP Awards, visit comsep.org. For updates and more information about WCM-Q, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu

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