Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) welcomed talented high school students from eight countries to their Virtual Summer Program (VSP), a week-long online initiative that offers a glimpse of life as a medical student at an elite university.

A total of 76 high school students in Qatar, Morocco, Kuwait, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and UAE logged in for the five-day programme, which featured online learning classes in biology, chemistry, anatomy and disease investigation led by the world-class teaching faculty of WCM-Q.

The VSP, which was offered by the WCM-Q Office of Student Outreach and Educational Development, also included sessions delivering information on careers in medicine, advice on how to write a personal statement for college applications, a meeting with admissions professionals and an introduction to the WCM-Q Student Research Association. There were also free-form live chat sessions at the end of each day to allow students to get to know one another and ask questions.

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Noha Saleh, Director of Pre-Medical Administration, Student Outreach and Educational Development welcomed the students to the event.

Our newly launched VSP, which is part of our Enrichment Program series,  gives us an extremely effective tool for reaching out to the very brightest minds from schools all over Qatar, the MENA region and beyond, to show them just how exciting and rewarding studying and pursuing careers in medicine through WCM-Q can be.

She said that the students and faculty engaged with great enthusiasm and energy and created a real buzz online, making the inaugural VSP a remarkable success.

We are looking forward to receiving many high-quality applications to study at WCM-Q as a result.

WCM-Q offers a unique, fully-integrated Six-Year Medical Program, which comprises a two-year pre-medical curriculum and a four-year medical curriculum. Students who successfully complete the programme receive the same Cornell University MD degree awarded to graduates of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Student Lujin Al Mesri of Swiss International School in Qatar, said that the VSP provided useful advice about the application process and pursuing a career in medicine, and had also been very inspiring.

Dr Rachid Bendriss, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach and Foundation Programs, said they are very pleased to see how they were able to leverage technology to offer prospective students a Virtual Summer Program that excites them and helps promote their interest in science and medicine in an engaging and stimulating manner.

Visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu for more information about WCM-Q.