The Orientation Programs at WCM-Q are mandatory for all incoming students. The interactive program serves to familiarize students with the faculty, their classmates, WCM-Q facilities, and university policies and regulations. This is achieved through a variety of lectures, activities, presentations, formal discussions and social gatherings. Many logistical processes are also taken care of during this time such as issuing student ID’s, lockers, mailboxes and laptops.
Students participate in community service activities, which aim at enhancing their social belonging and the concept of giving back to their community. They also engage in fun and interactive discussions and activities with their faculty members in order to build stronger relationships between them and enhance communication.
At the end of the orientation, the Dean and the faculty of WCM-Q celebrate the students at a ceremony entitled “The Opening Exercises.” This is an open event where family and loved ones are invited to attend.
The purpose of the Student Ambassador Program is to retain high quality applicants to WCM-Q and to assist in the execution of major events held on campus.
The Student Ambassador Program is made up of student volunteers who represent WCM-Q during building tours, major events, and orientation programs. One of the primary responsibilities of the program is to promote WCM-Q to applicants and visitors.
The Division of Student Affairs seeks highly motivated individuals who are outgoing, friendly, possess excellent communication skills, and are excited about their experience at WCM-Q. Students can apply to be an Ambassador after they have completed at least one academic semester.
For more information on the Student Ambassador Program, please contact Ms. Faten Shunnar, Assistant Director of Student Affairs at 4492-8518 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are currently 29 registered student clubs and organizations at WCM-Q, ranging from various sports clubs to charitable and humanitarian clubs. We actively encourage students with similar interest to come together, organize and register themselves as clubs. These clubs are very active and participate in various events with other campuses within Education City whether it is soccer, debating, cultural awareness or the music club. Through these interactions, we work to foster international connections with students from the various Education City campuses. List of WCM-Q clubs and organizations
Students and applicants who are citizens of the State of Qatar should contact the Scholarship Office of the Higher Education Institute (HEI) or Sidra Medical and Research Center (SIDRA) regarding procedures for funding their education.
If you are not a citizen of the State of Qatar, you may be eligible to receive need-based financial aid through Qatar Foundation in the form of a no-interest loan. Additionally, each year a limited number of merit scholarships are offered only to medical students nominated by the college based on top academic achievement alone.
Once admitted to WCM-Q, students seeking financial aid should submit their application online. For updated information Financial Aid deadlines and further information on how to apply, click here or contact Qatar Foundation directly at email: email@example.com.
Due to national and university regulations there are specific requirements and documentation our students need in order to begin their studies at WCM-Q.
While the requirements for each student may be different depending on their nationality and country of origin, there are some basic documents that need to be submitted to WCM-Q Financial Aid & Immigration Specialist, Mrs. Samar Wahbi, by all students:
- A color photocopy of your passport (valid at least for 6 months from date of entry). If you have dual citizenship, be sure to provide a color copy of both passports.
Note: Students who reside in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries need to present a copy of the Residence Permit page;
- 12 passport size photos with white background;
- 12 passport size photos without white background (any other color);
- Certificate of your blood type;
As per Qatar National Immigration policy, all sponsored international students holding valid Residence Permit are required to obtain an Exit Permit in order to leave Qatar for any amount of time. All international students attending WCM-Q are sponsored by Qatar Foundation (QF) and must obtain a document (exit permit) stating that your sponsor has no objection to you leaving the country. This includes times of academic breaks, end of term, summer breaks, and weekend trips. In other words, anytime sponsored students want to leave the State of Qatar for any amount of time.
It is important to note that typical objections are related to pending or unresolved financial matters such as payment of tuition and housing fees.
Steps to Apply for an Exit Permit:
- Make sure you have a zero balance of your housing & tuition fees.
- Submit the exit request via (https://immigration.qf.org.qa/eimmigrationbc/) ***IMPORTANT: Forms must be submitted at least 10 days prior to travel date to allow for time to process your request.
No Objection Letter
Those sponsored by Qatar Foundation will always need a "No Objection Letter" when:
- requesting a visa for personal reasons (tourist visa);
- requesting to apply for a driving license;
- requesting to be temporarily exempt from military service in your home country.
Contact Mrs. Samar Wahbi for details on how to obtain a No Objection Letter.
Ms. Samar Wahbi
Financial Aid and Immigration Specialist,
Weill Cornell students who come from countries outside of Qatar are eligible to receive a Residence Permit that allows them to obtain a State of Qatar Health Card. This card assures that students have complete and confidential health care at government health facilities – Al Gharafa Health Center and the Hamad Medical Corporation.
Students who seek healthcare from a private clinic or hospital, or from the private (evening) clinics at the Hamad Hospital, will be responsible for all costs related to treatment. Medical insurance can be purchased from private companies operating in Doha.
QF Medical Clinics - HBKU Student Center
(974)5563-2206 or (974)4454-1244
Al Gharafa Health Center
Vaccinations can be provided by Mesaimeer Health Center, Tel: (974) 44064255
For more information regarding vaccinations, please contact Ms. ShyRose Baloch, Assistant Registrar at 4492-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our aim at WCM-Q is to provide maximum support and empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices through education, consultation, assessment and treatment.
Robert Beilke, Ph.D., Psychologist – Learning Support Specialist
Dr. Beilke joined Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar in April of 2015. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Washington and comes to WCM-Q with over 25 years of experience as a psychologist, including 15 years as Director of Pediatric Psychology and Social Work Services at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Washington. He has served as a therapist, clinical psychologist, consultant and instructor in both university and medical settings. In addition, he is a consultant, visiting psychologist, and trainer to non-profit organizations in Swaziland and Zambia. He is licensed within the state of Washington in the U.S.
Dr. Beilke offers students free and confidential psychological services. He counsels students with depressive, anxious, stress-related complications, and other concerns that negatively impact academic performance. In addition, he offers psychological assessments for students to help identify the presence of learning disabilities, information processing deficits, memory challenges as well as attention and concentration concerns. Dr. Beilke, along with Ms. Gala, offers seminars and individual coaching in skills to help students manage the pressures of university. These may include stress management, balanced lifestyle, personal strengths, and mindfulness practices.
may be scheduled by contacting Dr. Beilke directly at email@example.com or 4492-8537. He is located in C155 and has office hours from 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Later appointments are available upon request.
Donna Gala, M.A., Health and Wellness Coordinator
Ms. Gala promotes health and wellness for students at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. Ms. Gala completed her undergraduate and graduate (Clinical Psychology) education in California, USA where she also worked in counseling roles in hospital and educational settings. Prior to joining WCM-Q, she served as the Student Health and Wellness Counselor at Georgetown University in Qatar and UCL-Qatar.
Ms. Gala offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. At WCM-Q she provides a wide range of physical, nutritional, and mental health wellness activities. Additionally, she coordinates student support activities, conducts weekly wellness programs, collaborates with other community entities to promote wellness across Education City, and offers free and confidential counseling services.
Ms. Gala maintains office hours 8 am to 4 pm Sunday – Thursday for either walk-in or scheduled appointments (after 4 pm by appointment only). Her office is located in C153. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4492-8532.
Additional Counseling Services
The WCM-Q Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a short-term counseling and referral service offered by LifeSolutions. These services are confidential and free for WCM-Q staff and students as well as their families. LifeSolutions will provide up to 6 sessions per issue. Contact may be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Counseling may be provided over the telephone or through face to face sessions in Doha.
A LifeSolutions Counselor can be contacted in Doha by calling +974 4492-8646 and the call will be forwarded automatically; if overseas, students, employees and their families can reach assistance at any time by calling +44 208 987 6550 (by calling and reversing charges, or call direct and someone will call back); contact via email: email@example.com; or via the Life Solutions website: http://www.lifesolutionsforyou.com. When contacting LifeSolutions, please use our company code: WCMC-Q.
Through presentations, information sharing, and one-on-one academic counseling, we provide students with what they need in order to make good decisions and to be successful. The staff counselors are available to assist students with personal and academic counseling needs. They serve as your first contact for any questions of the Student Affairs Division. Conversations had with the Student Academic Counselor can be kept confidential at the request of the individual. Feel free to drop in or make an appointment if you have questions or any problems arise during your educational career.Advising Hours
Please note that the advising hours are as follows:
- Drop in hours on Sunday and Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
- By Appointment on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Please note that all appointments for Monday and Wednesdays should be made by 12pm the same day. If no appointments are made for the evening advising hours, academic counselors will work normal hours 7:30am - 3:30pm.
- To book an appointment, please email your Student Academic Counselor.
- Sadiq Mohamed for Medicine 1-4 students – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sumaira Akber for Foundation and Pre-med students – email@example.com
- Lillian Rice – Assistant Director for Academic Counseling – firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognize that our students work hard in the first 2 years of the pre-medical curriculum to be promoted to the medical curriculum. With this in mind we provide workshops and seminars to help you meet your goals:
- Study Skills & Time Management
- Enhancing Professional Development
- Teacher Learner Environment workshop
- Resume Structure & Development
- MCAT Preparatory Course
- How to Apply to Medical School
As part of the medical school promotion process, you will be required to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). WCM-Q assists its students in applying for the exam in the Spring of the Premed 2 year. In addition, every year the pre-medical faculty hosts a 4-week MCAT Preparatory Course after the end of the 1st year of the Pre-Medical program. To assist students with their studying, WCM-Q offers resource support to eligible students.
These sessions provide Foundation and Pre-Medical students with the opportunity to improve their academics skill base and to identify and manage anxiety related issues that may impede academic performance. Through these presentations, students are provided general information related to study habits and recommendations on maximizing the energy put into studying for optimal academic results.Basic Interviewing
In preparation for the medical admissions process, students will be presented with an in-depth explanation of the purpose behind formal interviews and the expectations and demands that will be placed upon them during the interview process. This session is followed by the opportunity to participate in various mock interview sessions to help students develop their interview skills and receive valuable feedback from their interviewers. Interviewers include the Academic Counselors and various faculty and staff who generously volunteer their time and expertise.Time Management
Managing your time effectively is one of the most difficult abilities students face upon entering the Pre-Medical program. To assist with this, students will be offered sessions on establishing routines, determining priorities and setting goals. The intention is to help students decide what needs to be done and developing a plan and/or timeframe for getting it done. Experience has taught us that time management is one of the most crucial skill needed by students if they are to succeed at WCM-Q. The presentation delivered by the Academic Counselors take students through the steps necessary to manage time effectively, provide the students with tips to increase their self-management and offer ongoing individual support during the academic year.Personal Statement
In collaboration with the WCM-Q Writing Center and the English faculty, students receive the opportunity to master the personal statement, as it is a necessary component of the Pre-Medical application. Students are provided with the opportunity to construct a professional style personal statement designed to reflect the unique characteristics of the student and to accompany and enhance the student’s resumé.Medical Resources
It is our belief that medical career development is a four-year process of self-assessment, career exploration, career-decision making, and implementation. Our ultimate goal is to help you start a successful career path in medicine. The key to success is to start early in terms of self-assessment and career exploration. The Division of Student Affairs invites you to stop by our office if you have any questions or want to meet with someone to discuss your career plans. Some of the workshops and seminars we host to assist you in this endeavor are:
- USMLE Step 1: Tips to Success
- Introduction to the Residency Match Process
- CV/Resume Development & Personal Statement
- Polishing Your Interview Skills
- Preparing Your Rank List
- Medical Career Development: Careers in Medicine – click here
ECFMG & USMLE
United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE)
During the medical program, students will be sitting for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) – Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills. Most of our students take the exams during the following period:
- Complete 2 years of Basic Science Curriculum (M1 & M2) then sit for the Step 1 Exam.
- Complete 1 additional year of Clinical Curriculum (M3) then sit for Step 2 (CK & CS).
Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates (ECFMG)
Certifies the readiness of international medical graduates for entry into graduate medical education & health care systems in the USA thorough evaluation of their qualifications. For the purpose of residency programs, Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar is considered a foreign medical school. As a result, we work directly with the ECFMG for the residency match program, and the USMLE exams. To learn more about ECFMG and the services they provide click here