Academic Counseling

Academic counseling
Academic counseling

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 4pm the day before. 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.
  • Blair Aboutaleb - Foundation and Pre-med Students - 
  • Steve Stay - Medicine 1-2 students - 
  • Sadiq Mohamed for Medicine 3-4 students –


Pre-Medical Curriculum 

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


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. 

For more information on the MCAT, please click here

Study Skills

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 residency 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

Student Handbook



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).

The USMLE Step 1 exam assesses whether the examinee understands and can apply important concepts basic to the practice of medicine with a special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. The exam works to ensure mastery of the sciences, and a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine and scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning. For more information about USMLE click here

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