Established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation, WCM-Q is part of Cornell University in Ithaca, and shares the tripartite mission of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York: A dedication to excellence in education, patient care and research.
The first medical school in Qatar and a pioneer of coeducation at university level, WCM-Q offers an integrated program of pre-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University M.D. degree. Teaching is by Cornell and Weill Cornell faculty, including physicians at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) who hold Weill Cornell appointments.
Enrollment has grown rapidly from 25 first year pre-medical students in fall 2002 to over 265 students from more than 30 countries in 2012.
In the clinical arena, WCM-Q is already making a contribution to the community in Qatar. Medical faculty members licensed and credentialed to practice see patients as part of their teaching assignments in HMC facilities. There are exchanges of expertise with faculty-physicians from New York - Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, particularly in the planning phase of Qatar Foundation’s Sidra Medical and Research Center.
Collaborative biomedical research projects are underway between Weill Cornell in the U.S. and Qatar, and HMC, and a major research program is now on the anvil. WCM-Q students have exciting opportunities to take part in biomedical investigations: The Summer Research Program enables selected students to travel to the U.S. and work under the mentorship of leading investigators at Cornell and Weill Cornell. Meanwhile, a growing number are participating in projects in Qatar, guided by WCM-Q faculty and funded by the Undergraduate Research Experience Program of Qatar National Research Fund.
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