WCM-Q welcomes medical students from across the globe
Eighteen medical students from colleges in Iraq, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait and Tanzania spent a week at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) as part of the International Exchange Program (IEP).
The program, which is now in its fifth year, brought two students and one faculty member from each of the participating medical colleges to WCM-Q to learn about the college’s integrated six-year medical program, view its cutting-edge teaching and research facilities, and meet students and faculty. The program also provided an opportunity for WCM-Q students, faculty and staff to learn from the visiting students and their school programs.
Following the success of previous editions of the program, which is coordinated by the WCM-Q Division of Student Affairs, the IEP was this year expanded from eight to nine participating colleges. The colleges that took part this year were An-Najah National University of Nablus, Palestine; Dow International Medical College of Karachi, Pakistan; Kasturba Medical College of Mangalore, India; the American University of Beirut; the College of Medicine and Health Studies at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman; the College of Medicine of Kuwait University; Al-Zahra Medical College of Basrah University, Iraq; the University of Jordan School of Medicine, Amman; and Weill Bugando School of Medicine, WCM-Q’s affiliate college in Tanzania.
“Bringing students and faculty from across the region and beyond gives us a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge of the many different ways that medicine is taught in different countries,” said Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, WCM-Q’s vice dean, student affairs, population health, and lifestyle medicine. “We were delighted to be able to expand the program this year to bring more students from more countries than ever before to WCM-Q to take part in what was an extremely enriching and valuable experience for all involved.”
During the eight-day trip, the international students had the chance to compare the WCM-Q curriculum with other medical curricula, observe clinical encounters with students during clinical rotations, examine varying educational methods, including problem-based learning, and to learn about various aspects of country- and region-specific population health programs.
The students also visited WCM-Q’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab where they saw hi-tech learning aids including an anatomage table – a human-sized touchscreen display for visualizing the human anatomy - electronic medical mannequins, and digital audiovisual recording and playback equipment.
The international students also had the chance to tour Education City and healthcare institutions around Doha, including Hamad Medical Corporation and two Primary Health Care Corporation facilities, Gharrafat Al Rayyan Health Center and Rawdat Al Khail Wellness Center. Talking about the program’s achievements, Faten Shunnar, director of student affairs, commended the efforts of Amjad Abdo and Elizabeth Thomas and other members of the student affairs team in ensuring the success of the program.
Faris Al Farsi, a fifth-year medical student at the College of Medicine and Health Studies at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman, said: “The facilities and the curriculum here are fantastic but I think what has really impressed me most is the diversity of the students and faculty at WCM-Q. I think that being able to interact with and learn from people from all over the world has definitely been the most beneficial part of this trip for me as a trainee doctor.”