Established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation, WCMC-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and shares its mission of dedication to excellence in education, patient care, and research. The first medical school in Qatar and a pioneer of coeducation at the university level, WCMC-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, WCMC-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. WCMC-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 WCMC-Q faculty and funded by the Undergraduate Research Experience Program of Qatar National Research Fund.
Purpose and Mission
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established by Cornell University in partnership with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, pursuant to an agreement signed in January 2001. WCMC-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College, which was founded in New York City over 100 years ago, and shares the same mission:
- to provide the finest education possible for medical students
- to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge
- to improve health care both now and for future generations
- to provide the highest quality of care to the community