High school students sample life at WCM-Q
07 Aug 2017 - 3:09
Around 70 high school students had the chance to sample life as a medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) when they took part in the college’s two Summer Enrichment Programs organised by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach.
The 34 grade 10 and 11 students on the Qatar Medical Explorer Program (QMEP) and 35 grade 11 and 12 students on the Precollege Enrichment Program (PCEP) spent two weeks at WCM-Q taking a series of classes modelled on the real curriculum followed by WCM-Q students.
The students had the opportunity to take classes on infectious diseases, neurology, psychology, emergency medicine and cancer research, as well as lab safety, the history of medicine, DNA extraction techniques and human anatomy. They also had the chance to take a dissection class in the WCM-Q biology lab, learn about the human heart by working with Harvey – a hi-tech robotic humanoid learning aid – in the state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Center, and visit Hamad Medical Corporation, WCM-Q’s clinical partner.
Qatari student Fatma Essa Al Kubaisi of the International School of London, Qatar, completed the PCEP programme. She said, “My experience at WCM-Q’s Summer Enrichment Program was beyond expectation. I got a taste of university life, made new friends, and developed and discovered my skills through different sessions.”
Participating students were drawn from 34 schools in Qatar and across the wider region. Students were selected using an application system that mimics the admissions process for the WCM-Q six-year Medical Program. Student Tariq Nasir visited from Jordan, where he attends King’s Academy.
Dr Clare McVeigh, Senior Lecturer in Biology, guided the visiting students through a dissection class, which was a completely new experience for most of group.