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Weill Cornell Class of 2011 get degrees.

By Noimot Olayiwola

The largest graduating class in the history of Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar was yesterday sworn to the legendary Hippocratic Oath and received their degrees of Doctor of Medicine in a commencement ceremony held at the Ritz-Carlton Doha.

The graduating class of 2011, comprising some 31 students including 18 women and 13 men in the age range of 19-23 years, come from 16 different nationalities: Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mauritius, Qatar, Russia, Syria, and the US.

Some of 31 graduates have elected to stay in Qatar for residency programmes with Hamad Medical Corporation or to pursue research fellowships while a total of 23 WCMC-Q students who sought residencies in the US were matched to some of America's best teaching hospitals.

They will pursue residencies ranging from surgery, radiology, neurology, and obstetrics/gynaecology to internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and paediatrics.

Five of the 31 students - Mohamed Ahmad al-Hijji, Karima Becetti, Tania Ali Jaber, Karl Migally and Anas Abdulrahman Saleh - have graduated with academic distinction while Hasan Ali Aldailami finished with honours in research.

In his address at the ceremony, Cornell University president Dr David Skorton wished the class of success as they move to the next stage of their preparation as physicians and biomedical scientists.

"We wish you success, especially this year, in the Middle East and in other parts of the world. We have been reminded how desperately the world needs not only your knowledge and skills, but also the intercultural understanding you have gained during your time in Education City," he said.

Dr Skorton said that he had no doubt that the graduands will excel in their chosen profession, saying: "I hope you will also continue to build on the commitment to service that you have demonstrated during your time as students here to help lift the world's burdens.

"The founding vision of HH the Emir, HH Sheikha Moza and the Qatar Foundation in seeing education as a pathway to creating a knowledge-based society and a better future for all...and their welcoming of students from so many other nations beyond Qatar to Education City...provide an inspiration for what is possible, and a challenge to us all to carry forward their ideals for the betterment of Qatar and the world," he noted.

While conveying farewell message to the new young doctors, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York dean Dr Antonio Gotto said: "By entering the profession of medicine, you are making a contract with society. You will be granted all the rights and privileges of the medical profession."

However, he pointed out that there were certain obligations they needed to fulfil saying: "For your part, there are certain obligations. First and foremost is to provide the best possible care to your patients. This means you must make a lifelong commitment to learning. Medicine changes rapidly, and you have to continue to study if you are to give the best care. I suggest that every night you read about the illness one of your patients had. That way you will relate the information you read to a given patient while it is fresh in your mind."

Present at the ceremony were Qatar Foundation president Dr Mohamad Fathy Saoud, WCMC-Q dean Dr Javaid Sheikh and senior faculty members from the institution and Hamad Medical Corporation and other WCMC-Q partners.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2011

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Date:May 5, 2011
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