Strong WCMC-Q and HMC Partnership is Cause for Celebration
A strong sense of accomplishment was in the air Wednesday as Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) celebrated the third annual Medical Education Day in honor of their collaboration on clinical education and training.
Applause was also in the air as HMC and WCMC-Q presented awards to graduating doctors (residents), fellows and to faculty members who contributed to their educational success.
“Sharing our skill and knowledge through the medical education program is an important aspect of our role and it is one we embrace enthusiastically,” said Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, managing director of HMC. “Our partnership is an important element of the learning environment we provide here.”
“We truly value this partnership and its role in helping us prepare new physicians to provide essential health care in Qatar and around the world,” said Dr. Javaid Sheikh, dean of WCMC-Q.
“Since its inception in 2008, Medical Education Day commemorates the achievements of HMC residents and fellows who have undergone clinical training at HMC,” said Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, director of medical education at HMC. “We see our work educating medical students and new doctors as a crucial part of our commitment to providing the best possible quality of care.”
All the best residence and teachers of HMC were recognized.
Through this partnership, WCMC-Q medical students participate in education and training programs such as clerkships and clinical electives under the supervision of HMC physicians with faculty appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
Additionally, WCMC-Q faculty collaborate with HMC physicians on workshops and training courses designed to improve instruction and align HMC with the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education-International, the organization that works to improve health care by its accreditation process.
The event, which marks the sixth year of the affiliation agreement between HMC and WCMC-Q, celebrated the following accomplishments:
• completion of training by 83 residents, including 23 Qataris, and their certification by the Arab Board of Medical Specialization,
• completion by 13 fellows of pediatric and trauma critical care subspecialties, and
• completion by WCMC-Q students of more than 10,000 hours in clinical education at HMC facilities.
“HMC plays a truly significant role in the education of our medical students” says Dr. Lyuba Konapasek, associate dean for medical education. “With its large and diverse patient population and outstanding physicians committed to both clinical care and teaching, it provides a rich learning environment in which our students can develop clinical skills essential in the practice of medicine throughout their careers.”