“Healing Hands: Making a Difference” Essay Competition

Published April 13th, 2009 - 03:59 GMT

“Healing Hands: Making a Difference” Essay Competition

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has announced its 2nd Annual High School Essay Contest as part of its efforts to engage young students in the medical and healthcare fields. The competition is open to all high school students in Qatar and throughout the region.

‘Healing Hands: Making a Difference’ is this year’s theme.  Participating students are asked to submit an essay of no more than 800 words that describes how, as a future doctor, they can make a difference in the health of the people in Qatar; and how they feel they can contribute towards the delivery of excellent healthcare including their aspirations in conducting biomedical research. This year, an optional multimedia component has been added to the requirements of the competition. Each student can submit a two or three-minute video production based on the theme of the competition.

"After our widely successful essay contest last year, we are offering it again in order stimulate young students to consider a medical career,” said Dr. Daniel Alonso, Dean Emeritus, WCMC-Q.

The contest’s top prizes are two Doctor of the Future Summer Scholarships. WCMC-Q will send the top two winners – one male and one female - for a fully funded two-week summer experience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The students selected for the grand prize will spend time in research laboratories with prominent researchers and distinguished Weill Cornell physicians. Each grand prize winner will be allowed to bring one guardian and will receive economy round trip airfare, and lodging in Manhattan. Additionally, the winning essays and the names of the top twenty finalists will be published in an anthology in Fall 2009. The finalists will be awarded WCMC-Q certificates of appreciation.

WCMC-Q is preparing the next generation of doctors by inspiring them to become physicians, biomedical researchers, and medical educators at the forefront of their fields. Last year’s competition elicited more than 100 entries.

Alaa Al Na’ama, one of last year’s winners, described how the experience helped inspire her: “I wish that future doctors, who are my age, in Qatar have the chance to do what I did in the US. It was really a fantastic trip.”

In order to be eligible for the competition each student must a) be enrolled in a high school in Qatar; b) have lived in Qatar for a minimum of ten years; and, c) submit an English Essay online. Essays must be submitted by May 7th, 2009 at www.qatar-weill.cornell.edu/ by clicking on the link Healing Hands.

The winners will be announced by May 15th, 2009.

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Noha Saleh, Director of Student Recruitment at nms2005@qatar-med.cornell.edu or call 492-8520.

Established by Cornell University in partnership with Qatar Foundation, WCMC-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College. A member of the Ivy League, Cornell is the first American university to offer its M.D. degree overseas. WCMC-Q offers a complete and integrated educational program, comprising the two-year Pre-medical Program, followed by the four-year Medical Program, with teaching by Cornell faculty. There is a separate admissions process for each Program, guided by the standards of admission in use at Cornell University in Ithaca and its Medical College in New York City. 
Website:  www.qatar-med.cornell.edu

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