Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
|Location||Education City, Al Rayyan, Qatar|
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), ranked the 5382nd in 2018, was established on April 9, 2001, when Cornell University signed an agreement with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to bring a branch of its medical school to Education City, Qatar, near the capital of Doha.
The medical college maintains the same standards for admission and education as Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, but offers both undergraduate and graduate courses of study, each with separate admission: a two-year non-degree pre-medical program followed by a four-year M.D. program. The pre-medical program opened in the fall of 2002, and was reportedly the first coeducational institute of higher education in Qatar. Its clinical affiliates are the Hamad Medical Corporation's General Hospital and Women's Hospital.
According to The Washington Post, WCM-Q receives $121.7 million just to cover the operating expenses for the university, making it the most expensive U.S. university in Education City. It is likely that Cornell receives more than this from the Qatar Foundation to operate the campus.
Typically, contracts between Education City and the U.S. universities with branches there stipulate that some majority percentage of the students should be Qatari, the Qatar Foundation has approval authority over budgets and business plans, and that universities are eligible for a management fee which allows the university to profit from the campus in Doha.
Students attending the pre-med program pay $52,612 in tuition, while medical students pay $55,130.
Students and student life
WCM-Q has 291 students, 18 preliminary students, 93 pre-medical students, and 180 in its MD program.
WCM-Q has a variety of clubs and sports teams that compete in the Education City league against other universities in Education City. Students actively participate in a variety of outreach activities locally and abroad, and have participated in service trips to Costa Rica, Indonesia, Nepal, Oman among others. Students also actively participate each year in research activities mostly in the campus in NYC and Ithaca before premed and between year 1 and year 2 of medical school. Campus life revolves around various Cornell-Qatar events and inter-campus events. The student body is multi-cultural and comes from diverse countries in the region and elsewhere yet respect local traditions.
- Martha E. Pollack – President of Cornell
- Javaid I. Shiekh, M.D.: Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar
Joint Advisory Board:
|H.E. Ghalia Bint Mohammed Al-Thani, MD||Qatar Foundation||Co-Chair||2004|
|Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, DPhil||Cornell University||Co-Chair||2001|
|Tarek Abdel-Meguid||Cornell University||Member||2010|
|Jassim Al Suwaidi, MBChB, BAO,
LRCP & SI (Honors)
|Jordan J. Cohen, MD||Independent||Member||2002|
|Laurie H. Glimcher, MD||Cornell University||Member||2014|
|Ziyad Mousa Hijazi, MD, MPH||Member||2010|
|James J. Mingle||Cornell University||Member||2001|
|Robin Charles Noel Williamson, MD, FRCS||Independent||Member||2014|
|Hanan Al-Kuwari, PhD||Qatar Foundation||Ex-Officio
|Jessica Bibliowicz||Cornell University||Ex-Officio
|Ahmad M. Hasnah, Ph.D.||Qatar Foundation||Ex-Officio
|Javaid I. Sheikh, MD||Cornell University||Ex-Officio
The institution has been strongly accused of cronyism since its establishment. It has been reported by many excellent high school students that the committee on admissions at WCM-Q did not contact their referees as part of their admission process whereas much weaker students were offered seats at the college. Almost all of WCMC-Q students are Qataris and/or sons and daughters of physicians and surgeons at Hamad Medical Coporation, the college's affiliated hospital.
Along with other U.S. universities in Doha, WCM-Q runs the risk that their reputation could be weakened by having a campus in Education City. U.S. educational institutions value free speech and the freedom of independent thought, while Qatar’s monarchy has absolute power and the country has no real outlets for political dissent. Many have criticized that universities such as Cornell cannot possibly expect to have academic freedom in an environment such as Qatar.
In response to criticisms, Cornell has said that its presence in Qatar “is the best way to promote understanding” and that their “collaborations across the globe” fulfill its mission of “teaching, discovery and engagement”.
- Duke-NUS Medical School (An American medical school located in Singapore)
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- Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
- Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
- Qatar Campus
- Qatar Foundation: WCM-Q
- Records of the Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar