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Weill Cornell Medical College Announces First Commencement of Its New Medical School Graduates in Doha, Qatar, May 8, 2008
Date:5/7/2008

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NEW YORK, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Weill Cornell Medical College announced today that its branch campus, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), part of Cornell University and the first American medical school ever established overseas, will graduate its first class in Doha, Qatar, on May 8, 2008.

The graduating class of 15 students - 9 women and 6 men - represents seven different nationalities. These include Qatar, Bosnia, India, Jordan, Nigeria, Syria, Palestine and the U.S. In attendance at the Qatar commencement will be senior officials from the health, public and private sectors in Qatar and the region; leaders from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; leaders from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the state health service provider; and dignitaries from Cornell University and from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Skorton, President of Cornell University; the student commencement speaker will be Jehan Al Rayahi, a female Qatari student selected by her classmates. The Qatar graduates will also attend the Medical College's general commencement at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 29, 2008.

"Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is one of our institution's proudest achievements," said Dr. David Skorton, President of Cornell University. "Its development, and the plans for the opening of the Sidra Medical and Research Center by the Qatar Foundation, will make world-class medical care available to the people of Qatar. I offer my sincere congratulations to this notable first class of graduates."

The program in Qatar replicates the curriculum taught at Weill Cornell Medical College, with WCMC-Q students introduced to patient care from the earliest stage of their medical education. This takes place in the hospitals and cl
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