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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

inics of Hamad Medical Corporation through an affiliation agreement signed in 2004. Students start observing the doctor-patient relationship in the first year, and go on to take their clinical clerkships at the hospitals in the third and fourth years. In addition, collaboration is under way with HMC in the fields of research and clinical care.

"This is an historic day for Weill Cornell Medical College and for the Qatar graduates," said Sanford I. Weill, Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College. "These enormously gifted students are living proof of the global reach of Weill Cornell and testament to the outstanding job that our dean, Dr. Tony Gotto, is doing. Under his leadership, and with the skilled guidance of Dr. Daniel Alonso, the Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, we are now well on our way to establishing a world- class medical center in the gulf region. I also would like to pay special tribute to His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and the Qatar Foundation, who have been our true partners in this endeavor."

"We are immensely proud of our first group of WCMC-Q graduates," said Dr. Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "I am confident these exceptional young doctors will provide excellent patient care, engage in important medical research, and help to share their experience and knowledge with their peers and colleagues in Qatar or wherever they may ultimately work."

"Today marks not just the beginning of these graduates' promising medical careers, but the beginning of a new era in medical training in this region," said Dr. Daniel R. Alonso, Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. "We are extraordinarily grateful to Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al- Missned and the Qatar Foundation for their leadership, vision and commitment to the histo
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