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					   Dear Prospective Student,


    Congratulations on taking the first steps to applying to Weill Cornell
    Medical College in Qatar!

    This brochure will help you to understand the steps and
    requirements of the application process. The Offices of Student
    Recruitment and Admissions are also available to answer any
    questions you may have about the procedures. We look forward to
    working with you as you submit and complete your application.

    It is to your benefit to complete and submit your application as soon
    as you are able so that the Admissions team may begin processing
    and corresponding with you regarding any questions we or you may
    have. We encourage you to check your application in the status
    section of the online application.

    If you are a resident of Qatar, there are several opportunities to meet
    with Student Recruitment and Admissions Team members through
    school visits or participation in admission workshops. Of course,
    you can also contact us at any time during office hours. In addition,
    you can participate in many of our open house activities, public
    events, or simply schedule an appointment to meet with one of our
    representatives.

    If you are a regional or international student, there will be some
    opportunities to meet with us as we conduct regional roadshows
    and school visits during the fall semester. For information about
    visits conducted at your school, please contact your high school
    counselor. We look forward to meeting you!

    For more details about dates and locations of our activities in general,
    please visit our website where we announce all our upcoming events
    and activities.

    Thank you for your interest in Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.




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    About WCMC-Q

    Established in partnership with Qatar Foundation, Weill Cornell Medical
    College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) is part of Cornell University and Weill Cornell
    Medical College (WCMC), the first US institution to offer its MD degree
    overseas. WCMC-Q shares the triple mission of WCMC: a dedication to
    excellence in education, patient care, and biomedical research.

    Cornell is a major research university with strengths in the life sciences,
    physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Faculty members work in
    collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to extend the frontiers of knowledge in
    diverse and numerous fields of study.

    With 13,500 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students, Cornell University
    is the largest and youngest university in the Ivy League. Its campus includes
    14 colleges and schools: seven undergraduate units and four graduate and
    professional units in Ithaca; two medical graduate and professional units in
    New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar.

    Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now NewYork-Presbyterian
    Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked
    clinical and medical research centers in the US. Weill Cornell Medical College
    is divided into 24 basic science and patient care departments that focus on
    the sciences underlying clinical medicine and/or encompass the study, treat-
    ment, and prevention of human diseases.

    Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar offers students the opportunity to study
    in an atmosphere that is both stimulating and challenging. Our progressive
    science curriculum emphasizes active learning, self-directed inquiry, and
    active and creative partnership between students and faculty. The clinical pro-
    gram is characterized by early exposure to a patient population that may be
    the most diverse in the world. Our students embody a passion for changing
    the world and for improving and transforming healthcare.




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    Education Programs


    The educational mission of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar follows
    an educational philosophy that emphasizes the importance of combining a
    strong basic foundation in the medical sciences with extensive clinical training
    in patient care. By promoting a true social commitment, stimulating creativity,
    and fostering independent thought and study, WCMC-Q makes a vital contri-
    bution to training tomorrow’s leaders in the field of medicine.




    Pre-medical Program

    The Pre-medical Program at WCMC-Q is a two-year non-degree course of
    study designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements of
    the four-year, degree-awarding Medical Program.

    The selection of subject material for the course is guided by the following
    statement from the “Medical School Admission Requirements 2003-2004”
    published by the Association of American Medical Colleges:

    “The study and practice of medicine are based on modern concepts in
    biology, chemistry and physics, and on appreciation of the scientific method.
    Hence, mastery of these basic scientific principles is expected of all entering
    medical students. These courses should be academically rigorous and
    acceptable for students majoring in those areas. All science courses
    should include adequate laboratory exercises.”

    The course content focuses on those aspects of the basic sciences that have
    direct relevance to medicine. The courses are identical to those taught on
    the Ithaca campus and are supplemented by laboratory sessions including
    demonstration experiments given during the lecture periods.

    First year courses include Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Physics, Laboratory
    Sessions and Writing Seminar.

    Second year courses include more advanced courses in biology and chemistry
    disciplines, such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, neuroscience
    and immunology. Introductory psychology and medical ethics courses round
    out the second year curriculum.




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The small class size and student to faculty ratio enhance the WCMC-Q classroom
experience. Several of the classes have teaching assistants who are available to
assist students in their subject and learning development.

There are extensive opportunities to take part in related extra-curricular activities,
by spending time at local hospitals and clinics, and joining research teams.

All applicants must submit an online application prior to the appropriate deadline.
The Pre-medical application can be found at:
https://premedapplication.qatar-weill.cornell.edu/




Below is a checklist of required documents that need to be submitted to
complete your application.

• Completed application and personal statement (submitted online)

• Two or more letters of reference, one of which must be from your
  science or math teacher and the second from your counselor or
  principal (reference forms are available with online application)

• Official transcripts of course grades from all secondary and post-
  secondary programs of study

• Certified copies of any diplomas and degrees earned

• Official results of standardized external examinations such as the SAT
  or ACT exams (SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing. SAT Subject
  Tests are recommended in Mathematics Level II and two relevant
  sciences.)

• Official results of an approved English proficiency examination: either
  the TOEFL or IELTS

• Photocopy of student’s valid passport

• One passport-size photograph


These requirements and other important information can also be reviewed at:
www.qatar-weill.cornell.edu


Please note that all original documents submitted with the application become
property of WCMC-Q and cannot be returned.




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    WCMC-Q selects applicants for interview on a competitive basis, according to
    the extent to which they fulfill the Pre-medical admission requirements. Please
    note that not all applicants are selected for interviews. Applicants asked to
    appear for interviews must participate in this process in order to be considered
    for acceptance. All interviews are held in Doha, Qatar.



                                                                   PRE-MEDICAL APPLICATION TIMELINE

                                                                       During the last two years of high school




                                                                                                                       Taking Standardized Tests
                                                                        Students prepare for standardized tests



                                                                                     Fall Semester
                     Gathering required documents and submitting




                                                                      Early September : Online application available
                             them to the Admissions Office




                                                                                      February 1st
                                                                            Application Submission Deadline
                                                                                                                                     for selected
                                                                                                                                      Interviews
                                                                                                                                       students




                                                                                       March 1st
                                                                            Application Completion Deadline



    For exact dates of the current application cycle, please refer to the insert of this brochure.




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Foundation Program

The WCMC-Q Foundation Program* is a one-year program designed as a
pathway to entering the Pre-medical Program. It allows students to study the
relevant subjects while they develop the study skills, habits, critical thinking,
and knowledge application needed to successfully complete the Pre-medical
Program. The subjects students will study have been specially designed to
provide students with appropriate academic background for their intended
degree.

Foundation students study biology, physics, chemistry, and calculus, as well
as English. Foundation faculty are Cornell University professors who can
prepare applicants for the challenges of the intensive Pre-medical Program.
Students will re-apply to the Pre-medical Program after completion of the
Foundation Program.

* Offered to selected students only. Students should apply to the Pre-medical Program to be
  considered for the Foundation Program.




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     Medical Program

     Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar offers the highly successful curriculum
     of the Weill Cornell Medical College. In the first two years, the curriculum is
     composed of five consecutive, full time, integrated basic science courses
     (Molecules, Genes and Cells, Human Structure and Function, Host Defenses,
     Brain and Mind, and Basis of Disease) and the year-long “patient-doctor”
     courses known as Medicine, Patients and Society I and II. The clinical
     curriculum consists of an introduction to clinical clerkships, followed by the
     traditional third-year clerkship rotations in the principal clinical disciplines, and
     fourth year selective and elective courses.




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The following are the principal features of the curriculum:

• Integration of the teaching of the basic and clinical sciences: this is achieved
  by offering interdisciplinary, sequential basic science courses; structuring the
  sciences into basic and advanced modalities; exposing the students to
  clinical concepts from the first week of classes; and providing early clinical
  experiences in physician’s offices.

• Problem based learning (PBL) in the basic sciences; PBL emphasizes active
  learning and requires the student first to identify issues needed to solve a
  medical problem, then to seek out the information needed to solve the
  problem, and then to reconvene in small groups to apply the information
  learned. Thus, basic sciences are learned in a clinical context.

• Gradual acquisition of clinical skills in the first two years preceding the
  traditional training in clinical medicine of years three and four.

• Medicine, Patients and Society series: a three-year, integrated sequence in public
  health, behavioral sciences, psycho-social medicine, ethics and clinical skills.

• Emphasis on self-education by students who will spend a significant
  proportion of their time learning in small groups or individually through
  independent study.

• Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized, so that students
  acquire the ability to, on their own, absorb and evaluate the ever-increasing
  amount of new scientific knowledge, both during their years of post-doctoral
  training and in professional practice.

To apply to the Medical Program all applicants must submit an online
application available at:
https://medapplication.qatar-weill.cornell.edu


Below is a checklist of required documents that need to be submitted to
complete your application.
• Completed application and personal statement (submitted online)
• One letter of reference from the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee
  of your college or university or at least two letters from professors
  who can provide a detailed evaluation of your performance in university
  science courses (reference forms are available within the online application)
•    Official results of MCAT (mandatory)
•    Official/certified copies of all college and university transcripts
•    Official/certified copies of all diplomas and degrees earned
•    Photocopy of student’s valid passport
• One passport-size photograph

These requirements and other important information can also be reviewed at:
www.qatar-weill.cornell.edu


Please note that all documents submitted with the application become
property of WCMC-Q and cannot be returned.
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     WCMC-Q selects external applicants for interview on a competitive basis,
     according to the extent to which they fulfill the admission requirements. Please note
     that not all applicants are selected for interviews. Applicants asked to appear for
     interviews must participate in this process in order to be considered for acceptance.
     All interviews are held in Doha, Qatar.




                               MEDICAL APPLICATION TIMELINE

                    External Applicants                                           Internal Applicants
          Students Who did not Complete their                              Students Who Completed their
            Pre-medical Studies at WCMC-Q                                 Pre-medical Studies at WCMC-Q




                       Fall Semester                                                 Fall Semester
                Online Application Available                                 Online Application Available




                      December 15th                                                    March 1st
            Complete Application Submission                               Complete Application Submission


           For exact dates of the current application cycle, please refer to the insert of this brochure.




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     Financial Aid



     Qatari Applicants
     Qatari applicants are eligible for financial spon-
     sorship by government agencies such as the
     Higher Education Institute and Sidra Medical
     and Research Center. Applicants may contact
     these agencies to receive further information.




     Non-Qatari Applicants
     Qatar Foundation offers need-based financial as-
     sistance through the Hamad Bin Khalifa Financial
     Aid Program to help students meet the financial
     obligations of their universities. Financial aid given to
     students through this program is in the form of loans.

     In exchange for the loans awarded, students will be
     expected upon graduation to repay the full amount of
     the loan according to a repayment plan or to partici-
     pate in a paid service program at an organization in
     Qatar approved by Qatar Foundation.

     The Financial Aid Committee at Qatar Foundation
     will determine financial need according to a uniform
     method of need analysis. Qatar Foundation strives to
     maintain fair and equitable financial aid policies and
     practices that ensure equal access for all students
     who have been admitted to an Education City
     university.

     Financial aid recipients will go through an annual
     re-evaluation process. This will involve completing
     supplementary forms and providing updates on
     previously submitted documents. Students will also
     be assigned to meet periodically with a financial aid
     representative from the Education Division of Qatar
     Foundation.


     For further information please visit:
     www.myeducationcity.com/financial-aid/financial-aid/



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OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Education City
PO Box 24811 Doha, Qatar

Office: +974 4492 8500 | f. +974 4492 8555
Email: admissions@qatar-med.cornell.edu
Website: www.qatar-weill.cornell.edu

				
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