Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar has organized the graduation ceremony of the 2020 batch, which comprises 38 doctors, including 13 Qataris, through a live broadcast over the Internet, taking into account the social distancing imposed by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).
The graduates' families, friends and faculty followed the ceremony and watched the new doctors receiving the "Doctor of Medicine" certificate from Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar Dr. Javaid Sheikh.
Dr. Sheikh gave a speech in which he praised the ambitious vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and H.E. Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani.
Dr. Sheikh said to new graduates that their professional future requires to be committed and self-disciplined to achieve accomplishments, and recently the world has witnessed events that have shown that the medical profession requires commitment more than any other profession.
He added that the medical profession, despite being very challenging, brings more sense of self-realization than any other profession.
The graduate Dr. Fawzi Salim Zgheir gave a speech in the name of the graduates, in which he said that Medicine requires more than academic excellence, and when providing the necessary care to those who suffer and those who need it, the new graduates must be much more than just doctors, as doctors must not only wear the white coat, but they should know when to take it off.
For his part, the Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine - New York Dr. Augustine Choi said that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial importance of the vital roles played by doctors and health care professionals in their society.
Speaking to the graduates, he said that they graduate at an important and unprecedented moment in history. An influential disease has never spread so much in many countries of the world, and we have the technology to monitor its impact, moment by moment. But after this pandemic, the new graduates will be able to influence medicine and science, especially here in the Middle East and North Africa.
The number of graduates from Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar since its foundation until today has reached 422 graduates working in hospitals in Qatar and around the world. Graduates of this batch will join the residency and medical specialization programs at the finest hospitals in Qatar and the United States of America.
Image credit: Weill Cornell-Qatar
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