Aspetar and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) are set to expand an existing clinical training and education partnership on September 9, 2014.
The original agreement signed in 2009 saw Aspetar become a designated center for providing academic and clinical training opportunities to WCMC-Q medical students, and promoting medical education in primary care and specific clinical services such as the diagnosis and management of musculo-skeletal disorders. In addition, as part of the original agreement, selected Aspetar physicians involved in teaching and supervising WCMC-Q medical students were appointed Weill Cornell faculty members.
Dr Khalifa Al Kuwari, Director General of Aspetar said, “Our renewed agreement with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar represents a long-standing relationship between our organisations. It also signifies Aspetar and Weill Cornell’s firm belief in collaborating to achieve the common goal of providing outstanding medical education and to raise the level of health services across Qatar and beyond.” “This agreement will continue to strengthen our ties in order to enhance current and future requirements in the fields of medical education, biomedical research and clinical services that align with the goals and objectives of the National Health Strategy 2011-2016 and the Qatar National Vision 2030.” concluded Dr Khalifa Al Kuwari.
The collaboration entails that Aspetar provides its premises, facilities and well-reputed experienced staff for the education and training of WCMC-Q students. In addition, WCMC-Q faculty will provide clinical services to Aspetar’s patients within its scope of services. Moreover both organisations will be able to use the two facilities for integrated biomedical research and related publications. It is anticipated that the renewed agreement will lead to additional future collaborations between the two medical institutions.
Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean of WCMC-Q, commented: "WCMC-Q and Aspetar share common interests in education, research and clinical practice, and we are very happy with the partnership we have enjoyed since 2009. We welcome this expansion of our joint efforts and we look forward to continuing our work with Aspetar to realize the ambitions set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 of creating a knowledge-based society, a capable and motivated workforce, and healthy communities."