Posted on February 25, 2015

Six interns have been inducted into the latest cycle of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar’s (WCMC-Q) Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals where they will learn a comprehensive range of scientific skills to help give their careers an early boost. The six-month program gives graduates the chance to gain hands-on work experience within WCMC-Q’s technically advanced laboratories and learn from the college’s world-renowned research faculty.

This is the fifth installment of the extremely successful Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals, which was established by WCMC-Q in 2011 to help build the new generation of highly educated professionals Qatar needs to develop a thriving knowledge economy in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. To date, 18 interns have completed the Biomedical Research Training Program for Nationals. Interns learn a wide variety of competencies on the program, from practical bench research skills through to design of research projects and research administration

The new interns spoke of their hopes for their time working in the labs at WCMC-Q. Maryam Al-Dosari said: “The program is an opportunity to develop our research skills under the guidance of renowned and distinguished researchers, in order to contribute to the progress of the scientific research in Qatar.” Her new colleague, Rouda Al-Qahtani, said: “I’m thankful for being accepted to this training program as I am sure that it will grant me the necessary knowledge and the ability to pursue my future career.”

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Although the program is aimed at recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a career as a bench scientist, clinician or biomedical researcher, graduates who have non-science degrees may also be accepted. Noof Al-Kuwari said: “As a nurse, I’m keen to learn and to be aware of anything related to the patients to be able to offer them the best medical and healthcare services, and my enrollment in this program will definitely add to my scientific efficiency and my ability to develop my research skills.” Rouda, Noof, and Maryam will be working with their colleagues Maha AlDosari, Aisha Al-Qahtani and Sharefa Al-Mannai until July in the program this year.

Dr. Khaled Machaca, Associate Dean for Research at WCMC-Q, welcomed the new interns to WCMC-Q. He said: “It is very pleasing for us to be able to bring these enthusiastic and talented young people to WCMC-Q so that they can learn first-hand the vital skills needed to pursue a successful career in research. “This is a great opportunity for the interns to learn from some of the most respected biomedical researchers in the world. With the knowledge they will gain, they have the chance to develop extremely rewarding careers and to make very important contributions to the growing research community in Qatar.”