Posted on March 31, 2020

In keeping with Qatar's 2030 National Vision, which affirms a commitment to healthcare, Doha College is proud to be at the forefront in supporting students who share a similar vision.

Together with COBIS – Council of British International Schools, and local partners Hamad Medical Corporation and Elite Medical Center, the partnership allows aspiring students to enhance their skills and aid them in their university application process for a career in the field of medicine.

Since the establishment of the medical conference six years ago, Doha College has maintained a stellar reputation as the first school in Qatar to provide a unique platform for secondary school students who share a passion for medicine. The event allows budding medical students from Years 11 to 13 to showcase their knowledge and in-depth research capabilities by presenting on the latest ground-breaking developments in an intense, day-long conference. The students first deliver their presentations to teacher judges from participating schools. The teams with the highest scores get to present again to a judging panel comprised of leading doctors and medical experts from across Qatar who then assess and challenge their knowledge.

From just three participating schools in the first edition in 2014 to over 65 teams of students from 18 schools signing-up this year, including two schools from outside Qatar, these numbers are the highest in the history of the conference, which speaks to its growing popularity and its highly professional nature.  Additionally, two new topics were introduced this year – Neuroscience and Psychiatry; and Oral Health. Each year, Doha College principal Dr Steffen Sommer expresses a keen interest in the medical conference. "Every year, I very much look forward to opening our much-vaunted Medical Conference, which we host in partnership with COBIS. Having seen the event grow steadily since the first conference seven years ago, in the number of participating schools and teams; and in international reach, we are immensely proud to welcome this year to Doha College, a total of 18 schools from three different countries."

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The winning teams of Doha College's Medial Conference 2020 are as follows:

Third place was awarded to Fatimah Zahra Olukade, Nour Darwish and Khadija Alizada from Qatar International School for their presentation on the topic Technology in Medicine which discussed the role of wearable, technological devices in managing diabetes.

Al Khor International School students Amanda Cruz, Jessica Egoh and Nina Fouzi, chose one of the new topics - Neuroscience and Psychiatry and took second place for their presentation on Down Syndrome.

The winning school of this year's conference is Park House English School, who also claimed first place in the very first medical conference hosted by Doha College back in 2014. Students Wardah Shan and Nuhansa Wijesuriya chose Pharmacological Developments as their main topic and presented on the prevention of TB - Tuberculosis. They spoke in detail about a three-year-long study of an experimental vaccine which protected against the development of pulmonary TB for at least three years.