Posted on January 15, 2014

Doha College brought together medical experts from Sidra Research & Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) for its inaugural Medical Review Conference last night. Developed by Doha College the Medical Review Conference is open to all schools across Qatar and aims to inspire and encourage students wishing to develop their careers within medicine and healthcare.

The judging panel drawn from medical experts from Sidra and WCMC-Q assessed medical research presentations given by students from schools across Qatar. Six student teams presented their research findings and the experts were able to offer their advice and mark the students on their research content, understanding and presenting style.  Student presentations included topics such as: Designer Babies - the future of a genetically modified generation, Optogenetics – a light for the future and The Bionic Eye – see into the future.

All students competed for cash prizes plus the chance to join WCMC-Q’s summer enrichment programme. Following the judges’ scorings, the prizes were awarded by Dr. Basim Uthman, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Neurology WCMC-Q and Dr William Greer Director of Clinical Epidemiology at Sidra Medical & Research Center.

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The winning team (pictured) from Parkhouse School were Veronica Mugi, Eiman Ali and Noor Alanni whose presentation The Bionic Eye – see into the future captured everyone’s imagination. In second place were Akshita Srivastava and Ayah Mekhaimar from Doha College who gave an insightful presentation on Optogenetics - a light for the future and in third place Dukhan School’s team, Cleo Zarina Reyes, Per Rin Tan and Rawan Abouel-Hassan with a fascinating presentation on Designer Babies - the future of a genetically modified generation. 

Helen Braben, Head of Biology at Doha College explained the rationale behind the conference.  “We have an increasing number of students applying for medicine and we saw the opportunity to grow our existing medical review group and develop a conference to help not just our students but all students across Qatar. Medical university places are in high demand and students need to prove their research and medical knowledge.  Thanks to the fantastic support and sponsorship of Sidra and WCMC-Q we can give students access to medical experts who can pass on their knowledge and skills.”

"This is a sterling initiative by Doha College which I am delighted to be a part of. The level of knowledge and commitment expressed by the students is outstanding - and the wide range of topics they presented is a strong testament to their creativity and enthusiasm. I am very hopeful that this conference will further stimulate their passion for medical research, and encourage them to seriously consider medicine and its related fields as potential career paths - perhaps leading to future career opportunities through Sidra," said Sidra's Director of Clinical Epidemiology, William Greer.

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In his closing remarks judge Dr Basim Uthman from WCMC-Q précised the judge’s views. “I have been inspired by what I have heard this evening. It was an honour to listen to these students and judge their presentations, the quality was excellent and as judges we had some difficult decisions in choosing the winners. My advice to all students’ choosing a medical career is simple: make the most of your time, be passionate about what you do and remember patients are at the heart of every decision you make as medical professionals.
I wish you all every success in your future medical careers.WCMC-Q is very happy to support such a great initiative and encourages similar activities among schools in Qatar to promote careers
in medicine”

Teresa Woulfe Senior Vice-Principal of Doha College summed up the event “Our aim for this conference is simply to inspire the next generation of medical experts. The conference will

become an annual event in January and we encourage any school in Qatar to enter a team and benefit from the expert knowledge of our judging panel. If your school is interested in taking part please email for an information pack and invitation.”

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