Doha: Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has joined an elite group of prestigious universities promoting global dialogue and international exchange in medical education that aims to connect educators and students around the world.
The United States Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has launched the Global Education Medicine (GEMx) initiative.
This will allow medical schools from around the world to establish strong relationships with other schools to provide students with a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities.
ECFMG has formed an advisory committee that includes representatives from medical schools, including Australia, India, Ireland, Mexico, Qatar and ECFMG’s non-profit Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.
WCMC-Q’s Associate Dean for Global and Public Health, Dr Ravinder Mamtani (pictured), has been selected to serve as a member of the GEMx Advisory Committee.
“Inclusion in this prestigious programme means that we will now be able to provide even greater opportunities to our medical students,” said Dr Mamtani.
“Through this mechanism that has been established, it will allow our students to apply for electives almost anywhere in the world in schools of their preference.
“It is a great opportunity. It is also a great opportunity for students of other accredited medical schools to come to WCMC-Q.
“This exchange between students is a step in the right direction. It will add to the experience of students. Health is a shared responsibility and for that we have medical education,” Dr Mamtani said.
He Qatar became involved in this programme because of the growing reputation of WCMC-Q as a provider of quality medical education and an active research programme.
“Professional institutions and other leading medical education institutions are aware that Cornell has a branch campus in Qatar and that this campus provides high quality education comparable to the medical education programme in New York and that our graduates are placed in very prestigious residency positions in the US,” he said.
WCMC-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh welcomed the association with GEMx. “This is a facility that will be of significant benefit to our students and faculty. It is a tribute to the hard work and academic leadership and we are delighted to be associated with the Global Education Medicine initiative,” Dr Sheikh said.
GEMx will facilitate and promote international exchange in medical education, providing medical schools and students with access to the two most essential components of effective exchange programmes — information and community.
It will allow medical schools to establish strong relationships with other schools to provide students with a wide range of high-quality international educational opportunities.