First cohort of Qatar University medical graduates join HMC medical residency program


42 medical students successfully completed their studies at Qatar’s First National Faculty of Medicine

The Qatar University College of Medicine (QU) graduated in May 2021 its first cohort of medical students who completed a six-year undergraduate medical program. This is a milestone for Qatar and a great achievement for the medical school and the students who have worked hard throughout the six years.

Professor Egon Toft, Dean of Qatar University College of Medicine, explained that this first group of medical graduates is a significant achievement for the country, the University of Qatar and for all those involved in the development of one of the main medical education programs in the region. suppliers.

“We are committed to creating an outstanding Faculty of Medicine within Qatar University, designed to equip our students with the skills to obtain qualified medical graduates with the knowledge, skills and personalities that will enable them to transform the world. future of healthcare in Qatar. Our program is grounded in the specific needs of Qatari society and well aligned with national health education strategies and priorities. Our College is led by passionate and dedicated faculty, including many expert clinical professors from HMC, which helps attract promising and highly competitive students. “

Forty-two of the top medical graduates were selected to join Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in July 2021 to complete their postgraduate medical residency training, which is part of the educational path for medical graduates to become highly specialized and independent physicians.

The medical school teaches physicians a wide range of medical knowledge, basic clinical skills and supervised experience in the practice of medicine in various fields; However, medical residency offers in-depth training in a specific branch of medicine. It is therefore essential to have a well-established clinical facility to provide accredited clinical teaching opportunities for the four to six year training period where residents can specialize in a medical or surgical specialty.

Dr Abdullatif Al-Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education at HMC explained that as an accredited educational institution, HMC is well established in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and ideal for both QU and Cornell medical graduates. to complete their residency and stock market training.

“We are proud to welcome the first class of graduates to HMC. The selected students are already very familiar with our clinical sites as they have completed clinical clerkship rotations in various institutions from the fourth year of medicine and will therefore contribute to patient care from the start, ”said Dr Al-Khal . “These graduates and future cohorts will become the backbone of Qatar’s healthcare delivery system, as part of a locally developed and trained clinical workforce, equipped to meet Qatar’s future healthcare needs. . “

The admission process to HMC’s residency programs is very competitive, with nearly 1,300 applications received each year for approximately 170 places available. QU graduates met the same rigorous entry criteria as top international applicants, which includes outstanding performance on the internationally standardized clinical knowledge exam.

“We are also delighted to have worked with the College of Medicine to help encourage more local talent to embrace medicine. While medical graduates represent 10 different nationalities, a third are Qatari nationals; and female students accounted for nearly 67% of all graduates, indicating the strong interest in medicine among female students, ”added Dr Al-Khal.

HMC is the first healthcare system in the region to obtain the prestigious institutional accreditation of ACGME International LLC ( To date, fourteen (14) of HMC’s residency training programs and nine subspecialty scholarship programs have successfully achieved accreditation from the ACGME International LLC program. QU Medical College graduates have been assigned residency programs in 13 different specialties, including anesthesiology, community medicine, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, plastic surgery and psychiatry.

HMC sponsors over twenty (20) residency programs and over 60 scholarship programs in different sub-specialties. Additionally, HMC is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) as an academic medical center. HMC is also a member of the Qatar University Health System, with a tripartite mission to advance clinical care through teaching, education and research, and is a senior affiliate of two Qatar medical schools, including the College of Medicine from the University of Qatar.


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