White Coat Ceremony at WCM-Q
21 Aug 2017 - 1:58
Qatar’s future doctors have taken the symbolic first step towards their chosen career by donning the white coat of the physician.
The 49 students of Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar’s Class of 2021 were presented with their new white coats and stethoscopes in front of an audience of family, friends and WCM-Q faculty and staff at the Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday. The presentation is a symbolic turning point, and marks the moment when the students, more than a third of whom are Qatari, begin the four-year medical curriculum at WCM-Q.
Lolwa Al Theyab was one of the students who participated.
Lolwa, who previously completed two years of pre-medical education at WCM-Q, said: “It’s just an honour and it’s very exciting. We’ve worked so hard for it over the last two years. It’s wonderful to be finally starting the medical curriculum, it’s what we came here for.”
Lolwa said she chose to embark on a career in medicine because it will give her the chance to help others, while also being intellectually stimulating and science-based.
Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean of WCM-Q, said the White Coat Ceremony was one of the highlights of the college’s academic year and was a time of real optimism and pride.
Dr. Sheikh said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of our new students to WCM-Q. The physician’s white coat and stethoscope are hugely symbolic and are recognized throughout the world and it is my honor to present them to our new students. “Putting on the white coat for the first time is a defining moment for all doctors. It is the moment when they take their first step into medicine and begin to learn the practical skills that will allow them to heal patients and to make a real difference to their local communities and the wider world.”