WCM-Q students will now be able to take electives at Al Ahli Hospital’s Heart Center following the signing of a new affiliation agreement.
The agreement was signed by Khaled Emadi, the CEO of Al Ahli Hospital, and Dr. Abdurrazzak Gehani, chairman of Al Ahli Heart Center, withe Dr. Robert Crone, WCM-Q’s vice dean for clinical and faculty affairs, and Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, the college’s senior associate dean for medical education, signing on behalf of WCM-Q.
The agreement outlines the rules and regulations for WCM-Q students that allows them to take an elective at the Heart Center. The college’s trainee doctors will experience bedside clinical teaching, as well as attending all investigations carried out in the center, including procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and open-heart surgery. The program will be directed by Dr. Gehani with the teams in the Heart Center. Patients’ privacy, confidentiality, dignity and consent will be at the center of all conduct, as is the standard in all teaching institutions.
Khaled Emadi, Al Ahli Hospital’s CEO, expressed his delight at the signing of the affiliation with WCM-Q, which provides an educational opportunity for medical students and affirms the culture of proper medical practice, while also raising the standards of service. He also affirmed the commitment of Al Ahli Hospital towards excellence in the fields of medical training and education.
Mr. Emadi added that Al Ahli Hospital has included training and education among its development aims for the institution, and wants it to operate as a teaching hospital so that it contributes to the education of medical students in Qatar. The hospital’s efforts are to advance medicine, and medical education has a fundamental role in this goal.
Mr. Emadi further emphasized that Al Ahli Hospital is always ready to contribute to medical education in Qatar and, as a private institution, believes that such contributions are at the very core of the hospital’s social responsibilities towards the State of Qatar.
Dr. Crone said affiliation agreements are vitally important for doctor training.
He added: “The agreement with Al Ahli Hospital Heart Center provides a new training dimension for our students, allowing them to learn from experts and to experience both complex and basic medical procedures provided to the people of Qatar in the private sector.
“Weill Cornell Medicine’s agreements with all of our affiliate institutions are incredibly important to the education of our students, and their support ensures we graduate doctors who deliver world-class healthcare to the people of Qatar and beyond.”
Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, said the agreement would bring real benefits for students, doctors and patients.
She said: “We are extremely happy to be forming this important new collaboration between WCM-Q and Al Ahli Heart Center, two elite institutions that share the same commitment to providing excellence in patient care. We are excited by the benefits that this collaboration will bring to patients, healthcare professionals and our students as we move forwards.”
Jamal Hamad, the deputy CEO of Al Ahli, said the the ultimate aim in all this is the welfare of the patient, as medical students who are trained by experienced consultants will practice medicine to the same high standards.
Dr. Gehani, the chairman of Al Ahli Heart Center added that there is a keen interest from all parties to aim for the highest standards of patient clinical care and that medical education is the main pillar that guarantees healthcare advances in hospitals and specialized centers around the world. He added that he wishes that this milestone will contribute to the great advances that the nation witnesses, not only in Al Ahli Hospital and its Heart Center, but health services throughout Qatar.