The Four-Year Medical Curriculum is designed to follow on from the Two-Year Pre-medical Curriculum; together providing a comprehensive and cohesive program in line with WCM-Q’s mission to provide the finest education possible for medical students.
In September 2016, WCM-Q launched an innovative new curriculum which built on the successes of the previous curriculum and was guided by the key principles of enhancing the integration between the foundational sciences and clinical learning, and introducing students to patient care from day one of their studies.
The curriculum is centered on three key themes, these being the scientific basis of medicine, patient care and physicianship, and is continuously adapted to make the best use of the ever-increasing array of high technology that is revolutionising medical education. Students also participate in a longitudinal research experience which starts in the first year and concludes in the final year with an in-depth project conducted under the supervision of an experienced faculty member.
Need-based Financial Aid
International students who seek financial aid may apply to Qatar Foundation, which offers need-based no-interest loans that can cover up to 100% of a student's cost of attendance without regard for citizenship or national origin. This financial assistance program is based on a family's demonstrated need for help in meeting the cost of a Cornell education. Financial aid applications are available on the Qatar Foundation website.
The scholarship office in Qatar Foundation offers a limited number of scholarships to students based on top academic achievement on an annual basis. Such scholarship does not need to be repaid.
Premedical Curriculum: all required premedical coursework should be completed by January 31 of the year for which admission is sought.
Letters of Evaluation
MCAT scores. There are no cutoffs for MCAT scores.
Investigation in the Field of Medicine. This exploration may take the form of research, volunteer activities in medicine, preceptor experiences in medical practices or laboratories, summer employment, etc.
Research. The committee values applicants' research experiences, whether in basic science, social science or liberal arts. Research in biomedical sciences is encouraged.
Character. The committee seeks applicants whose characters are developing in a way conducive to the best practice of medicine which includes emotional maturity, personal depth, commitment to others' well-being, and ethical and moral integrity.
Basic Sciences. WCMC requires two semesters or their equivalent, in biology, chemistry and physics. These will typically be comprehensive introductory courses with laboratory work. In biology, coursework will typically include molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. We recommend that students who have not majored in basic sciences take at least two terms of biological science beyond the introductory level.
Organic Chemistry. We recommend two semesters of organic chemistry, with lab, but we accept one semester of organic chemistry, with lab, and one semester of other advanced biology or chemistry coursework. Examples include biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytic chemistry, and molecular genetics.
Writing-Intensive Courses. WCMC requires two semesters of writing-intensive courses: one in the humanities or social sciences (e.g., history, philosophy, anthropology), and one focusing on English-language literature.
Laboratory Coursework. In some instances, actual laboratory work experience may be substituted for laboratory courses.
Integrated Science Courses. Integrated science courses, that include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematical aspects of life sciences, may be substituted for coursework in the three basic science areas on a credit-hour-by-credit-hour basis. These courses should be rigorous, and competency in basic science content must be corroborated by achievement in other areas, such as advanced science courses, research and/or MCAT scores.
Breadth of Study. WCMC strongly encourages applicants to study a broad range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, beyond the minimal requirements for admission. Of particular value in the modern practice of medicine are statistics, ethics, psychology, anthropology, sociology and management skills.
Validity of Courses. To fulfill an admissions requirement, courses must have been satisfactorily completed within 10 years of application. We recommend that one or more advanced science course(s) be completed within five years of application. All required premedical coursework should be completed by January 31 of the year for which admission is sought.
Advanced Placement Credit. AP credit from high school can be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement in physics. AP credit in other areas cannot be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement. If a student has AP credit in an area other than physics, they fulfill the WCMC requirement by completing advanced science coursework.
Minimum Grade. The minimum grade in any course to fulfill a WCMC admissions requirement is "C”.
Online Courses. In general, courses taken online will not be accepted to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis; in these instances, the applicant must provide evidence of rigorous coursework.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP). In general, scores on CLEP examinations may not be used to fulfill WCMC admissions requirements. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
While most WCMC students will have completed undergraduate bachelor's degrees before matriculating at the medical school, an undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for acceptance or matriculation.