Posted on March 15, 2016

A 4-week high school Medicine Winter Camp organized by Qatar University College of Medicine (CMED) and the Biomedical Research Center (BRC) concluded last Saturday. The activity that started on March 12, engaged 25 female students from 7 high schools in Qatar -- Al Wakra Independent Secondary School, Al Khor Independent Secondary School, Al Bayan Independent Secondary School, Um Ayman Independent Secondary School, Al Maha Academy, Doha Academy and Al Jazeera Academy. 

It was designed to attract them to the medical profession through fun science hands-on lab experiments and expand their knowledge on important health and medical issues. The students participated in a number of practical experiences that addressed a wide range of medical and biological topics such as cellular responses, types of human-borne bacteria, and protein detection and analysis. They also interacted with current CMED students and heard about their academic journey and future career aspirations.

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Lulwa Bahzad from Al Maha Academy said: “I had a great experience and I am motivated by it to enter this college. At first, I was scared of medicine but when I met the current students I thought that I can do it too, especially when I found out that my GPA would allow me to enter the college. After every activity and the responses I received  to my questions, I believed more and more that medicine could be the career for me in the future.”

Al Wakra Secondary School student Asma Abdulrahman said: “I loved the activities and I am now seriously considering getting into medicine. I learned many new things and when I return home, I will research more and learn about the topics more deeply.” Her colleague Sara Al Marzooqi said: “The activities made me excited to enter medicine. I enjoyed talking to current students who really helped us understand what it is like to be at the college. Overall it was a great experience -- if I could do it again, I would.”

Sherifa Al Rumaihi from Al Bayan Secondary School said: “Since I was small, I was encouraged by my family to study medicine. I was one of the first to register when I heard about the camp. We learned many things which completely changed my perspective about medicine. I really enjoyed the experience and if there were another opportunity, I would really like to participate.”