Written by Dr Mohamud Verjee (S. 1965-69)
Friday, 29 June 2007

Life has taken another turn in academia as my wife and I now prepare to depart for my new posting in Doha, Qatar. The task ahead is with Weill Cornell Medical College at Qatar (WCMC-Q), at their newest campus.

I am charged with the responsibility of leading the Family Medicine Programme by training medical students in their final two years of study. The first graduates will be in 2008. I assume the inaugural position of Director, Primary Care Services. Teaching and research will be the dominant roles with the faculty appointment to Cornell's Department of Medicine. There is an added privilege of practising family medicine in the Qatari community, and extending general practice and primary care. Cornell is the first North American University to award an MD degree outside the USA. Qatar is thriving economically through its large reserves of oil and gas, and has a very strong focus on education. It is also a wonderful place for a holiday although challenging temperatures in the 40+ C range are not uncommon for about three months of the year. One of these days, we must make Commemoration!


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