Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) announced that its National Development Team will be renewing its commitment to supporting local talent in pursuing careers in science and medicine by offering the updated Education Grant and the Graduate Associate programs, commencing in 2015.
The Education Grant supports Qatari students (and those with Qatari mothers) in the study of medical and clinical degrees in select universities throughout the world, while the Graduate Associate program offers Qatari graduates who have successfully completed their Education Grants the opportunity to train for a medical career within Sidra. Through these programs, 165 Qatari medical students have been sponsored to pursue medical studies and careers at Sidra to date.
“Sidra’s National Development Team takes pride in the role we want to play in building future leaders in the healthcare sector and supporting the advancement of medical knowledge and services in Qatar. We are constantly striving towards building a world-class graduate development program and providing the students with valuable opportunities to learn from some of the best and well-known pioneers in the medical field. To realize this goal, we will be immersing graduates into a structured program that has a range of learning and development opportunities that will support them to achieve their personal career vision,” said Dr. Eiman Al Ansari, Director of National Development at Sidra.
The new Graduate Associate program provides students with a variety of development opportunities, including an orientation, job rotations in up to four different departments, corporate learning and development programs, a mentoring partnership between the Graduate Associate and a selected senior employee at Sidra, and a month-long Emerging Leaders program.
To kick off the National Development Team’s agenda in 2015, Sidra will be attending the UK Career Fair for Qatari Students in London on February 20-21, 2015. The event offers students a unique opportunity to learn about careers in medicine from distinguished physicians, researchers and allied health professionals in the field. Career fair attendees in London will be invited to become part of Qatar’s future healthcare talent by applying for Sidra’s Education Grant and Graduate Associate programs.
To give a glimpse into the lives of Sidra’s world-leading medical professionals and encourage students to pursue studies in science and medicine, Sidra’s Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer Dr. Abdulla Al Kaabi will be discussing his personal journey towards discovering his passion for healthcare. “It is always humbling to see the incredible effort and commitment our students put into pursuing their dreams. We strongly hope that we can inspire them in some way to dedicate their lives to helping others through science and medicine. Their contribution will have a significant impact for generations to come and in delivering on the promise of Qatar’s National Vision 2030,” said Dr. Al Kaabi.