The students’ summer was notall work and no play. Althoughtheir duties kept them in the labfrom 9-5 during the work week,their evenings and weekends werefree, and they tried to make themost of their leisure time. As JehanAl Rayahi said, “We realize this isthe last summer of fun,” as nextsummer must be spent in prepara-tion for the USMLE.Shortly after they arrived in NewYork in early July the students at-tended a Broadway production of
Fiddler on the Roof,
and they madeexcursions to museums, events inCentral Park, and several of thecity’s interesting neighborhoods and attractions. Some,like Ali Farooki, spent leisure time visiting friends andrelatives who live in the region.In late July the Qatar campus students hosted a dinnerin their apartment for all of the Medical College Class of2008 students who were in New York City for the sum-mer. About 30 students attended the dinner, whichafforded students from both campuses a rare chance tointeract with each other on a social basis.Rana Biary appreciated the fact that the students fromthe New York campus shared some of the advice andinformation they had received from more advanced stu-dents. She said “It’s nice to talk to the students aboutthe USMLE and other expectations for our studies.”
Students enjoyNew York City offerings
perience she lacked and built up her conﬁdence. Dr. Silverwas very hands-on, spending several hours a day in the labmonitoring the researchers’ procedures and results. Biaryfeels that she beneﬁted from the attention. “It’s not justwhat you study, it’s how you approach it,” she said. “Youhave to approach lab work like a logarithm, be very orga-nized and go step by step. It doesn’t come intuitively. Butit will help me be a more dexterous clinician.”Dr. Silver, who is associate professor of physiology and biophysics, commented that Biary had beneﬁted from theexperience and contributed well to the work of the lab.“She has developed some good basic lab skills. She ap-plied her basic chemistry, making all her own solutionsand cell cultures, doing Western blots, and even assistingthe grad students in calcium imaging, which is very com-plicated. She took an active role in exposing herself todifferent opportunities.”For Maryam Nemati Shafaee, as for Biary, the fellow-ship was her ﬁrst taste of research. She engaged in basicscientiﬁc research in the lab of Lawrence Palmer, Ph.D.,professor of physiology and biophysics, investigating theexpression of the protein ENaC (epithelial sodium chan-nel) in the collecting ducts of the kidneys as comparedwith other parts of the kidney. Shafaee spent the sum-mer learning basic techniques like the Western blot, and becoming familiar with a variety of lab procedures. Shewas an active participant in lab meetings and journal club,and she presented a journal article to her laboratory col-leagues in mid-August.Shafaee also tried clinical research during her fellow-ship, reviewing charts and conducting data analysis forRache Simmons, M.D., Anne K. and Edwin C. WeiskopfAssociate Professor of Surgical Oncology. Shafaee said theexperience taught her a great deal about the morphologyand treatment of different types of breast cancer. She evenhad the opportunity to observe surgeries, an experiencethat greatly impressed her.Shafaee was hoping that her summer experience wouldgive her an idea of how the ﬁelds of clinical and basic sci-entiﬁc research operate, and she feels it gave her that, andmore. She was particularly impressed with, and gratefulfor, the camaraderie and kindness she found amongst theother researchers in the lab. “They knew that I don’t have
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While in New York, the WCMC-Q medical students had time to gather informally with facultywho were supervising them in the labs. Seen here are (standing, from left to right): Ali Farooki,Yasir Tarabichi (Class of 2009), Subhi Al Aref, Khaled Al Khelaiﬁ, Dr. Lawrence Palmer, MaryamShafaee, Dino Terzic, Vildana Omerovic, Dr. Olaf Andersen, Dr. Domenick Falcone, Dr. PhilipLeopold and Dr. Adam Asch. Seated are: Dr. Randi Silver, Amila Husic and Michelle Al Khulaiﬁ.