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Doha College takes first, second and third place at GEMS-MED 2021

Cristina Ionascu

At the beginning of the summer term, 22 teams from five schools in Qatar participated in the GEMS-MED 2021, a virtual conference where students presented medical papers under the main overarching themes of

- Diseases and disorders
- Oncology
- Neuroscience psychiatry
- Oral health
- Pharmacological developments
- Technology in medicine

Doha College entered five teams, three of which shared the entire (virtual) podium – placing first, second and third in the competition.

Third place went to the team comprising Shada Kodumayil, Jade Pires and Shahd Ashawesh, who put together a presentation on neuroscience.

In second place came the team made of Nazah Amina Saleem, Tolulope Obideyi, Marwa Ansari, who wrote on the subject of oral health.

First place was claimed by the team made of Mathula Muhundan, Varsha Senthilkumar, Arousha Rizwan, whose presentation tackled diseases and disorders. Their investigation stressed on the importance of accelerating progress in the field of mitochondrial disease research, as well as aiming to explore and discuss the promising new developments in diagnosis and treatment that could help save millions of lives each year.

Their achievement is all the more impressive, considering that their research was carried out with no teacher input, over the midterm break. They were able to successfully collaborate in creating winning works in a process that was student-driven to the last finishing touch.

If you would like to find out more about the winning presentation, peruse the slides below (tap to open the presentation, missing of course the students’ spoken commentary). One judge’s comment described the work as something “you may see from a medical student in their first or second year.”

The conference was seamlessly organised by GEMS American Academy Qatar, and the teams came from Global Academy International, Doha Academy, Doha College, American Academy School and GEMS American Academy Qatar.

Congratulations to all participants and best of luck to Mathula – member of the winning team – who is leaving Doha College to study Life Sciences at the University of Toronto, with the goal to study medicine afterwards (a graduate-level second degree in Canada). Well done!

  • British International School
  • Doha College
  • Education in Qatar
  • GEMS-MED 2021
  • International School in Doha
  • Learning in Qatar
  • Mathula Muhundan
  • Medical Conference