Qatar Foundation has provided WCMC-Q with magnificent facilities housed in a landmark building constructed to Cornell's specifications. The facilities were operational from summer 2003, and the building was officially inaugurated in October of that year.
The structure comprises two main buildings, each 200 meters long, with linking bridges that house faculty and student lounges, and four lecture halls in extraordinary three-dimensional geometric shapes. The treatment of the walls features patterns inspired by the geometric themes typical of Islamic art; playing off the shapes of the auditoria, they bring harmony to the building as a whole.
Within, the Medical College is equipped with world-class facilities supported by a range of technological solutions in the classroom and beyond, from videostreaming/videoconferencing and digitized collections of microscope slides to a library that is primarily electronic. Among the most outstanding features are:
- An integrated system of electronic teaching tools and a rear projection screen with three projectors in each lecture hall, allowing for the use of a variety of resources simultaneously.
- The Clinical Skills Center, fully equipped to support a clinical skills teaching and assessment program. Here, medical students learn the art and science of medicine using standardized patients and a range of equipment including mannequins and wireless stethoscopes.
- Extensive teaching laboratories and prep rooms.
- 20,000 square feet of research labs - capacity that may be doubled by the development of further "shell" space.
- Seminar rooms and laboratories designed to facilitate learning in small groups and equipped with Apple Macintosh computers and flat-panel, retractable 23-inch monitors that provide an unrivaled quality of image.
- The Distributed eLibrary, accessed via approximately 300 computers placed in clusters ("pods") throughout the building and through the wireless network. Users may access information resources of WCMC-Q, Cornell University, and Weill Cornell Medical College and its affiliates.
- Highly advanced teaching tools: For example, faculty and students have access to a virtual microscope system, allowing them to study microscope slides by digital display; personal digital assistants (PDAs) for evidence-based medicine; and multimedia resources, via videostreaming.