Posts Tagged ‘continuing medical education’


[CME]: FAR CME Trainers Celebrate at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

December 17, 2010

By Hambardzum Simonyan

This year, FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program celebrates its sixth anniversary. In honor of such a special occasion, FAR decided to do something noteworthy for its annual Christmas reception. To thank them for all their incredible work, FAR brought the trainers to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin where His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, blessed each of them.

FAR also sent a special request to the Catholicos to give his blessings to the FAR Staff, FAR Fellowship Alumni Association board members, in addition to the CME trainers.

In his opening speech, FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan expressed deep gratitude to the Catholicos for the reception and conveyed warm greetings on behalf of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, FAR’s Board of Directors and FAR Vice-Chairman Dr. Edgar Housepian. Bagrat briefly talked about the FAR CME Program, along with the trainers’ achievements.

Ara Babloyan, FAR FAA Board member and National Assembly member, described the philosophy of FAR’s medical programs and their progress over the recent years. “During the 1990s FAR trained 100 physicians in the U.S. Later, those 100 physicians trained and shared their experience with thousands of Armenian doctors through the CME Program. We sincerely hope this program will expand even more in the future and create more opportunities.”

His Holiness Karekin II thanked all trainers for their volunteer work, benevolence and contribution to healthcare in Armenia. “I highly appreciate the great work done by FAR, and the devotion of the volunteer physicians, who willingly help the Armenian community,” he said.

The reception was concluded with a tour of Etchmiadzin, which highlighted Christian heritage and spiritual art works.

CME gives doctors from Armenia’s rural areas the opportunity to enhance their modern medical knowledge and practice. These doctors have the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and methodologies from top healthcare providers in Yerevan free of cost.

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan


[CME]: Cardiology Seminar Comes to Dilijan.

October 12, 2010

FAR recently held another medical seminar, which followed the most recent one on pediatric anesthesiology on October 1st and 2nd. About 30 doctors from towns all around Tavush Marz, including Dilijan, Ijevan, Noyemberyan and Tavush, gathered in Dilijan for a cardiology lecture last Friday.

Well-known Canadian-Armenian Cardiologist Dr. Masis Perk led the seminar. Dr. Perk had come to Armenia to participate in the conferences dedicated to Yerevan State Medical University’s 90th anniversary in Yerevan. Because it is difficult for many of Armenia’s physicians who practice in rural areas to actually travel to Yerevan, Dr. Perk brought a seminar to them.


Credit: FAR Staff

CME gives doctors from Armenia’s rural areas the opportunity to enhance their modern medical knowledge and practice. These doctors have the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and methodologies from top healthcare providers in Yerevan free of cost. CME also holds symposiums throughout the year.


Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: Doctors Visit Republican Scientific Medical Library.

September 23, 2010

Since 1992, FAR has helped the Republican Scientific Medical Library to become the major resource for Armenia’s medical community. Today a visit to RSML and a lesson on how to utilize its resources is one of the components of FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program. This month’s CME participants attended a lecture at RSML on September 16, during which they learned how to navigate its global electronic library.

CME gives doctors from Armenia’s rural areas the opportunity to enhance their modern medical knowledge and practice. These doctors have the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and methodologies from top healthcare providers in Yerevan free of cost.


Credit: FAR Staff


[Dispatches From Armenia]: Lost in Translation.

July 29, 2010

I realize this title is kind of a cop out. But there’s some truth to it. I was lucky enough to constantly be around an Armenian or Russian speaker during my first two weeks here and I could easily get by with my Armenian “hello” and “thank you.”

Now, when I’m out wandering the streets of Yerevan, I run into some problems. The other day I asked for coffee and then I inadvertently refused it. (Refusing rich, delicious Armenian coffee is a now crime in my book, too.) We had to have a third party intervention. Just days before that, I asked for lemonade but ended up with pear juice. Worse things can happen due to my language deficiencies, I know. And at least I’m trying. I think I’ve mastered how to ask for a bottle of water, (essential in this heat) and now I’m working on the forms of you, us, we, etc. Small steps.

Lost in Yerevan


Credit: Hasmik Manukyan

One thing’s for certain — I could listen to Armenian for hours and stare at the Armenian signs I see everywhere because the alphabet fascinates me. Does that count? Regardless, I’m so appreciative that most Armenians I meet tolerate my bad pronunciation and dearth of vocabulary, even when their questions are met with my perplexed looks. Their patience and understanding are a testament to their warmth and understanding. Shnorhakal em Hayastan. 

Erin –

Etchings at Tatev Monastery

Credit: FAR Staff


[Dispatches From Armenia]: A Glimpse of CME.

July 28, 2010

It’s amazing what some of Armenia’s doctors are able to work with. Today, while visiting several medical centers in and around Yerevan I was able to see where the physicians participating in this month’s Continuing Medical Education Program are based. Walking through neonatology wards and intensive care units, I heard a few stories about their home institutions.

One anesthesiologist must observe through facial expression and movement how her patients under anesthesia react during surgery because her hospital in Vanadzor doesn’t have all of the proper monitoring equipment. Another neonatologist is one of a team of two who must care for the 30 infants who come to her hospital every month. Her hospital also lacks proper equipment and they are simply unable to transport these children to Yerevan in the case of severe emergencies. And then there are other obstacles, like no electricity, no running water, etc.

I’ve seen similar conditions in other parts of the world. But hearing these stories, no matter how brief, still leaves me incredulous and also awestruck by these doctors’ dedication and resourcefulness. Things need to continue to change, however. The CME program gives them the opportunity to spend a month training with leading specialists in Yerevan. And they can learn new methods and establish a network with their mentors that they can use in the future. CME is making strides with healthcare in this country and with a waiting list of more than 100 people, demand for it is high. With more support it can be expanded, and all of Armenia will continue to benefit as that expansion happens.

Erin –

A modern hospital in Yerevan


Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: FAR Explores Medical Education Opportunity in Nagorno-Karabagh.

July 26, 2010

Dr. Hambartsum Simonyan, coordinator of FAR’s health programs, and Yerevan State Medical University Vice Rector Dr. Gevorg Yaghjyan, made a trip to Karabagh last week to visit with the new Minister of Health Dr. Sergey Movesesyan, and explore the opportunities for cooperation between the ministry, FAR, and YSMU. Both doctors made presentations about FAR’s Continuing Medical Education programs and Salzburg International Medical Seminars to physicians from hospitals, clinics, and maternity wards throughout Stepanakert.

In addition, the doctors organized visits to the Pediatric hospital in Stepanakert and general hospital in Shushi. They also stopped in Goris to meet with four YSMU residents and eight medical students who are spending their summer there.

Through these efforts, FAR and YSMU hope to interest more doctors in their programs and improve overall quality of healthcare in the provinces.

Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan (right) & Dr. Gevorg Yaghjyan (left)
with NK Minister of Health Dr. Sergey Movesesyan (middle)


Credit: FAR Staff

Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan & Dr. Gevorg Yaghjyan
with Doctors from the General Hospital in Sushi


Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: CME Mentors Look Forward.

July 20, 2010

Program trainers for FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program met with staff on July 9 to review program statistics, achievements, success stories, and also brainstorm ways to strengthen the program in the future. This is the first of two such meetings that will be held this year.

Since 2005, the CME program has enabled Armenian doctors in the provinces to enhance their medical skills to better serve their patients and improve the country’s overall healthcare system. The number of trainers involved in the program has continually increased thanks to partnerships with the Salzburg International Medical Seminar program, Yerevan State Medical University clinics, among others.

CME Program trainers and mentors, the vice dean of YSMU, the director of the Republican Scientific Medical Library, and the Salzburg Medical Program coordinator for Armenia all participated.


Credit: FAR Staff