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[Armenian Life]: Why do we visit Armenia? – Talene's Baroyan New Column. standard

By Talene Baroyan So many Armenian-Americans travel to their motherland during early adulthood.  I think we do this not only because we want to learn more about our culture, but also because we want to give back to the country that has given us so much to be proud of. Personally, I spent a week in 1998 interning at the Foreign Ministry in Armenia.  Following my brief internship, I traveled through Armenia as a tourist.  The experiences I had during these two weeks were quite eye-opening.  I fell in love with the gorgeous landscapes of the Armenian countryside and the enterprising spirit found in young Armenians freshly relieved of the old Soviet economic system.  When I first learned about FAR, ...

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[FAR New York | FAR Events]: Honoring Armenia’s Healthcare Professionals. standard

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, along with the FAR Board of Directors, recently hosted a dinner at the Diocese to honor the service of a distinguished group of Armenia’s healthcare professionals, most of them former FAR Medical Fellows. Also in attendance at the event were Professor Harutyun Kushkyan, Minister of Health of Armenia, Dr. Armen Khachatryan, Minister of Health of Republic of Nagorno- Karabakh, and Mrs. Hranush Hakobyan, Minister of Diaspora of Armenia. Dr. E. Housepian, Dr. A. Chobanian, Prof. H. Kushkyan, and Dr. A. Babloyan asb360. © 2009 During the 1990s, FAR organized and funded a special program that brought 89 young doctors from Armenia to study in leading hospitals in the United States. The FAR ...

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[FAR New York | FAR Events]: Honoring Armenia’s Healthcare Professionals. standard

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, along with the FAR Board of Directors, recently hosted a dinner at the Diocese to honor the service of a distinguished group of Armenia’s healthcare professionals, most of them former FAR Medical Fellows. Also in attendance at the event were Professor Harutyun Kushkyan, Minister of Health of Armenia, Dr. Armen Khachatryan, Minister of Health of Republic of Nagorno- Karabakh, and Mrs. Hranush Hakobyan, Minister of Diaspora of Armenia. Dr. E. Housepian, Dr. A. Chobanian, Prof. H. Kushkyan, and Dr. A. Babloyan asb360. © 2009 During the 1990s, FAR organized and funded a special program that brought 89 young doctors from Armenia to study in leading hospitals in the United States. The FAR ...

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Workshops Reveal Young Talents. standard

At FAR’s Nor Hajn Soup Kitchen, children receive more than just hot meals.  FAR, in cooperation with the “Manana” NGO, has arranged photography and journalism training for the youngsters. Along with their lessons, children are provided with cameras, and gain practical experience taking pictures in the neighborhoods of Nor Hajn and Abovyan.  Thus far, the results have been quite unexpected: the children have been able to capture some very unique portrayals of their fellow citizens’ lives!  Once the project is completed, the photos will be published in an album. Lilit’s pictures Seda’s picture Roza’s pictures Gayane’s picture

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Workshops Reveal Young Talents. standard

At FAR’s Nor Hajn Soup Kitchen, children receive more than just hot meals.  FAR, in cooperation with the “Manana” NGO, has arranged photography and journalism training for the youngsters. Along with their lessons, children are provided with cameras, and gain practical experience taking pictures in the neighborhoods of Nor Hajn and Abovyan.  Thus far, the results have been quite unexpected: the children have been able to capture some very unique portrayals of their fellow citizens’ lives!  Once the project is completed, the photos will be published in an album. Lilit’s pictures Seda’s picture Roza’s pictures Gayane’s picture

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: CME Coordinator Published in “Medicine: Science and Education” standard

FAR’s very own Health Programs Coordinator, Hambardzum Simonyan, was published in the May issue of Yerevan State Medical University’s scientific journal titled Medicine: Science and Education. Hambardzum co-authored the article with YSMU’s Gevorg Yaghjyan. The article is titled “Current Issues of the Continuing Medical Education (CME), Credit Accumulation System Reforms in Armenia.” Hambardzum Simonyan ASB360. © 2009 In the article, the authors suggest a “CME Credit Accumulation System” method which is based on the Russian and Canadian models, as well as their own personal experiences with CME. The aim of the postgraduate health care education crediting system is to improve professionals’ continuing education by making education more accessible, affordable and standardized. Congratulations Hambardzum!

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: CME Coordinator Published in "Medicine: Science and Education" standard

FAR’s very own Health Programs Coordinator, Hambardzum Simonyan, was published in the May issue of Yerevan State Medical University’s scientific journal titled Medicine: Science and Education. Hambardzum co-authored the article with YSMU’s Gevorg Yaghjyan. The article is titled “Current Issues of the Continuing Medical Education (CME), Credit Accumulation System Reforms in Armenia.” Hambardzum Simonyan ASB360. © 2009 In the article, the authors suggest a “CME Credit Accumulation System” method which is based on the Russian and Canadian models, as well as their own personal experiences with CME. The aim of the postgraduate health care education crediting system is to improve professionals’ continuing education by making education more accessible, affordable and standardized. Congratulations Hambardzum!

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[GITC] : Fourth of July at GITC standard

While Americans celebrated a holiday, some Armenians were hard at work. Specifically, second year students at the Gyumri Information Technology Center publicly defended their diploma thesis projects. These capstone works in hardware and software development demonstrated that each student had mastered their respective two year curriculum’s. Thesis supervisors, visiting professors, and the school’s administration deliberated after the public presentations to assign grades according to published standards institutionalized for the first time this year. For a look-see at what the proceedings were like, go look at our partner’s photo gallery page and check out the Thesis Defense 2009 gallery. These students will be graduating in a formal ceremony on July 18, 2009. Dr. Aram Hajian, Dean of the Computer Information Systems ...

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: More than one hundred smiles. standard

Sometimes, it can be hard to come across a smile in Armenia.  This is generally due to difficult social conditions that FAR works to remedy.  However, some children are simply unable to smile, as they are born with the congenital defect of cleft palate or lip. Years ago the “Smile” International Organization was born, allowing doctors to perform operations to fix this condition afflicting children in various countries.  Last October, the project was launched in Armenia, with visiting physicians operating on nearly 50 children from various Armenian regions.  In coming weeks, 50-55 more operations will be performed on beneficiaries from Armenian regions. “These children are also born beautiful as the others. However, only due to this life changing operation their ...

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