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[BCPP]: Berd’s Postgraduate in General Medicine Going for Otolaryngology Residency image

Arayik Narinyan’s recollections of the Nagorno-Karabakh war are intertwined with his childhood. “I was a little kid, and we used to hide in the cellar when we heard shelling or bombing. I even remember how the Azeri snipers bombarded the school building,” he says stressing the lack of doctors they had back then.

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[Health Programs]: With Changes in Healthcare Requirements, CME Remains a Top Program for Armenia’s Doctors image

For more than a decade FAR, through its Continuing Medical Education Program (CME), has been one of the pioneers of greater support for professional development opportunities for the regional doctors who need it most, as well as a leader in pushing for positive reform of Armenia’s healthcare system. The most recent change in this area is the country’s move to update its licensing regulations for medical providers. Previously, all medical institutions were responsible for passing licensing exams and meeting requirements, which led to doctors’ decreased motivation and ownership regarding their own credentials. With the recent change, doctors are now mandated to be individually responsible for their licenses and ensure that they meet the requirements in order to continue to practice. ...

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[Health Programs]: An Agent in Heroism image

Pediatrician Dr. Susanna Ayvazyan is already the healthcare provider for her second-generation of patients—the children for whose mothers and fathers she began seeing 25 years ago when she first started working at Berd Medical Center. After graduating from Yerevan State Medical University, she and her husband moved from Yerevan to Tavush Province to live with his family. Today, she has more than 950 patients from Berd City and Verin Karmiraghbyur Village. “I love my job. I do it with passion,” said the 53-year-old. “I especially love my little patients. I know nearly everyone by their face. Working in the provinces is a bit challenging but one of the best things about it is that people are very honest here. Living ...

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Scholarship Established as Legacy to One of FAR’s Most Valued Leaders standard

Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) wishes to recognize the achievements of the Vice Chair of its Board of Directors Annette Choolfaian, who our organization has had the privilege to work with since its inception. Ms. Choolfaian recently retired after a 50-year illustrious career through which she has worked to improve the healthcare, both at home and abroad. She has spent the past two decades as Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College (NYMC). As a testament to her role as a transformative and innovative force in the field of public health, NYMC’s board of trustees recently bestowed upon her the honor of professor emeritus. Further, in order to create a more fitting legacy for ...

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[FAR Healthcare]: Another Step Toward Tackling Childhood Malnutrition standard

FAR’s healthcare team successfully concluded the second part of the very first seminar of the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program. The five-day seminar was specifically aimed at improving childhood malnutrition in Berd Marz. Drawn from a training curriculum developed by UNICEF Armenia, it focused on the latest guidelines for infant and child nutrition and growth. Part one of the seminar was held in October. Dr. Susanna Harutyunyan, associate professor of the Pediatric Department at Yerevan State Medical University, conducted the training and assisted FAR in providing relevant printed materials, including brochures, booklets and posters, which participants will distribute throughout the region. While in Berd, Dr. Harutyunyan also visited the Berd Medical Center to provide medical consultations, assess patients’ clinical ...

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[FAR Healthcare]: First Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Medical Seminar Held in Berd standard

On 18 October FAR’s health programs team organized its first seminar as part of the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program, which is tackling childhood malnutrition in Armenia’s Berd Region. The first day of the two-day seminar was specifically dedicated to physicians working in Berd. Associate Professor of the Pediatric Department for Yerevan State Medical University Susanna Harutyunyan conducted a five-hour training about the latest guidelines and suggestions regarding infant nutrition, including breast feeding. At the same time, Lilit Gabrielyan from the National Food and Drug Safety Agency evaluated the conditions of local kindergartens in the region, talking to their directors about best ways children can better access better nutrition at school. The second day of the conference included continued ...

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[Healthcare]: American Neuroanesthesiologist Visits Armenia standard

Dr. Rafi Avitsian, a neuroanasthesiologist from the Cleveland Clinic in the United States traveled to Armenia in September to share his professional experiences with his compatriots. On September 15, he spoke at a neuroanasthesiology seminar in Yerevan that was organized by FAR and the Armenian Society of Anesthesiologists in collaboration with Medassist Medical Center. FAR Healthcare and Social Programs director Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan and Medassist Medical Center Director Dr. Harutyun Mangoyan commenced the seminar, which had drawn interest from several regions of Armenia. On September 16, Dr. Avitsian met with a diverse group of physicians, including Yerevan State Medical University professors and FAR CME trainers during an informal gathering at the Republic Scientific Medical Library organized by FAR and FARFAA. Dr. Avistian informed the physicians about a unique medical ...

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[FAR Health Programs]: Medical Humanitarianism standard

Here, the best medical practices bear fruit for the healthy future of numerous patients. When the smiling doctor suddenly wakes them up from a drowsy state of post-operative rehabilitation, the surgeries seem to have lasted less than a split-second. Then, the patients begin to see the wards filled with fuzzy lights that become more and more clear with every hour of returning to normal life. Dr. Artem Stepanyan, Associate Professor in oncology of Yerevan State Medical University, is training Dr. Karine Verdyan at “Shengavit” Medical Center where he is Deputy General Director in Scientific Affairs. Dr. Verdyan is a gynecology consultant from the Sevan Polyclinic. She was enrolled in FAR’s CME program during the moth of January 2013. “It was ...

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[FAR Medical Programs]: Exclusive Training for Regional Doctors standard

Dr. Masis Perk is an Armenian-Canadian cardiologist in Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro, Canada. He visits Armenia very often. During each visit he volunteers to give lectures at Yerevan State Medical University and various other institutions throughout Armenia. During his latest visit to Armenia, Dr. Perk collaborated with FAR to organize a seminar on “The Modern Approach to Patients with Myocardial Infarction and Chronic Heart Failure.” The talks were held at the Ararat and Masis regional hospitals on September 27and 28. Dr. Perk emphasized the importance of these seminars for regional physicians in delivering information about the newest approaches and methodologies for their theoretical and practical use.

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[FAR Health Programs]: New Equipment Helps Bolster Healthcare Systems of Armenia and Karabagh. standard

Three medical centers in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh received bone densitometer machines—indispensable equipment in the evaluation of bone health—thanks to the generosity of Dr. John Bilezikian, professor of medicine and pharmacology at Columbia University, and the Massachusetts-based Hologic Company. This is just one of many examples of Dr. Bilezikian’s continued support of Armenia’s medical institutions and professionals. Dr. Bilezikian, in collaboration with a number of specialists from Yerevan, has also organized lecture series on modern diagnostic and treatment approaches to osteoporosis The Scientific Research Center of Mother and Child Health Protection, Yerevan State Medical University’s Muratsan University Hospital, the Erebuni Medical Center and the Scientific Center of Orthopedics and Traumatology, all received the densitometer machines last year through an effort coordinated ...

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