Dr. Zhanna Chalyan of Artsakh’s Martakert Medical Center is a physician who actively tries to improve her skills every day, and she loves to share her new-found knowledge with her colleagues. She spent October in Yerevan to undergo training at Shengavit Medical Center through FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program (CME).

“I was affiliated with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, but I also took the opportunity to watch and practice in every department I was interested in,” said the 42-year-old physician. “It was very useful and interesting. I learned how to give spinal anesthesia for a C-section, as well as how to give an epidural. I will try to consult with our gynecologists in Martakert Medical Center and apply what I have learned there.”

Dr. Zhanna was able to undergo the month-long training thanks to the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization‘s (AAHPO), which supports CME fellows from Artsakh.

After graduating from Yerevan Medical University in 1999, Zhanna returned to her roots in Artsakh where she started working as a general doctor at the local clinic in Martakert, eventually becoming their head of general medicine. In 2002, she decided to do some further coursework at Martakert Medical Center to specialize in anesthesiology. In 2012, she refreshed her skills in anesthesiology in Yerevan through CME. This time with CME, she mainly focused on anesthesiology in obstetrics-gynecology.

“FAR organizes CME very well. Besides what knowledge I gained from the hospital, this time I greatly benefited from computer classes. The staff at the National Medical Library taught me how to use electronic resources,” said Dr. Zhanna. “I learned about some of the rare diseases that occur in Artsakh that we aren’t used to dealing with, so now I am better prepared to handle them. I also learned details about some specific drug usage. All in all, I spent a very productive month in Yerevan and am very grateful to have had this opportunity.”