Info Flash
April 2013
Armenian Medical International Committee
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AMWC 11 Updates
Mouse Microsurgery/echocardiography workshop
Health Educational Kiosks for Armenia - Translators needed!
Cancer drugs for Syria
Individual AMIC membership

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Dear All,
There are fewer than 10 weeks until the Congress in Hollywood.  Our AAMS colleagues have prepared a feast of an educational program, and a culinary feast or two besides. 

Register Today!

 11th Armenian Medical World Congress
July 3 - 7, 2013
Loews Hotel, Hollywood, California
The 11th AMWC will offer up to (20) hour Continuing Medical Education AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) to participants.  The 11th AMWC will also offer 9 Continuing Dental Education credits to dental health professionals attending the Dental Breakout Session and a minimum of 6 Continuing Nursing Education credits to Registered Nurses attending the Nursing Breakout Session.
Advanced registration pricing will end on May 1, 2013.

The Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality / California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  AAMS takes responsibility for the content, quality andd scientific integrity of this CME activity.
The AAMS designates this educational activity, 11th Armenian Medical World Congress,  for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mouse Microsurgery and Echocardiography Workshop, August 2013 in Ohio
Vahagn Ohanyan of Northeast Ohio Medical University has organized a pair of workshops for August 2013.  The first workshop, one mouse microsurgery will be from August 12-16 and second workshop on small animal echocardiography will be held August 19-21.  These workshops target cardiovascular and cerebrovascular researchers, and students in postgraduate, postdoctoral, medical, veterinary and research programs.  You can view the flyer by clicking here.   The link from Dr Ohanyan's e-mail below requires a password.

From: Vahagn Ohanyan []
Sent: April-15-13 1:20 PM
Subject: Mouse microsurgery and echocardiography workshops
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
  I am organizing mouse microsurgery and echocardiography workshops (attached is the flyer for workshop). The workshop will be in Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio, USA.
If you are interested or you know someone who will be interested pleased forward this email to them.
Also if you want to know more information  about the workshop, please feel free to contact me. The shortened URL,, links to the site I provided below for your review.
Thanks a lot.  Best Regards
 Vahagn Ohanyan, MD, PhD,
Research Assistant Professor.
Department of Integrative Medical Sciences Northeast Ohio Medical University
4209 St. Rt. 44, PO Box 95
Rootstown, Ohio 44272
Telephone 1-330.325.6535   fax 1-330.325.5912

Translators needed (English to Armenian) for health education materials in Armenian rural villages

Dear All,
I have been asked by a local nonprofit company to help find translators for health education materials which are offered in a programmed-text format for learning centers in remote Armenian villages.

WiRED International has placed kiosks and online educational materials in remote villages around the world.  They have started including rural Armenian villages this year and will send some of their lead personnel to Armenia in May 2013.

Click here to see an example of one of their modules, this one is one of several modules about diabetes.  If you can imagine the attached text being translated into a serial slide show of text, you'll have an idea of what the finished product looks like.  The learning modules range in complexity, and while some are intended for physician training, others are for patient education.

There is a lot of material to translate.  WiRED would like to avoid the expense of professional translation services.  This might be perfect work experience for a budding healthcare professional who is fluent in English and Armenian, has some mastery of healthcare vocabulary, and would like to help advance the healthcare literacy of thousands of Armenian villagers.

Let me know if you know of anyone who can help.  Thank you,
Jerry Manoukian

For more information on WiRED International please click here

Cancer drugs for Syria (Dr Armen Kasbarian)

Dr Armen Kasbarian is a pharmacist living in Aleppo Syria.  He has requested our help in obtaining cancer chemotherapeutic agents for use in war-torn Syria.
The list of requested medications includes the following:
Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Gemcitibine, Paclitaxel, Docetaxel, Cytarabine, Carboplatin, Cisplatin

In addition, he has also stated a need for iron tablets, and recommends that we consider sending hepatitis A vaccine - 10,000 doses for 5,000 people.

While there have been medication shipments to Syria from Armenia, sending medications from Diaspora through Yerevan is tricky, as the medicines may be held up in the Zvartnots Airport.  Dr Kasbarian believes that it is easier to send medication via Armenian organizations in Beirut. 

Trying to obtain these chemotherapeutic agents here in the United States would be considerable financial challenge.   Can anyone provide insight into how we can obtain these medications, perhaps outside of the United States?

Developing a protocol for individual membership in AMIC

AMIC is currently composed of member organizations who send representatives to our general meetings.  Because many of our colleagues live in areas where there are not formed Armenian healthcare organizations, we have discussed ways of Including them them formally as members.

considerations include appropriate dues payments for small or individual organizations, voting rights etc.  For a more thorough discussion of proposals to be discussed at the General Assembly in July, click here.

From the President
It is now two months until the 11th Armenian Medical World Congress in Hollywood, California.  It will be my honor to help moderate the plenary session on healthcare in Armenia, with the participation of the  Minister of Health and others.  This discussion tends to be one of the livelier parts of the Congress.  This year, it will be held on the Friday of the Congress rather than the traditional Saturday morning.  There should be focus on the participation of  the Diaspora as well as what is happening within the boundaries of Armenia and NKR.  Should we continue with our efforts as we have been, trying to strengthen, bolster, or sometimes duplicate the medical system in Armenia?  At what point to do we try to overhaul the medical system in Armenia?  Is 21 years of nationhood too soon? Jerry
And what we do need here in the Diaspora?  Solving medical problems relies on improved communication, which is one of the reasons we haven't solved our medical problems here in the United States.  How are we doing in Armenia?
  • smoking is banned in some public places
  • Use of seatbelts is now required by law
  • Armenia does not have the fascination with guns that is seen in the US

But challenges remain.  It is my hope that the Friday morning Congress will address three questions:

  • What does Armenia need?
  • How much does education fill this need?
  • How can AMIC help?
The Armenian Medical International Committee was started in 1990 and first opened its office in 1994.  Nearly 20 years later, we still consist of diverse chapters, scattered around the earth, bonded by love and friendship, but not always familiar with work being done by chapters outside of our own.  We keep in contact through e-mails, noisy Skype conferences, and an annual General meeting where we can finally regroup with colleagues and dream large.

How does the web page look to you?   Would light print against a dark background be easier to read?

AMWC 11 Updates

for Congress info:

Hotel registration:

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  • YSMU Alumni Association

YSMU Grads!   Please join us Friday evening July 5 at the 11th Armenian Medical World Congress in Hollywood. 
Info is available at    

Find us on Linkedin (link can be found on the webpage).  You can also register for the Association using the link on the same webpage.

  • Healthcare in Armenia Plenary Session

Friday morning July 5, the Plenary session will focus on Healthcare in Armenia.  The Minister of Health of Armenia will discuss Healthcare Policy in Armenia, and the other presentations will discuss what Armenia needs, how much education will play a role, what else is needed, and how the Diaspora can help. 

This session replaces the Saturday morning Strategic sessions that we had in the San Francisco and New York Congresses.  Obviously there is much to discuss.  If you have any strong opinions or ideas of how the session could proceed, please share them with me at  Thanks,  --Jerry Manoukian, AMIC President

  • Early Registration and Abstract Submission deadline March 30

Here's a handy link to the Congress Website Registration page

AMIC has a Silicon Valley office

In addition to our Montreal office, we also have an office in Mountain View, California (home of 23andme, Chez TJ,  and so many dot-com startups).   We have a new phone line, 1-650-961-2013. 
The address is:
   Armenian Medical International Committee
   c/o Jerry Manoukian
   2500 Hospital Drive, Building 4,
   Mountain View, CA  94040, USA
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In addition to the usual correspondence ( you can reach us in California at 

See you in Hollywood!

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