Dear colleagues and friends

I hope you are all having a safe and restful Superbowl Sunday (May the most deserving team win!). Please find below our AAMA January newsletter:

  • The AAMA will be announcing the availability of 2 grants; one for $10,000 and the second for $5,000. These grants will be open to any individual, group, or NGO (Armenian or Odar) who are working on, or are interested in developing, health care projects in Armenia or Artsakh. Collaborations are encouraged. The full announcement and application / forms will be released soon. 
  • We are expecting Anush Sahakian to return back from Armenia and Artsakh for feedback on our proposed collaboration with the Tufenkian foundation to establish the primary health care program in Artsakh, and specifically in Martuni.
  • We are working on reviving the US-based Armenian medical student elective rotations in Armenia. In collaboration with Dick Babayan from the BU, we are identifying medical centers, and academic physicians in Armenia to help organize those rotations. Interested med students are encouraged to reach out to me or the AAMA for more details. 
  • Rosalynn Nazarian, our AAMA vice president, is leading a committee to develop a one-day zoom seminar open to all the public on the topic of Armenian Women and Professional Development. Date, time and details to follow, but likely sometime in May or June.
  • We will have an AAMA Happy Hour on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 6:30pm. Location: Mex Restaurant; 500 Technology Square; Cambridge, MA 02139. The restaurant is accessible by public transit. There is street or garage parking nearby. A flyer will follow. Please make an extra effort to join us and bring your loved ones with you to socialize, network, and learn about mentorship opportunities.
  • The AAMA continues to explore opportunities to collaborate with COAF both in the Armenian Marzes or in Artsakh to improve population health care and education in the region.
  • We have made some progress with organizing the AAMA-sponsored health fair. This will be a collaboration with Mount Auburn Hospital, Lahey, and the town of Watertown and will take place at ACEC. Date and time coming up sometime in May.
  • The AAMA continues to support Dynamed (clinical educational tool for clinicians) at the Armenian National Medical Library. Over the past year, there were a total of 1,504 search clicks with a total of 1,102 full-text requests. This coming year’s renewal of Dynamed is $4,100. All those interested in sponsoring this vital educational tool for our colleagues in Armenia are encouraged to contribute to the AAMA. As usual, your donations will be tax-deductible.
  • Pay your dues through the website electronically ($150 for licensed practitioners, $75 for residents and fellows, free for all students). AAMA is a non-profit organization. All your donations, including payment of your dues, are tax-deductible.
  • If you shop on Amazon, the AAMA is registered with the Amazon Smile program. Choose AAMA as your non-profit organization and a certain percentage of your purchase gets donated to us.

With respect