Please see below the latest updates on the AAMA activities for the past 2 weeks:
- The PT/Rehab 2-day symposium in Armenia, partly sponsored by the AAMA, took place this weekend on July 17 and 18.
- No new updates on the two HBO machines that have been delivered to their respective hospitals including one to Mikaelyan Institute (Yerevan) and the other to the Republican Hospital (Artsakh). We are organizing meetings between the engineers / technicians in the US and those in Armenia, and with the help of the expertise of the Physics institute to ensure adequate infrastructure is available / established to connect the machines and put them to work.
- Anush Sahakian is traveling to Armenia on July 21. She will be taking with her 175 large CPAP masks, 120 bronchoscopy sterile collection traps and other oxygen supplies, particularly needed by COVID patients at the Sourp Grigor Loussavoritch Hospital.
- Our Partners for World Health project has moved yet one additional step forward. The doors of the 40Ft container are sealed after being filled with medical supplies and equipment. It will soon be shipped to Armenia, and will deliver the supplies to Sourp Asdvadzamayr Hospital and the Traumatology and Orthopedics Center.
- The 100 oxygen concentrators with their transformers that the AAMA shipped have arrived to Armenia and will be handed off to our partners on the ground, the AHAOP, who will distribute them to elderly patients, nursing homes, and patients with respiratory problems in need. We will also fund the purchase of over 100 pulse oximeters to help with the program.
- The Oxygen Generator machine being built in Russia, and partially funded by the AAMA, has been delayed due to technical issues. The new expected completion and transfer date to Armenia is towards the end of August.
- The medical student consortium team continues its planning meetings as we develop strategies to collaborate with medical student and postgraduate training and education both in Armenia and New England as well as developing a journal club and case presentation zoom webinars for medical students and residents from Armenia to benefit from. To date, we have identified about a dozen medical students (who know what specialty they plan to apply for / train in) and residents of Armenian descent, and we have connected them with same-specialty faculty / physicians from within the AAMA to act as their mentors as they mature into their specialty / subspecialty training (more to come on this).
- Along the same lines, we are planning a social meet and great / happy hour on Friday September 10 (time and location to be determined) for all AAMA members, young and seasoned, to meet each other.
- Please visit our website at www.aamaboston.org and enjoy all the upgrades and new features that we have incorporated. For new or current members, we ask that you pay your dues through the website electronically ($150 for licensed practitioners, $75 for residents and fellows, free for all students). Remember that the AAMA is a non-profit organization. All your donations, including payment of your dues, are tax-deductible. Most of your paid dues go to fund medical student and allied health student scholarships. We are also on FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Another important reminder that we (the AAMA) are registered with the Amazon Smile program. Every time you purchase an item from Amazon, provided you choose AAMA as your non-profit from the Amazon Smile website, a certain percentage of your purchase gets donated to AAMA. We now have over 215 members / friends on this mailing list. The dollars add up. Please consider making use of this program while shopping on Amazon.
- The AAMA, through the help of our Wisconsin friends has purchased an institutional one-year subscription to DynaMed for the Republican Scientific and Medical Library (RSML) in Armenia. They’ve been sending out FB posts letting people know about its availability and we believe they’re off to a good start. We have also funded four subscriptions for UpToDate purchased at Kanaker-Zeytun Hospital, and Mikaelyan Surgical Institute, and the National Institute of Health.
- The AAMA continues to explore the possible funding of a mobile clinic for a few villages in Artsakh in collaboration with the Tufenkian foundation.
- If any of you are interested in being more actively involved with any of the AAMA activities above, or should you have an idea / project you would like to undertake, please reach out to me and we will get you more involved and support you as best we can.
My best to you all
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