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Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Vickes Sepilian, the untiring and innovative Chairman of the 11th World Congress, and President of the Armenian American Medical Society, Dr. Jerry Manoukian, President of AMIC (Armenian Medical International Committee), Dr. Derenik Dumanyan, Minister of Health of Armenia, and Dr. Zoya Lazaryan, Minister of Health of Nagorno Karabakh.
The changes started at the top, with a new president, Jerry Manoukian, MD, of San Francisco, Calif., who brings a fresh perspective to AMIC's mission.
"One of AMIC's priorities will be to improve the Diasporan experience of Armenian healthcare collaboration.
It must be welcoming, comfortable and fun," Dr. Manoukian noted shortly after he was elected president in April.
Representatives of AMIC's member organizations convened in New York to discuss AMIC's future direction, and those in attendance said they support Dr. Manoukian and the revitalized organization.
Now, however, it's time for AMIC to extend its reach even further, Dr. Manoukian said.
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"The first task is to explore social media and dream about how we can keep in better touch with each other.
Wouldn't it be amazing to recall the names and faces of Congress attendees we've already 'met' on Facebook?
This could be done in anticipation of upcoming Congress, perhaps as part of the registration process," Dr. Manoukian explained.
He's referring to another high priority for AMIC, which is the Armenian Medical World Congress (AMWC2013) to be held next July in Los Angeles, Calif. AAMS is hosting the event, and has many exciting plans for the scientific meeting at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa.
Dr. Manoukian said he is determined to develop a strong emotional connection among all those who travel to the 2013 Congress.
"After the 2013 Congress, we might remember some of the scientific material we learned.
But we will all remember how we felt, whether the experience was magic and spectacular.
AMIC must reach individuals, groups, cities and countries in a personal way.
We must generate a sense of community and collaboration that gives our members a 'can't wait' feeling as the Congress approaches," Dr. Manoukian said.
AMIC member organizations in California share his enthusiasm for social media and new technology to create a "buzz" about the event.
Along with social media outreach, Dr. Manoukian pointed out other priorities: "AMIC has been an organization of organizations, and has not included individuals as dues-paying members.
Dr. Manoukian promised to reach out globally to bring more organizations in, particularly from South America.
"Shall we make some attempt to incorporate Spanish or Portuguese into our communications leading up to and during the 2013 Congress?
We need to make the Congress multi-lingual from the get-go," he asserted.
Dr. Manoukian's thoughts circled back to the need for AMIC to connect with the new generation of health care providers: "Let's cultivate and groom our medical and premedical students.
They will use, benefit from and expand our use of social media.
How do we sustain the interest of an Armenian student from Colorado attending medical school in Washington State?
This is the future of AMIC and the Armenian community."
[AMIC leaders] These Armenian health care leaders came from around the world to fine-tune the future of Armenian Medical International Committee (AMIC).
From left: Jerry Manoukian, MD, Vicken Sepilian, MD, Lawrence Najarian, MD, Jean-Pierre Basmadjian, MD, Avedis Bogosyan, MD, Serge Simonian, MD.
[AMIC leaders2] The new president of Armenian Medical International Committee (AMIC), Jerry Manoukian, MD, (far left) is congratulated by outgoing president Avedis Bogosyan, MD (far right).
ABOUT - DR. JERRY MANOUKIAN, MDDr. Jerry Manoukian is an American Board Certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine.Serving the Silicon Valley community for over 20 years, Dr. Manoukian earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now Drexel University).Over the course of his career Dr. Manoukian has held several prominent leadership roles including Chief of the Department of Medicine for El Camino Hospital and Medical Director for Mountain View Healthcare Center.He is currently serving as Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Department for El Camino Hospital and is also a Member and past Chair of the Ethics Committee.
Compassion, integrity, and excellence are some of the qualities Dr. Jerry Manoukian embraces to create a professional welcoming practice.
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