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Empowering Armenia’s doctors for a healthier future

Dr. Gagik Mesropyan, 61, is a highly experienced surgeon with over 30 years of practice. He served as a doctor in the military before joining Sisian Medical Center in Armenia's Syunik Province two years ago.

Having grown up in a family of physicians, Gagik always aspired to follow in his parents' footsteps. He was particularly motivated by the scarcity of surgeons in rural areas of Armenia. During the first war in Artsakh in the 1990s, he was deployed to the front line and dedicated the rest of his military service to Artsakh.

"Military life is unique and often confidential, including the trainings and workshops I have been a part of. After leaving the military, I sought to enhance my skills, especially as a civilian doctor. So, I applied for the FAR's Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program and was accepted on my second attempt," said the doctor who participated in the four-week program held at the Surgery Department of the Mikaelyan Institute of Surgery.

"Every profession comes with its own challenges, and medicine is no exception. However, in medicine, it's not just about difficulty; it's about the responsibility of dealing with people's lives. During my time in the CME program, I experienced this sense of responsibility combined with excitement, reminiscent of my early days as a university student. I regret not applying for the CME earlier because, as a doctor, it is crucial for me to stay updated on global developments in my specialty, network with specialists from leading medical centers, and enhance both my theoretical and practical skills. Thanks to this program, I was able to accomplish all of these goals," he emphasized, highlighting the significance of the Continuous Professional Development Credits that participants receive for the CME course

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