This year, FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program celebrates its sixth anniversary. In honor of such a special occasion, FAR decided to do something noteworthy for its annual Christmas reception. To thank them for all their incredible work, FAR brought the trainers to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin where His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, blessed each of them.
FAR also sent a special request to the Catholicos to give his blessings to the FAR Staff, FAR Fellowship Alumni Association board members, in addition to the CME trainers.
In his opening speech, FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan expressed deep gratitude to the Catholicos for the reception and conveyed warm greetings on behalf of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, FAR’s Board of Directors and FAR Vice-Chairman Dr. Edgar Housepian. Bagrat briefly talked about the FAR CME Program, along with the trainers’ achievements.
Ara Babloyan, FAR FAA Board member and National Assembly member, described the philosophy of FAR’s medical programs and their progress over the recent years. “During the 1990s FAR trained 100 physicians in the U.S. Later, those 100 physicians trained and shared their experience with thousands of Armenian doctors through the CME Program. We sincerely hope this program will expand even more in the future and create more opportunities.”
His Holiness Karekin II thanked all trainers for their volunteer work, benevolence and contribution to healthcare in Armenia. “I highly appreciate the great work done by FAR, and the devotion of the volunteer physicians, who willingly help the Armenian community,” he said.
The reception was concluded with a tour of Etchmiadzin, which highlighted Christian heritage and spiritual art works.
CME gives doctors from Armenia’s rural areas the opportunity to enhance their modern medical knowledge and practice. These doctors have the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and methodologies from top healthcare providers in Yerevan free of cost.