The first virtual International Digestive Disease Conference held in September brought together more than 1,000 participants from more than 30 countries around the world—from Armenia to the USA to Venezuela.
FAR was one of the main sponsors of the conference, which was initiated and organized by the International Center for Professional Development(ICPD) in honor of the late Dr. Raffy Hovanessian, a passionate supporter of healthcare initiatives in Armenia who worked closely with our CMEprogram.
The conference offered two full days of lectures on digestive diseases by leading world experts.
“Part of our aim with this conference is to bring exposure to our homeland on an international stage; to bring together the world’s leading physicians—of all national backgrounds—and direct their attention to the need in Armenia and Artsakh, and the opportunity to do good there,” said Dr. Asadur Jorge Tchekmedyian, a gastroenterologist from Montevideo, Uruguay and a conference chairman in a related article published in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator.
Physicians in Armenia are mandated to receive continuous training, much of which is available outside the country, and can be expensive, timeconsuming, and thus prohibitive. But through programs like ICPD's, a physician can learn from top experts and earn credits without leaving their own country.