IMI New Zealand’s first gathering in Auckland was arranged on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Foundation of New Zealand. Dr. Adnan Ali, IMI’s New Zealand Coordinator hosted the session and presented a power point on IM’s global activities to introduce IMI to the community. Moulana Sayed Jan Ali Kazmi, who has been involved in medical research independently and in contribution to IMI’s programs also spoke at the event. Dr. Adnan Ali also presented at IMI's second gathering in Auckland at the North Shore Ahlul Bayte Center less than a week later, on January 11, 2013 as well as at al-Murtaza Center. Each of the events was geared to provide more information about IMI's ongoing programming as well as history of service to the community and all underserved especially in times of crisis.
IMI HQ would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the initiative and efforts of Dr. Adnan Ali. Dr. Ali has been instrumental in establishing IMI’s global membership (with many new individual members having joined now from New Zealand) and has been actively networking and connecting Shia medical professionals at every level. Dr. Ali participated in the fifth international conference in Najaf last April, where he vowed to increase IMI’s global membership and, within a year, has managed to expand IMI’s network within New Zealand. In addition, Dr. Ali presented a lecture on ‘First & Second Branchial Arch Syndrome and Distraction Osteogenesis’ as well as a poster on Emergency Center Local Anesthesia Out Patient Procedures (ECLAO) at the conference. His involvement with IMI in medical missions has also been of considerable value with his services during Arbaeen Medical Missions, the IMI Hajj Medical Mission as well as through IMI’s delegations overseas such as his lectures on plastic surgery for the Iraqi Board of Plastics Surgery and Iraqi Board of Maxillofacial Surgery presented at the Medical City and Al Wasity Hospitals, and as well as other lectures delivered at the College of Medicine, University of Kufa. Dr. Adnan Ali is also an active member of the New Zealand community and routinely engages in collaborative efforts across communities of different backgrounds such as the September 2012 Workshop of Middle East Culture and Family Violence in Immigrant Community.
IMI 9th international conference held in Orlando from July 22-24 was a truly memorable event for us. This conference was unique as it encompassed topics that were interesting to medical as well as non-medical groups.
Topics such as Fetal origins of adult cardiovascular disease, depressive disorders, diabetes, back pain, knee crisis, vascular interventions, urinary incontinence, radiology, Quality improvement in health care, medical ethics, kidney disease, biopsychosocial health models were presented by experts in the field and they presented case studies that were relevant to current medical practices.
Conference also addressed the young upcoming youth leaders with an entire track of event dedicated to them. Mentoring was provided by each professional and students got a chance to develop one to one relationship with their mentors. In summary, IMI's yearly conference is not to be missed!
Firstly, thank you all for a wonderful conference in Barbados. The educational content and speakers were excellent and in addition the opportunity for networking was a great bonus. Your hard work and its success was very evident.
I want to thank you all for giving me such a great opportunity to be a part of your team (in Haiti). It was a unique experience and I really enjoyed working with you all.
I cannot express the profound impact IMI has had on my life: from the incredible opportunity to serve on the Arbaeen Medical Mission to the insightful career guidance and special programs for Young Leaders that I’ve benefitted from!
I graduated from medical college in Pakistan. Knowing I wanted to pursue a specialty in the US, I went through the routine process of studying for and clearing the USMLE's and becoming ECFMG certified. There are plenty of online forums that help you up to that stage. What happens after that and before you land a residency is something no one prepares you for. Even knowing a person who went through the process is not enough. I found the answers to all my questions about the process, its workings and methods at the IMI Career Guidance Seminar. I learnt more in the few hours I spent there than I did in months, yes months, of thorough research online and through the measly networking I was capable of as a foreign graduate. It is literally a live 'Medical Residency for Dummies', and you get great coffee and dinner to boot. I interacted with candidates like myself along with current residents, and doctors who are involved in hiring committees at hospitals. I learnt how to choose programs, how to strengthen my resume, what to seek and where, and even what to wear. I have a month before I apply, but after the seminar - I have more confidence in the 'how' of the process. I walked in to the seminar hall a nervous wreck - armed with vague internet advice and the intimidation of an overwhelming process. I thought my average scores would filter me out of every hospital program - I left knowing I need to apply 'wisely', not 'widely'. I learnt how to identify and enhance my positives, and overcome my shortcomings. I understood how to streamline programs to apply to, how to contact them and the level of persistence to employ. I was made aware of the importance of and difference between clinical experience in the US and research experience, and how to add both to my resume. All this, and more, in just a few hours. I cannot stress enough the effects this seminar had on me. I am now realistic in my approach - versus the optimism fresh graduates tend to bring with them. You may choose not to believe me, but after the seminar I didn't just breathe a sigh of relief - I let slip a few tears as well. I knew what to do, how to do it and where to ask for assistance.
If InshAllah, I secure a residency in the upcoming match, I will owe the organizers and the speakers at the seminar more than they will take credit for.
“Seriously- great job. Chock full of actionable content…God bless IMI and their team.”
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this list for what proved to be a truly life-altering experience. It was terrific working with all of you, except Farhaj...But seriously, Naeema and some of my other classmates know rather well that I had allowed medical school and the residency process to make me cynical and tired. I'm happy to say though, that after a week of truly hard work, emotional challenge, and actually helping some people, I have returned home feeling refreshed and renewed. As corny as this all sounds, I'm actually excited to be a doctor again. I can't thank you all enough for that. So I'm hooked on relief work. I hope that I have more opportunities to help in situations like this, and if possible, to work with you all again.