Thursday, January 8, 2015

IMAN Commemorates 7th Founding Anniversary with Lecture Series and Medical Student Partnerships

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim

By Ahmad ibn Hajiri

MANILA -As part of its 7th Founding Anniversary, the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines Inc. (IMAN) successfully conducted an event that marked its continuing growth in becoming the leading health organization composed of Muslim Medical Doctors. The founding anniversary and gathering of old and new members was held last November 18, 2014 at Aloha Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila City.

Among those who attended are renowned Muslim Doctors in their fields like Ophthalmologist DOH ARMM Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr who has inspired many members to return and serve Mindanao; IMAN Awardee as Pioneer and Founding President Dr. Abdel Jeffri Abdulla from the UP College of Medicine, Dr. Basil Jajurie of Basilan, Dr. Maaliddin Biruar of National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Colo-rectal Surgeon Dr. Al-Radjid Jamiri from UP-PGH, and other Muslim doctors from around the country. Also present as guests were Congresswoman Bai Sandra Sema, Congresswoman Djalia Hataman, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Commissioner Yasmin Busran-Lao, IMAN’s very own website host and founder Mr. Moslemen “Jun” Macarambon, Jr. Aspiring soon-to-be Doctors (Medical Students) from various Medical schools in the country are also present in the event and DOH Hijabi and Health Advocate Ms Anna Leah Dipatuan. IMAN also awarded Risale-i-Nur's Nur Factory for donating inspirational books dedicated to patients and physicians themselves through Mr. Olgay Serbetcioglu.

To top off the already remarkable gathering of Muslim doctors in one place, a series of Scientific Lectures were also prepared by selected physicians during the meeting. The speakers talked about myriads of new ideas both in the medical field and on Dawah. Indeed the audiences were enthralled to witness the short lectures by fascinating lecturers like Dr. Naheeda D. Mustofa,the first muslim Internist-Clinical Nutrition Specialist Fellow in St. Luke’s Medical Center; Dr. Al-Radjid Jamiri who is an invited Lecturer in Japan after several minimally invasive surgical trainings, Pediatrician Dr. Wendy "Jannah" Valdez who talked about Dawah in Medical Practice; and Dr. Maaliddin Biruar who shared expertise in Chronic Kidney Disease and Philhealth Issues. On the side of Infectious Disease, Dr. Abdul Nasser Maca-alin who is linked with San Lazaro Hospital distributed fliers on the Mers-COV and Ebola virus updates.

Dr. Jannah Valdez, a revert and advocate of New Muslim Care which caters to new reverts in the faith, also supports many sisters through their Hijabi Soul Designs online business
Front row L-R Dr. Al-Jazzer Angas (Surgery Resident, Makati Medical Center- nominee); Dr Basil Jajurie, Dr. Abdel Jeffri Abdulla; (rear) Dr Nelson Laja (Medical Oncology-UP PGH) 
and Dr Muktader Kalbi (Neurologist)

The new 2015 IMAN Officers and BODs elected into office were as follows-

President-Dr. Al-Radjid Jamiri; Vice President-Dr. Naheeda Mustofa; Secretary-Dr Zhamir Umag; Treasurer-Dr. Almira Zoraida Fernandez; Other Board Members-Dr. Khasmin Ismael;Dr. Saud Alfaizal Basman;Dr. Maaliddin Biruar;Dr. Abdul Nasser Maca-alin and Dr. Basil Jajurie.

The IMAN has recently held 2 succeeding BOD meetings and will be forming each Committee to involve each Member including medical students. 

Dr. Khasmin Ismael, who is known for her outreach activities since medical school together with Dr. Guiaria Camarudin, Dr. Nadhira Mangondato and many others all took the effort of flying to and fro Manila and Mindanao just to make sure the event successfully takes place. Both of them have been Incorporators since 2007 together with Dr Zhamir Umag who became a Medical Officer and Doctor to the Barrio physician alongside other NGO activities.

The 8-hour event that lasted until the evening of that day was finally concluded with a grand Interactive Dinner banquet and the election of the new sets of IMAN Officers and Board of Directors. Of course, the mandatory photo-ops came in afterwards with the happy faces of all the Muslim Doctors and soon-to-be doctors snapped in a memorial photograph for a wonderful future that lies ahead, in shaa Allah.

Students from Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU)
Medical students from St. Lukes, Cebu Institute of Medicine, UPCM, De la Salle

IMAN would like to thank all the Organizing Committee Members, Volunteers and Partners in making the 7th IMAN Fouding Anniversary a success! Alhamdulillah! Jazakallahu khairan katheer!

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