All of the Wellness Center’s medical and administrative staff have received specialized training in their respective fields, either in Armenia by specialists from the US or abroad at prestigious American medical institutions.
Since 1997, AACA has organized 12 Medical Missions (a group of American or European medical professionals traveling to Armenia) that have focused on providing training and exchange opportunities for the Wellness Center’s physicians, nurses, lab technicians and administrative staff. It has also organized 64 Medical Exchanges between U.S. and the Wellness Center professionals. These Medical Missions and Exchanges continue to strengthen the ties that have been established with AACA’s collaborating partners, the U.S. Medical Advisory Board members and their affiliated institutions.
Trainings in Armenia, conducted by members of the U.S.-based Medical Advisory Board familiarizes the Armenian physicians with the American model of health care delivery and with specific medical techniques and procedures. The repeat visits and exchanges keep the Armenian physicians updated on new developments and methodologies on a regular basis and foster on-going relationships with their American colleagues and counterparts.
These trainings have included 17 Armenian medical staff members, 2 Armenian biomedical engineers, and 9 clinical administrators. In addition, 23 U.S.medical professionals have traveled to Armenia, some of them 4-11 times, to establish programs and protocols and to train the Center’s medical staff.
The ongoing training activities and Continuing Medical Education program continue to emphasize clinical competency, critical thinking, population-based problem solving, and leadership development.