The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) 46th Annual Convention on a Cruise to Alaska was memorable and educational for IMANA members and their families. On June 23rd, 275 IMANA members boarded on the Oosterdam Cruise Ship in Seattle for a one week Alaskan Cruise.
IMANA members and their families enjoyed the scenic route through Tracey Arm, Alaska and they enjoyed the tours on land in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. A few of the excursions our members enjoyed included dog sledding, whale watching, zipline expeditions, glacier trek hiking, salmon bakes, helicopter rides and wild life tours. IMANA members enjoyed Alaskaâ€™s pristine wilderness scenery.
Over 90 IMANA members actively participated in the CME program, â€œClinical Updates 2013.â€ IMANA Ladies enjoyed the game night and IMANA children enjoyed the all fun kids programs. The maÃ®tre dâ€™ served delicious halal meals for the IMANA group to enjoy within an eloquent private dining room.
Ninety percent (90%) of the Holland America Oosterdam ship crew was Indonesian Muslim staffed. IMANA attendees were warmly received and excellently serviced by the crew. The highlight of the cruise was the combined Friday prayer service (Jumah) on board the cruise ship alongside the Indonesian Muslim crew. IMANAâ€™s annual convention banquet took place in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada, where we welcomed our new President Dr. Ismail Mehr along with our new executive committee members.
Dr. Ismail Mehr, incoming President and Chairman IMANA Medical Relief (IMR) in his remarks invited all healthcare professional to join IMANA and its medical relief work. He gave a brief overview of IMR medical missions. He reported that currently IMR has over 25 active projects worldwide, including in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Haiti, Gaza, Syria, and Turkey just to n name a few. These projects involve Schools, Clean water projects, Health Centers, Mobile Health units, Surgical and Medical missions, disaster relief and emergent response to tragedy e.g. Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, Moore Oklahoma tornado damage, transfer of technology projects, and Continuing Medical Education for physicians in third world countries. He congratulated IMANA supporters to help start and sustain 28 Basic Health Units and 6 IMANA Hospitals around the world.
Dr. Mehr shared results from IMRâ€™s annual cleft lip and cleft palate surgical missions to Sudan and its plan to expand these missions to other countries under the banner of SaveSmile. He also encouraged all to support and volunteer in IMRâ€™s SaveHaiti mission that includes a clinic and quarterly missions of IMR medical teams to Haiti to provide primary care and minor procedures. IMR is developing an ophthalmology mission to Haiti for cataract procedures in the last quarter of 2013. Overall, IMANAâ€™s 46th Annual Convention was a success and many new members expressed their appreciation and support to IMANA and IMR alike. Pre-Registration for the 12th International and 47th Annual Convention in East Africa in August 2014 has already had an enthusiastic response. This meeting will be combined with the delegates from the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) representing 33 Muslim countries.
Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) Selects a New Executive Committee at its Annual Meeting :
Ismail Mehr, MD – President, Anesthesiology
Hornell, New York
Asif Malik, MD â€“ President-Elect, Anesthesiology
Imran Qureshi, MD â€“ Vice-President
Kanwal-Shazia Chaudhry, MD â€“ Treasurer, Emergency Medicine
Metuchen, New Jersey
Lubna Zahir, MD â€“ Secretary
Ayaz Samdani, MD – Immediate Past President, Family Practice
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin