IMANA Student/Resident Conference 2010
Building Bridges to the Future: Faith, Education and Mentorship in IMANA
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The annual IMANA student/resident conference was recently held in
Lombard, Illinois and was a resounding success. Students and residents
traveled from as far as California but mostly from the Midwest to attend
the conference; 17 medical schools were represented. The unifying theme
across all sessions was IMANA’s goal of providing quality mentorship to
its medical students and residents and to actively engage them in the
organization’s faith based and medical relief
Morning lectures covered inspiring topics across Islamic medical
history: Dr. Husain Nagamia spoke of a rich and enduring tradition of
Islamic medicine while Dr Imran Qureshi captivated the audience with his
accounts of recent medical missions undertaken by IMANA physicians. Dr.
Ramzan Shahid gave an invigorating talk on rising to the challenges of
obtaining the residency of choice.
The afternoon sessions were held in small group format to foster
discussion and active dialogue between older, seasoned physicicans and
IMANA’s more junior members. Workshops were held on practice management
and evaluating contracts - plenty of helpful hints provided by local
legal counsel, Mazen Asbahi. Dr. Asma Syed guided students and residents
on the intracacies of academic and hospital based medicine and the art
of combing research, clinical medicine and education. Dr Mohiuddin Syed
led an informative discussion of applying to residency and fellowship
programs. Ethics in Medicine and the challenges of reconciling one’s
faith and medical practice were explored by a stimulating series of case
discussions by Dr Omar Lateef.
The conference concluded with a meet-and-greet session where students
and residents could freely interact with IMANA physicians from all
medical specialties and discuss their own career interests and
All conference attendees were invited to an evening banquet where the
keynote speaker was Dr. Cyril Hetsko – a member of the Board of
Trustees at the American Medical association. Dr. Hetsko provided an
interesting perspective on the changing face of American medicine.
Feedback was sought from all conference attendees and was uniformly
positive. Future student networking is planned under the enthusiastic
leadership of newly appointed medical student representative, Marium
Husain. IMANA looks forward to serving the educational needs of many
future young physicians.