Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) held its 50th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting on July 23th – 30th, 2017 on a Mediterranean Cruise. 375 guests joined us for a seven-night round-trip journey to Spain, Italy, and France with family and friends celebrating IMANA’s 50th Anniversary.
From the breathtaking views of the sea while sailing the cruise ship, to the fun filled tours in Spain, Italy & France, and the engaging Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions, our 50th Anniversary was truly a convention to remember for all IMANA guests.
Families enjoyed delicious Halal cuisines and engaged in a plethora of activities on the Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship for the duration of the convention. Among the activities were spiritually engaging lectures and prayers led by Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed and Azhar Azeez. The IMANA Ladies Night allowed women to share inspiring and unforgettable sisterly dialogue. The kids were kept entertained by broadway shows and fun activities like water surfing, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, and more.
The CME committee organized an advanced learning environment for physicians in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment, which was attended by 125 IMANA members. The theme of the scientific meeting was “Medicine in Turbulent Times,” and offered a total of 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. A diverse faculty covered the CME theme with various engaging topics. Opioids, Low Carbohydrate Diets, Robotic Surgery, Fat Reduction Methods, Anxiety Disorder Treatments, Stroke Prevention, and Chiropractic Care were only some of the topics explored.
IMANA held its Annual Banquet on the evening of Saturday, July 29th. Dr. Nabile Safdar was our delighted emcee for the evening. He provided welcoming remarks to our guests and kept the audience lively. Dr. Asif Malik shared his closing remarks as president affirming how IMANA’s 50th anniversary is an important milestone at the gratitude of all the members who have made this turning point possible. He welcomed the new executive committee and expressed that as champions of the American Muslim community they will focus on serving humanity both domestically and abroad.
IMANA is deeply grateful to Dr. Malik for his 2-year long commitment as IMANA President, and we welcome Dr. Imran Qureshi as the incoming President, Dr. Safdar as Vice President, Dr. Marium Husain as Treasurer, and Dr. Saquib Lakhani as Secretary.
IMANA awarded individuals for their tremendous contributions. Dr. Ayaz Samadani, IMANA’s Past President and CME Chairman, was the recipient of IMANA’s Elkadi Award. We recognize his diligent support towards our recent CME Accreditation. The IMANA Medical Relief (IMR) Humanitarian Award honoree was Dr. Khalique Zahir, for his dedicated passion to serve humanity through IMR. Sandra Barnhart, President of University at Sea, was also awarded for going above and beyond to help plan memorable IMANA cruise conventions including the 2013 Alaska cruise.
Our paramount speakers of the night encouraged our guests on the importance of giving to IMANA. Azhar Azeez, ISNA President, spoke of the long lasting relationship between IMANA & ISNA. Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed, IMR Director of Development, shared his experience with IMR in Sudan, Haiti, and Jordan as a testimony of IMANA’s impact.
A special moment occurred when Dr. Imran Qureshi took his position as IMANA 45th president with the organization’s first IMANA President in attendance, Dr. Syed Mubin Akhtar. Dr. Qureshi revealed the new stage of development IMANA was entering and thanked Dr. Akhtar for being a voice for the Muslim community in 1967. He highlighted IMANA’s dedication to serving courageously and introduced IMANA’s new mission statement: “IMANA will strive toward a world in which the wellness and healthcare of all people are served by the North American Muslim community.”
Dr. Qureshi highlighted the importance of IMANA members as the heart of driving, sustaining, and moving IMANA’s mission forward. He welcomes members innovative ideas; all suggestions can be forwarded by email at [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our upcoming Gala on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in Washington, DC to continue the celebration of our 50th-year milestone. We thank all our members for making this year a memorable one for IMANA.