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IMANA at ISNA 2016

From September 3rd – 4th, 2016, several IMANA members and their families traveled to the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL for the 53rd Annual ISNA Convention. IMANA has long been one of the seven constituents of ISNA. Attendees who interacted with IMANA were offered Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, learned from our educational health sessions that covered taboo and stigmatized topics, and enjoyed our evocative and informational booth in the bazaar.

IMANA health sessions began in the morning with CME being the first. Dr. Ayaz Samadani and Dr. Labib H. Syed pleasantly emceed for the crowd and introduced Dr. Asif Malik, President of IMANA who warmly welcomed the crowd. The CME abstract theme was “Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease.” Presenters included Dr. Samadani, Dr. Wasim Khan, Dr. Marriyam Moten, Dr. Hussain Nagamia, and Dr. Salman Ali. We thank them for their hard work and for actively engaging our faculties of intellect. We pray they are rewarded by the graciousness of Allah (swt).

Later that day, our Women’s Health Rights session with Dr. Anam Tariq and Dr. Marium Husain transformed into a healing circle attended by 29 women and 1 genuinely curious father who explained he wants to be ready now that his daughter is reaching “double digits.” Afterwards, the medical student and physician networking session took place.

The following morning, attendees joined Dr. Malik and IMANA Executive Director, Rasheed Ahmed at the Medical Faculty Breakfast in the Midway Room of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel. Around 20 medical faculty members who were attending ISNA from all over the USA came to the table to discuss the growing attention towards International Medical Graduate (IMG) Externships and how IMANA can alleviate the issues experienced by IMGs when trying to match for residencies.

Afterwards, the Understanding Mental Health Care Session was led by Dr. Fahad Khan who discussed the importance of seeking therapy, especially in the Muslim Community. Dr. Fahad Khan is the Deputy Director at Khalil Center in Glen Ellyn, IL. He focused his clinical training with children and adolescents suffering from serious mental illnesses.

IMANA never hesitates to bring up taboo and stigmatized topics such as organ donation. Members from the Washington Regional Transplant Community, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, and IMANA’s own, Dr. Aasim Padela presented on a panel in order to demystify the fears and stigmas on Islam’s perspective on organ donation. The panel presentations were well received and the audience was vibrant in their questions. Sessions were concluded that night with our Community Health Clinic Roundtable which invited professionals to identify and establish a resource group that works toward various goals which will facilitate charity clinic start-ups all over the nation.

The ISNA weekend was a busy one, but full of blessings and a wealth of educational and informational knowledge. IMANA would like to express gratitude to those who attended, supported, and collaborated to make their health sessions a success. We look forward to the next ISNA convention.