The 52nd annual IMANA convention and CME was five days of fellowship, educational enrichment, nature and adventure – all within the framework of a program supporting our members’ Muslim faith.
On day 1 the IMANA team happily greeted guests and assisted them with check-ins and getting situated in the resort. Later that evening, the IMANA family gathered for a welcome reception of delicious food and networking. Our leadership made brief remarks and informed guests on what to expect during this special week. Evening prayers followed dinner.
Day 2 of the convention began with the first session of the annual CME, “Current Affairs in Medicine.” Dynamic and informative knowledge was shared via the following presentations:
- Evolving Medical Education in a Globalized World – Dr. Faroque Khan
- Physician Burnout – Dr. Ayaz Samadani
- Hot Topics in Physician Law – Mazen Asbahi
- Ethical Implications of AI in Health Care – Dr. Nabile Safdar
- Climate Change & Health-Related Impacts – Dr. Brian Moench
Following CME our guests enjoyed lunch, offered prayers and then boarded buses for a tour of Salt Lake City. On the tour, everyone learned about the rich heritage of the area and visited various locations. It began at the This is the Place Monument, which was erected to honor Mormon pioneers as well as the explorers and settlers of the American West. The group then visited the beautiful Utah State Capitol Building followed by the historic Temple Square district, which is the most popular tourist attraction in Utah bringing in more visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park.
Day 3 of the convention started off with the second session of annual CME. Our attendees enjoyed hearing presentations on a variety of topics:
- Nonsurgical Cosmetic Treatment Options – Dr. Khalique Zahir
- Conscious Sedation – Dr. Ismail Mehr
- Current Trends in Burn Care – Dr. Zaheed Hassan
- Measles and the Importance of Vaccination – Dr. Hafiz Ur Rehman
- Importance of Yoga in Health Care – Dr. Robert Schneider
The keynote presentation on yoga stressed the importance of meditation and mindfulness in the midst of everyone’s busy lives.
Guests enjoyed an afternoon of free time, where they were able to enjoy activities such as white water rafting and fly fishing in the Provo River. Some took a trip to the nearby touristy town of Park City which has a number of high-end art stores, photo galleries, jewelry shops and restaurants. One convention guest, Lubna Zahid, painted images of her activities in a vacation journal.
The late evening brought an unforgettable event for the ladies! An annual event during convention, Ladies Night is a night for the women of IMANA to gather, enjoy camaraderie, and discuss issues of importance to them. Islamic Scholar Mufti Hussain Kamani joined the ladies for a Q&A that covered deep and varied topics pertaining to being a Muslim woman today.
IMANA held its General Body Meeting on day 4 of convention. Executive team members provided a recap of 2018 work and initiatives, and provided a high-level overview of what is to come in the future. The date for next year’s Bosnia convention was shared with members.
Guests were free the rest of the day to enjoy some of the best outdoor adventure and nature there is to offer in the west. ATV, horseback riding, visiting the Homestead Crater, and hiking in the nearby Wasatch Mountain State Park were just some of the activities available at the 2019 convention. The fresh mountain air and scenic backdrop made every activity an unforgettable experience! Some chose to go to Park City again this day.
- The morning and afternoon of the last day of convention were also free for the participants to choose from the many available activities to enjoy Utah to the fullest. The convention ended on a high note that evening with the IMANA annual banquet. Guests dressed up to the nines and enjoyed togetherness with new and old friends over a gourmet halal meal. Dr. Nabile Safdar, who was inducted as new IMANA president during the convention, greeted the crowd and led the program. As per tradition, awards were given to IMANA members for exemplary service to the organization’s mission. The following members were recognized for their service at the banquet:
- President’s Award – Dr. Imran Qureshi
- El-Kadi Award – Dr. Khalique Zahir
- IMR Award – Dr. Labib Syed
- IMR Award – Dr. Irfan Galaria
As the convention ended, guests pledged to stay in touch and many already voiced their plans to attend 2020’s convention, which will take place July 17-25 in beautiful Bosnia and Croatia. Overall, it was an uplifting and memorable week for all involved.