NextGen Fellow Dr. Narine Makyan Returns to Armenia Following U.S. Fellowship

In September 2023, Dr. Narine Makyan traveled to the U.S. to participate in the AECP’s Next Generation Fellowship Program, a three-month accredited program for ophthalmologists from Armenia to receive advanced medical education and training in their specialty thanks to sponsorships by AECP donors.

Dr. Makyan’s fellowship took place at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she was able to received advanced education and training in her specialty of pediatrics. Dr. Makyan recently completed her fellowship and has since returned to Armenia to put her knowledge and skills to work. We recently had a chance to catch up with her on her fellowship experience. Read our conversation below.

AECP: What was your biggest achievement from the AECP’s Next Generation Fellowship Program?

Makyan: The training program at CHLA provided me an excellent opportunity to learn new techniques and approaches to treating pediatric eye disorders, and to further develop my skills as a physician. I also benefited greatly from my experience with the healthcare system in the United States and the resources available in the country.

AECP: How do you plan to share the knowledge you received with your peers?

Makyan: I am a lecturer at National Institute of Health and there I work with residents, ophthalmologists and experienced doctors. I am happy to be able to share my newly gained knowledge with them.

AECP: What is something you will change in your work?

Makyan: I will adapt my treatment protocols and patient management strategies based on the latest advancements in pediatric eye care that I learned at CHLA. Additionally, I aim to enhance collaboration with my colleagues to ensure that we are collectively leveraging those best practices for the benefit of our patients.

AECP: Is there anything else you’d like to say to AECP or CHLA?

Makyan: I’m incredibly thankful to AECP for all the support and kindness during my stay in the U.S. and at CHLA. I am grateful for the mentorship and knowledge I gained from Dr. Thomas Lee and his professional team at CHLA through this program.

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