Iraqi American University Presidents Conference
TOFIQ meeting honoring the Iraqi academic delegation headed by HE Minister Ali Al Adeeb


TOFIQ meeting honoring the Iraqi academic delegation headed by HE Minister Ali Al Adeeb.

On February 20 2012 HE Minister Ali Al Adeeb with Iraqi Higher Education delegation were invited in Washington to a gathering of representatives of TOFIQ members, Iraqi American Academics and Professionals. There were 40 representatives of the different committees.

The meeting started with a welcoming remarks and presentation by Abdul Hadi Al Khalili. Presentation started with the history and background of TOFIQ with highlights on the major conference hosted by The National Academies in March 2009 and the coordinators conference in October 2009. The talents and leadership of the members and their dedication to help and support Iraqi academia were emphasized. Then each of the 40 representatives had the chance of presenting his/her committees’ activities and proposal to help.

Then the Iraqi delegation of; advisor to the Ministry, Head of Accreditation and Auditing, director general of scholarship and international relations, 10 universities Presidents and deputy President of Iraqi Board of Medical Specialties, had the chance of tell the audience about their organizations, tasks and expectations. After that HE Minster Al Adeeb addressed all and talked about the strategic plans of the Ministry and welcomed the support of TOFIQ members to support the serious strategy of the Ministry. He promised supporting TOFIQ as much as possible.

His speech was very well received with his vision and inspiration. At the end Al Khalili invited the Ambassador of Iraq to the US, Ambassador Jabir Habeb Jabir, to present HE the Minister and every delegate members with a token souvenir of a desk clock with their names engraved with their names engraved on each. Following that all were invited to an Iraqi cuisine prepared specially to this occasion.

An Iraqi cardiologist at University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Dr. Ami Eskandrian
One year after training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 
Dr. Hussein Nafakhi is continuing to share the training and enthusiasm he garnered working with peers in internal medicine.

“These exchange programs can assist in the rehabilitation of the exhausted Iraqi medical system after the sanctions and war, especially if many Iraqi doctors have been involved in different medical fields and specialties (can participate),”

Dr. Nafakhi said is confidence and skills soared in large part by working with “a brilliant and unique mentor” is Dr. A (FIRST NAME) Iskandrian—rated one of the best 100 doctors in USA – and “ in a wonderful place” of UAB, one of the top 50 medical institutes in the U.S. Those superior conditions forced Dr. Nafakhi to challenge his attitude and approaches to medicine, he said. “(The TOFIQ training) enhances the opportunity of interaction and communication at top levels of scientific thinking and approach in the world,”),”

Dr. Hussain Nafakhi
Dr. Nafakhi said. “It broke down barriers and opened the closed doors against Iraqi physicians. It also enhanced the transfer and application of this experience benefits to Iraq.” Since July 2007, Dr. Nafakhi has been a lecturer in the internal medicine department at the University of Kufa. He received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from the University of Kufa in 2000, and then the FICMS (Fellowship of Iraqi Counsel of Medical Specialty) program from 2003 to 2007. As an Iraqi immigrant to the United States, Dr. Iskandrian had an impressive story of success in his field that making him one of the best doctors in the United States and an ideal model of Iraqi creativity, Dr. Nafakhi said – proof of the value of shared education, experiences and concerns. Before my coming to USA for training, I was worked as a physician in internal medicine department of Kufa Medicine College and affiliated to cardiology center in the teaching hospital.

Every day in my clinic, I saw around 50-100 patients presented with cardiac complaint come from different regions of Iraq with limited available resources. By the time he went for the TOFIQ sponsored training, the medical world was asunder. There were there were an obvious defects and gaps started to be established in our medical system (which depend on provision of quantity rather than quality medical services for community) as a sequel of long period of scientific isolation Crucially, the security issue would become the main problem in achieving the advancement and rehabilitation of our medical system and to hold the international medical conferences and training workshop in Iraq. This, the training in Alabama not only brought a new sharpness to mind, it also helped restore some peace of mind and creative sparks flew.

“It was remarkable, the promotion of scientific research and enhanced creativity that facilitated publication of our work,” Dr. Nafakhi said. “For the first time, two media research paper authored by me have been published European journals (which ones), just in a six month period.”

Dr. Nafakhi said as his Iraqi colleagues see his energy and enthusiasm, the main question from them is how can they get a TOFIQ training opportunity training and get in contact with Dr. Iskandrian. He also stressed the crucial support received from Dr. A Hadi al Khalili, who leads TOFIQ, “for his kind cooperation and valuable assistance during my residence in Alabama and his continuous contact with me even after the end of my visit and return to home.” “I think it is the beginning,” 
Dr. Nafakhi said. “So what's next!!?