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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery Center Resident Library

Armenian Association of
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Microsurgery

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Microsurgery Center 
Resident Library


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery Center Resident Library
From: Gevorg Yaghjyan MD 
Date: Tue, 02 May 2006 04:42:00 +0500 (AMST) 

Armenian Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery
58, Abovyan St.
Yerevan, Armenia
Contact: Gevorg Yaghjyan MD, PhD
Secretary General
Tel: (37410) 560636

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery Center Resident Library

The Resident Library of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery University Centre was established in February 2001, by the Republican Scientific Medical Library (RSML), through a grant from the Yerevan office of the Open Society Institute, an affiliation of Soros Foundation.

The library's first steps were amazing. The residents, quite interested in having their own library just a few meters away from their offices, were happy to support this initiative. They helped the RSML staff to bring the books from a warehouse, install in places and set up the computer and Internet connection. Since than the library has been their favorite place at the hospital. If one is unable to find a resident anywhere else, he or she would be there, at the library, doing a search in medical databases or browsing through the pages of thick-volume books. Some of residents are staying up to late at night even on non-call days, to have a chance to use the library resource over and over again.

Our residents now routinely spend time at the library searching medical abstracts, getting news in their field of specialization, preparing papers and presentation for seminars and rounds at our hospital. The recent presentation prepared by one of our rotating graduate students has been presented at Nork Marash Medical Center (also known as the Yerevan Cardiosurgery Center under the leadership of Dr Hrair Hovagimian). Dr Hrair was present at the presentation himself, and showed great interest in the topic. Later, he sent us a thank you letter with a copy addressed to the Rector of the Yerevan State Medical University describing the unique style and western standards of the presentation.

Observing this as the Residency Training Director in Plastic Surgery, I saw that the residents take the library as their own creation. That is why we call it the Residents' Library at University Hospital # 1.

Besides, I can feel how much our residents have "grown" using their library. This good feeling of ownership makes them routinely take care of the library.

Since its establishment, we have put efforts to improve the library.

Those of us, who are traveling abroad, try to bring medical books and journals for the Library. We have applied to several organizations, individuals and libraries asking for donation of books and journals.

To learn about the success of our mission, you are welcome to visit our website's library section at

Several individuals and organizations have helped us to growth the library. Significant help was provided to us after a visit to the USA. We have received donations from several individuals, as well as several dozens of books from the libraries of Cornell University and Yale University (a private donation by Dr. Stephane Arian).

Dr. Artur Gevorgyan, one of our residents, currently in training in Canada, has also succeeded in the same mission. He was able to secure a donation of a 1 year subscription to a hand surgery journal from a private donor. As well, he helped to organize and ship to us a donation of crucial plastic surgery manuals from the Queens University Library and Dr. Wyllie Alfred Kenneth. This donation totaled over $6,000 based on prices. Multiple books, journals, educational CDs and DVDs were also collected and shipped to our library.

A friend and collaborator with our centre, Dr. Aram Gazarian from Lyon Clinique du Parc purchased a subscription for the Journal of Hand Surgery from 2002 to 2005. In 2005-2006, the subscriptions to the Journal of Hand Surgery (British and European Volumes) and International Journal of Surgical Reconstruction was made by Shant Korgirian, an individual donor.

Dr. Edward Athanasian from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York helped as with subscription to the Journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand from 2003 and several books devoted to hand surgery. Dr. Athanasian continues his help in 2006.

Dr. Arthur Grigoryan, a neurosurgeon from Virginia and an alumnus of the Yerevan State Medical University, subscribed our library to the Annals of Plastic Surgety and Microsurgery Journal for 2006.

The Fund for Armenian Relief (via the United Armenia Fund) has provided us with an incredible opportunity to ship the donated items free of charge from New York to Armenia.

Besides the improvement in books and hard copies of journals, we aim at getting subscriptions to the professional journals and online resources, such as free access to MEDLINE and OVID. A significant move in this direction was our subscription to the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) project of the World Health Organization, which provides us with access to over 3,000 biomedical journals online. This subscription was made possible due to research done by our friends at the Armenian Canadian Medical Association of Ontario.

Overall, we are sure that our continuous efforts will make our Residents' Library the best hospital library in Armenia in forthcoming years.

The Armenian Association of Plastic Surgery and Microsurgery is a non-for-profit organization of plastic surgery health care professionals, aimed at improving the specialty care system provided to the community and advancing medical sciences in Armenia.

Dr. Gevorg Yaghjyan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Reconstructive Microsurgery, Heratsi Yerevan State Medical University 
Local Seminars Coordinator, FARFAA-Salzburg 
Chair, Educational Committee, Armenian Medical Association 
58 Abovyan street, 375025 Yerevan, ARMENIA
Phone. (374-10) 56-0636
Fax. (374-10) 54-2898

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