LDI 2nd cohort – an Armenian perspective on the course

Narine Movsisyan, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia

I am very excited and proud to be selected to participate in the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI).  I have never had an opportunity to be trained in leadership and consider my participation in the LDI initiative as unique. Participation in this initiative is radically changing my view about leadership. At this session, for the first time I understood the real essence of leadership. A leader is not only the person who leads others, but is also the member of the team, who is not just focused on developing leadership within him/her, but one who has more responsibility, because he/she is the leader. During this week I learned a lot: about different personality types, about types of learning, which, I hope, will facilitate the process of creating a team and perform negotiations. Now I know how I can inspire people, to lead them in one direction. I have got more confidence and ground under my feet to move forward the palliative care in my country. This course has really opened hidden potentials within me.

I want to see the people of my country have access to palliative care: access to cheap and easy controlling opioids. My country is experiencing a lack of awareness about palliative care, lack of education and specialists in palliative care. I am sure that being a better and true leader I can help my people. I am very excited to meet all these lovely people from different countries, all leaders, mentors and coaches, who are tirelessly ready to share their experience and help us at any time.

I am thankful to Frank Ferris and Shannon Moore, the principals responsible for the LDI, the whole team at San Diego Hospice, and the funders: Open Society Foundation, Office of International Affairs of the National Cancer Institute and The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

More information on the EAPC can be found at www.eapcnet.eu


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