Scholars in the news
- After completing her Bolashak scholarship at VCU in December 2014, Dr. Raushan Karabayeva returned home to Astana, Kazakhstan to serve as Deputy Director of a new facility, the Hospital under the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan. On March 18, 2015, Dr. Karabayeva, participated in the opening ceremonies of the new medical center in Astana attended by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. During the visit, Dr. Karabayeva gave President Nazarbayev a personal tour of the hospital’s operating room. Please find more information in a recent article appearing in Kazakhstan Pravda.
- Dr. Gulmira Aldiyarova attended the conference, “Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” sponsored by the Ware-Dunn Society and the VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond from October 23-24, 2014, the conference program highlighted the progress in the field for obstetrician-gynecologists in clinical practice in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.
- The Bolashak scholars toured the Virginia State Capitol in July 2014, and during their visit, participated in a mock debate with fellow VCU students on the merits of the legalization of medical marijuana in the chambers of the House of Delegates. They later toured Richmond’s Old City Hall.
- Two Bolashak scholars, Dr. Karlygash Absattarova and Dr. Gulmira Yermakhanova, volunteered during the summer of 2014 at a local Richmond organization, Arts in the Alley. The scholars helped revitalize an alley near the Richmond Coliseum with other VCU volunteers. Arts in the Alley is a non-profit organization started by a group of local artists to spruce up city neighborhoods by cleaning up and painting alleys and streets to help make them safer places for residents, schools, and businesses.
- The Bolashak scholars helped showcase Kazakh history, culture and cuisine at the annual Asian American Festival held every May at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Asian American Society of Central Virginia to promote Asian heritage and cultural diversity.
- On April 4, 2014, Dr. Jerome Strauss, Dean of VCU’s School of Medicine, met with the 2014-2015 Bolashak scholars. Dr. Cathy J. Bradley and Dr. Askar Chukmaitov, introduced the scholars to Dean Strauss who formally welcomed them to VCU and offered his office’s full support to make their internship a success. The scholars thanked him for the opportunity and look forward to a rewarding and productive experience over the coming year.
- Representatives from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C. visited Richmond on March 19, 2014, to meet with the recently-arrived Bolashak scholars, Dr. Cathy J. Bradley, Chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and Dr. Chukmaitov. Mr. Anvar Kulmagambetov, director of the Bolashak program in the U.S. and his embassy colleague, Mr. Artur Akhmetov, came to discuss the Government of Kazakhstan’s program requirements and expectations with the scholars, as well as address any of their questions or concerns. Both Kazakh Embassy representatives expressed their satisfaction with and support for the VCU-BISP. In addition, they expressed willingness to promote and assist with future collaboration between VCU and Kazakhstan.