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U.S. Pathways for Afghan Healthcare Professionals

October 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Join us on October 24 at 7pm ET as representatives of the AMWA, Nuruzan, OET, CGFNS, and Upwardly Global come together to provide information on immigration, training, and licensure for Afghan healthcare professionals in the United States. Registrants will receive a link to the recording.

October 24, 7-8:15 pm ET



7:00     Welcome
Douglas Chin, MD – Founder, Nuruzan (Member, Afghan Evac Coalition)
Eliza Chin, MD, MPH – Executive Director, American Medical Women’s Association

7:05     Licensure Requirements for Physicians
Sheila Toro, MD – IMG Chair, American Medical Women’s Association

7:15     Licensure/Certification Requirements for Nurses
Mukul Bakhshi, Esq. – Chief Global Affairs Officer, CGFNS International, Inc

7:25     Licensure/Certification Requirements for Other Health Professionals
Tamar Frolichstein-Appel – Senior Employment Services Advisor and Healthcare Career Community Lead, Upwardly Global

7:35     Health Profession English Language & Proficiency
Jack Waas – U.S. Occupation Specialist, Occupational English Test

7:45     Immigration Pathways for Healthcare Professionals (eg., F1, J1, H1B, EB3, etc.)
Spojmie Nasiri, Esq – Principal Attorney at Law of Spojmie Nasiri, PC

8:00     Q & A


About the Speakers:

Mukul Bakhshi, Esq. is Chief Global Affairs Officer and Director, Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, CGFNS International, Inc. As Chief Global Affairs Officer at CGFNS, Mukul Bakhshi builds relationships with government and other stakeholders to encourage efficient regulation that promotes public safety and enables health workers to leverage their skills. He also leads development and implementation of the enterprise strategy to ensure CGFNS can serve the global community at the intersection of healthcare, migration, and credential evaluation and mobility. Since 2014, Mukul has led the organization’s Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance fair and ethical recruitment practices of foreign-educated nurses. Prior to joining CGFNS, Mukul served as a management strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and Altman Vilandrie & Company. His juris doctor is from Columbia University School of Law and he earned a bachelor’s in history and economics from Yale University.

Douglas Chin, MD, FACS is a member of AMWA and founder of Nuruzan (affiliated with the Afghan Evac Coalition). He is a graduate of Harvard College, MIT, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chin trained in Plastic Surgery at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and in Upper Extremity Surgery at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. Outside of the operating room, Dr. Chin’s passion is human rights, particularly women’s rights, and all-things Afghanistan. He is an advisor to the United Nations and other organizations related to human rights & the displaced/marginalized. A member of Physicians for Human Rights and a founding member of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (an in Dr. Chin examines victims of torture and human trafficking, and has provided testimony to the UN Human Rights Council and International Criminal Court on alleged crimes against humanity. Dr. Chin has assisted in the evacuation and resettlement of 161 Afghan nationals, AmCits, and LPR.

Eliza Chin, MD, MPH, MACP, FAMWA is Executive Director and Past President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). In this role, she leads AMWA’s strategic vision and oversees AMWA’s programs and initiatives. She is the editor of This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine and executive producer of the short film At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in WWI and is featured in the National Library of Medicine Exhibitions, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians and Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians. She is also Assistant Professor (Voluntary) at the University of California, San Francisco and an AMWA Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Dr. Chin received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Tamar Frolichstein-Appel, Senior Employment Services Associate and Healthcare Career Community Lead, has worked at Upwardly Global (UpGlo) for more than 10 years.  Her work involves coaching skilled immigrants and refugees as they launch their professional careers in the US.  She also leads the Healthcare Career Community that is developing relationships and systems to better support internationally trained healthcare professionals across the US. Tamar is a career changer who spent more than 15 years in community development and non-profit consulting before becoming a career counselor in both community and academic settings, and she is excited to bring her extensive knowledge of career development to UpGlo’s job seekers. Tamar has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in Women’s Studies, a MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago and a MEd in Community Counseling from Loyola University-Chicago.  A life-long Chicagoan and a connector at heart, Tamar is thrilled to be helping new immigrants launch their careers in the US.

Spojmie Ahmady Nasiri, Esq is the principal attorney at Law of Spojmie Nasiri, PC, in Pleasanton, CA, specializing in various immigration services, including family-based immigration, U visas, and deportation defense. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Afghan Response Task Force, aiding Afghan evacuees. Mrs. Nasiri has received several awards for her pro bono services, including the AILA President’s Commendations Award in 2001 and 2022, the Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award from the AILA Northern California Chapter in 2022, and co-recipient of the 2022 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award. In 2022, she was also honored with the Northern California AILA Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award, exemplifying her commitment to pro bono work and professional excellence in immigration law. She is a frequent speaker at AILA conferences, providing insights and expertise on immigration law and advocating for immigrants’ rights.

Sheila Toro, MD is the Chair of IMG Initiative within the American Medical Women’s Association. She received her medical degree from Venezuela and is currently a Research Fellow in the Spine Division of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University. Additionally, she is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical research at the same institution. Her future aspirations include advancing her surgical training and providing healthcare services in underserved populations, building upon the work she initiated in her home country. During her leisure time, she dedicates herself to producing and hosting Pluripotenciales, a Spanish-language podcast that offers career development insights and inspires young physicians to pursue their dream job.

Jack Waas, MA is the U.S. Education Specialist at OET USA, LLC. In this capacity, he promotes OET in the Americas region and supports candidates in finding quality test preparation. His background before starting work for OET was in adult education and university admissions and recruitment.

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October 24, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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