“Choose what you love, and the rest will follow”, Dr. Sharon Chekijian

Sharon Chekijian sits down with Lara Tcholakian to discuss the role and importance of being authentic, leading a life full of meaning and purpose, and finding a career or profession that speaks to one’s heart. They explore together the role that Sharon’s family stories and historical narratives have had on her and the values that she inherited from her father and her ancestors. She describes her experience during her initial visits to Armenia pre-independence and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and her experiences of having witnessed the first and the second Artsakh Wars. Finally, Sharon shares her experience not just as a doctor or professor, but also as a Fulbright Scholar working and researching emergency care and disaster preparedness in Armenia.

About Sharon Chekijian, MD, MPH

Dr. Sharon Chekijian is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She is an expert in emergency medical systems development and patient experience. She recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to strengthen emergency care in Armenia in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health of Armenia and the Turpanjian School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia. She is the granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivors and, as such, is deeply committed to humanism in medicine. Dr. Chekijian co-produced a film that addresses human rights as it relates to the erasure of Armenian cultural inheritance entitled “The Hidden Map”. Dr. Chekijian is an avid writer and is a fellow of the Oped Project (www.thopedproject.org).

Program overview

In a new open setting, Lara deconstructs inherited cultural and historical narratives, memories, life lessons and experiences from change catalysts. Her guests reflect on the stories, people, events and mindsets that have shaped their professional and personal lives, enabling them to create a more mindful life.



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