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The Importance of Communication

Volunteerism has been a part of Dr. Hommadov’s life since high school, when he was an assistant providing medical care to underserved, rural areas in Turkmenistan. High school was also where he learned English and Turkish, in addition to his native Turkmen.

At 18, he left family and friends to pursue six years of medical school in Turkey before obtaining his MD in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. Dr. Hammadov currently works in research at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and is applying for residency in a local hospital.

 

A BVMI volunteer since July 2014, Dr. Hammadov feels that a doctor should “Listen to the patient. Address their problems. Follow up with their concerns. Communication is so important.”

At BVMI, he assists doctors in charting patient medical records and although he does not see patients independently, he is involved with discussions regarding the complexities of patient care. “It gives me immense satisfaction to work at BVMI,” added Dr. Hammadov. “Everyone here wants to help the patient.”

Currently Dr. Hommadov is writing a paper on sickle cell patients who choose not to accept blood transfusions as part of their treatment. He loves hiking, camping, skiing and soccer. The photo above was taken at Arcadia National Park in Maine.