Overview and Responsibilities
The APAMSA Recent Alumni Advisory Board’s purpose is to give alumni who have served on the APAMSA National Board in the last decade an opportunity to stay closely connected to and offer guidance to the current National Board. Official liaisons to the RAAB will be the National Alumni Director and the National President. However, communication between the RAAB and any member of APAMSA is open and encouraged.
Meet your RAAB!
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
I was born and raised in New York City, spent four years in Ann Arbor, Michigan for college, and came right back to the best city in the world for medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine! I love to travel and eat new foods. My ideal day in the city includes cafe hopping, browsing bookstores, and people watching at all the public parks.
To me, APAMSA means student leadership, dedication to passion, and generosity. I have learned so much during my time with APAMSA and was given amazing leadership opportunities. It allowed me to dedicate my time and effort effectively toward the Asian communities and mentorship. And, I will never meet other students such those in APAMSA who are so generous and wonderfully passionate about their roles in society. I hope to support and spread the ideas and mission of APAMSA to other students and spread awareness about APIA health issues. And, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
Internal Medicine Resident PGY3
Hello! My name is Michael Chen. I am from Los Angeles, attended Pomona College, studied at Peking University, worked at the University of Pennsylvania, did medical school at Columbia University, explored with a preliminary medicine year at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and am now a third-year internal medicine resident at Harbor UCLA. In my free time, I enjoy reading everything (especially the NYTimes), riding my fixie all over downtown LA and climbing/bouldering.
I’m excited to be part of the inaugural class of the APAMSA Recent Alumni Advisory Board. I have been deeply involved with APAMSA for years now. I was the Columbia University APAMSA President and served two years as the National APAMSA Membership Vice President. Looking forward to adding my experience to National APAMSA in advising our continued and future successes!
MD/PhD Year 5
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Pratik served as the South Asian Liaison (2010-11) and CFO (2011-2014) for National APAMSA. He is currently an MD/PhD student at Vanderbilt University. His research uses imaging techniques to identify biomarkers for psychotic disorders.
Plastic Surgery Resident PGY-2
UCLA Medical Center
Born to a mother from Hong Kong and a father from Taiwan, I grew up in San Francisco where I had many opportunities to stay in touch with the Chinese community. In addition to speaking Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, I also started learning Japanese in high school. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology and then worked in Japan for one year as a Coordinator of International Relations for the rural city of Oyabe in Toyama, Japan. During my time as a medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, I worked as a medical interpreter in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese which allowed me to join my interests in medicine with my passion for helping to bridge language and cultural gaps.
APAMSA was an especially meaningful activity for me in med school. I was fortunate to see the organization evolve and witnessed its workings through many levels: as a chapter president for my school, as a national conference organizer, and as a National Board member (director of the then-new Community Outreach Initiative) for three years. The reason I stayed all those years in med school and the reason I still gravitate towards APAMSA as an alumnus is that I am always inspired by what motivated, passionate students are able to accomplish. Educational Hep B conferences? Large-scale health screenings for immigrants? Recruitment of minority bone marrow donors? There is much we can offer ourselves and our communities. I have also made lifelong friendships through APAMSA. I hope to offer some helpful advice along the way as APAMSA continues to grow.
Resident at Kaiser/UCSF Combined Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine
Masters Student in Public Health at UC Berkeley
I was born and grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri before attending Pomona College where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. I attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. During medical school, I spent almost two years in Peru conducting clinical research in HIV through the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship and South American Program in HIV Research (SAPHIR) Fellowship. I am currently a resident in the Kaiser/UCSF Combined Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and will be obtaining a masters in public health from UC Berkeley. During medical school, I served on the National APAMSA Board as the Junior and Senior Membership Vice President and am excited to be an advisor for the current national APAMSA leadership.
MD/MBA Year 5
University of Pennsylvania
My name is Jin and I’m a fifth year student in the MD/MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania. I am originally from New Jersey and am a creature of northeast corridor. My clinical interests are in cardiology and gastroenterology, and my non-clinical interest include care delivery systems, digital technologies in healthcare, and pharmacoeconomics. I previously served as the APAMSA Global Health Co-Director from 2011-2013 where I helped establish a global health fellowship program for APAMSA members. APAMSA serves an effective vehicle to highlight difficulties and disparities that Asian-Americans face today. As a member of the Recent Alumni Advisory Board, I hope to bring my experiences and expertise to current and future APAMSA executive boards and chapters to help them better fulfill APAMSA’s missions.
The APAMSA RAAB’s primary responsibilities are outlined below:
- Advising the current National Board
- Planning of events and conferences
- Developing goals and objectives
- Attending conferences and retreats
- Development of networks
- With other APAMSA-associated members and organizations
- With external organizations
- Networking opportunities for alumni and current members
- Preparation of members for their role as alumni
- Promoting APAMSA’s mission
- Continuing support of the organization
- Strengthening alumni networks
- Advancing APAMSA as an organization
- Developing future vision
- Creating sustainable practices
- Gaining financial support
The APAMSA RAAB’s minimum standard of contribution to the National Board are below:
- Contact with one or more members of the National Board each quarter (every 3 months beginning in October, the start of each term) via any method, including but not exclusive to the following:
- In person
- Responding to requests for help or guidance from the National Board
- Staying up to date on the National Board’s activities via any of the below channels or otherwise
- Email listserv
- Personal contact with the Alumni Director, President, or other members
- Facebook Group
Any RAAB member found not to meet the minimum standard of contribution will be reviewed via discussion and democratic vote by the National Board and other RAAB members for removal.
Candidacy for the RAAB will be determined by nomination from current National Board members, including self-nomination. Nominated candidates will then be elected by democratic vote by the current National Board members. A minimum of 50% of the National Board must participate in this vote, and a candidate must achieve the majority’s support to become a member of the RAAB. Membership in the RAAB will be redetermined at the transition of each National Board, in order to maintain active advisors only.