On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, Emory University hosted the very first APAMSA Southeast Regional Conference! The conference, titled “Bridging the Gap: Highlighting Asian American Presence in Medicine,” aimed to start dialogue on Asian Americans as patients and as practitioners. We were proud to host students from multiple APAMSA chapters as well as students from other fields of study like public health.

Topics included refugee health (Dr. Emily Herndon, Emory Family Medicine), acupuncture and traditional medicine (Dr. Jiyo Shin, Smyrna Wellstar Primary Care), and minority health and systemic lupus erythematosus (Dr. Sam Lim, Emory Rheumatology). Lt. Anthony Chase from the Atlanta branch of the U.S. Navy also attended and presented career opportunities for medical students in the U.S. Navy. Kevin Riutzel, APAMSA National President, also made an appearance to speak about APAMSA as a national organization and some of its focuses. In particular, he highlighted the serious concerns of mental health, depression and suicide risk in students, addressing in particular the unique stresses of medical school.

Conference topics were well-received and established communication channels across universities and fields. By the end of the conference, public health students and medical students spoke about planning for further collaboration in upcoming years! We were extremely happy with the response and hope for future dialogue to continue.

Organizing Committee:

Jennifer Hong, Emory, Regional Co-Director, Conference Chair
Alexander Pan, Medical College of Georgia, Regional Co-Director
Deandrea Ellis, Emory, Regional Co-Director
Grace Oh, Emory
Robert Fu, Emory

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