UW-Madison APAMSA update – bone marrow transplant seminar


With over 60 individuals in attendance, UW-Madison’s APAMSA chapter had the honor of having Dr. B Li come speak at our school about his experiences with bone marrow transplants and the increased need for Asians in the registry as well as a share a personal experience with the field of healthcare from both sides of the aisle. In addition, we had a student share his experiences with a bone marrow transplant several years back. It was an insightful event in which we received accolades and positive feedback as well as some new members who wanted to join our newly formed APAMSA!

Click here for more photos of the event!

April Updates

Bone Marrow partnership, Region VII conference ahead, Colon Cancer Awareness, Global Health Opportunities Directory (APRIL 2015)

Attend the West Coast Regional Conference on Leadership in Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern Californiafrom 9:30 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. (More)






APAMSA is partnering with Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) on their road trip to register 50 thousand donors in 50 states. Are you interested in participating in or organizing a bone marrow drive at your school? SAM can help you. (More)






85 medical students participated in the Region IIIMid-Atlantic APAMSA Conference at Johns Hopkins. (More)






Meet (Some More) of Your Reps!
Ashley Wu
Vanderbilt, M1
Bone Marrow Director
“My goal as the National Bone Marrow Director and as a member of the national board is to expand student and community education, registry membership, and financial support.” (More)
Kevin Riutzel
Touro Nevada, M3
“One of my goals is … to help improve APAMSA’s current infrastructure in order to make everything as efficient for everyone as possible.” (More)




Chapter Updates


Touro Nevada APAMSA volunteered at the Chinese New Years festival held in Chinatown in Las Vegas for a bone marrow drive. Our afternoon crew was able to get 10 people to sign up in the 2 and a half hours we were there! Dr. Park came to support us. Our selfie at the end was our celebration picture. Hooray APAMSA!

Sarah Chamanara

TUN APAMSA Historian 2014-2015

Save Nina, Register as a Bone Marrow Donor


Our dear friend Nina Louie has lymphoma and has only 2 months to find a bone marrow donor. You have the potential to save her life and that of others. All it takes is a simple swab of your cheek, and you can order a free home kit right now: http://www.asianmarrow.org/index.php/order-an-individual-kit
You can also find a list of local drives on our website.

Please help spread the word about Save Nina!
– Visit our website www.savenina.com
– Like and share our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ninaneedsyou
– Tweet with the #savenina hashtag

Thank you so much for your support! Please contact marrow@apamsa.org for any questions.

Bone Marrow Registry Drives: A Guide

Over the last couple of weeks, several APAMSA chapters have held bone marrow registration drives!

  • March 2 – 4: Touro University Nevada
  • March 8: Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • March 8-12: Mt Siani Medical School
  • March 6: VCU/MCV Community Health Fair
  • May 29: NYMC at Asian Heritage Festival

As part of our spring 2010 campaign, we are encouraging chapters to hold bone marrow registration drives and register their drives with the national Bone Marrow Coordinator (marrow@apamsa.org). To guide chapters started, we’ve also posted some helpful how-to guides.

Check out the narrated potential bone marrow donor registration.

Facts and Myths about Bone Marrow Donation

MYTH: The bone marrow donation procedure is painful.
FACT: General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure. Donors feel no needle injections and no pain during marrow donation.
MYTH: All bone marrow donations involve surgery.
FACT: The majority of donations do not involve surgery. The patient’s doctor most commonly requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical and does not require a stay in the hospital. If marrow is requested, it is a surgical procedure, but there is still usually no stay in the hospital.
MYTH: Pieces of bone are removed from the donor.
FACT: Pieces of bone are not removed from the donor in either type of donation. A PBSC donation involves taking the drug filgrastim for five days leading up to donation in order to increase the donor’s needed blood-forming cells. On the fifth day, blood is taken from the donor through one arm, passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells, and returned through the donor’s other arm. In marrow donation, no pieces of bone are taken; only the liquid marrow found inside the bones is needed to save the patient’s life.
MYTH: Donating bone marrow is dangerous and weakens the donor.
FACT: Though no medical procedure is without risk, there are rarely any long-term effects from donating. Only five percent or less of a donor’s marrow is needed to save a life. After donation, the body replaces the donated marrow within four to six weeks. The NMDP screens all donors carefully to ensure they are healthy and that the procedure is safe. The NMDP also educates donors, answers questions at every step, and follows up after donation.
MYTH: Donors have to pay for the donation procedure.
FACT: Donors never pay for donating. All medical costs are paid by the patient’s medical insurance or by the patient, sometimes with NMDP assistance. The NMDP reimburses donors for travel costs, and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis.
(learn more from www.marrow.org)