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!

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SUNY Upstate Medical University APAMSA Update – Lunar New Year Gala

On January 27, 2017 the APAMSA chapter of State University of New York Upstate Medical University hosted the New Year Gala. 

In collaboration with the Upstate chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, we hosted the Lunar New Year Gala at Upstate Medical University during the eve of Lunar New Year. Taking place at a time traditionally spent with close family, we shared this time with the Upstate community, friends, and family to foster cultural understanding. The event included dinner, cultural performances, and a video from Upstate Administration speaking about their experiences and understanding of the holiday. The gala exhibited traditional performances including a lion dance and a handkerchief dance, with guest performers from Syracuse University demonstrating Korean drumming. Over 100 students, faculty, and administrators from all the colleges at Upstate came together this night to celebrate the importance of family, tradition and culture of the APAI community and people of Asian heritage.

Region VIII Conference – Registration Open!

The Asian Pacific Islander Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Region VIII and OHSU APAMSA Chapter would like to invite you to the second annual regional conference held this year at Oregon Health and Science University on February 25th!

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome!

SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION HERE!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-apamsa-region-viii-conference-tickets-30913021680

Learn more about APAMSA at www.apamsa.org/

About the Conference:

This year's theme for the conference is Intertwined: Connecting Communities and Experiences. We hold this conference with hopes of bringing together the API community and educating our members about the medical and cultural diversity within the API community.

We have planned an exciting day full of discussions, workshops, and networking. The conference will begin at 10 am, with check-in and breakfast starting at 9am. Your registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a dinner social held later on that night. There will also be a poster exhibit for interested students, along with tabling opportunities for interested community organizations, departments, and companies. When you register please make sure to select the appropriate registration type.

If the conference registration fee is a financial burden to you in anyway, please reach out to us at apamsaregion8@gmail.com in lieu of purchasing a ticket on here. We want everyone interested there!

David Geffen SoM at UCLA APAMSA Update – 7th Annual San Gabriel Valley Fitness Day and Health Fair

On November 13, 2016 the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles APAMSA held a health fair along with undergrad volunteers, nursing students, and nurse practitioners.

The health fair was held at the 7th Annual San Gabriel Valley Fitness Day and Health Fair in Rosemead, California. The undergrad volunteers calculated BMI, percent body fat, as well as screening questions on insurance, etc. The medical and nursing students took blood pressure and provided patient education based on the blood pressure and relevant medical history provided.

The fair was held in conjunction with UCLA APA Health CARE.

More information available at http://www.apahealthcare.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/APAHealthCARE/ 

WUSM APAMSA Update – Diwali: A South Asian Cultural Night

On November 18, 2016 Washington University School of Medicine APAMSA celebrated Diwali: A South Asian Cultural Night

WUSM Diwali is primarily a celebration of South Asian culture, during which medical students choreograph and perform a series of artistic performances, with culinary dishes catered from a local South Asian restaurant. This year, we organized a cultural show that included 3 South Asian dance performances from the M1,M2, and M4 classes, a cultural fashion show, and an Indian pop music performance by a medical student band. In addition to an introductory educational component describing the religious and cultural origin and significance of Diwali, the event was an opportunity for medical students to come together to enjoy each other's company and celebrate the good in our lives and in the year to come.

APAMSA Hepatitis Grant Update: Team HBV at Harvard College Hosts Free Screening Events

One of our biggest initiatives at APAMSA is our hepatitis effort. APAMSA is the only nationwide organization of its kind that represents Asians and Pacific Islander medical students. One of the main health disparities in the API community is hepatitis, infecting 1 in 10 of the API community worldwide and in the United States.

Every year, we offer scholarships and resources for those in the community to increase the awareness to combat this disease. We are proud to have supported the efforts of Harvard’s Team HBV chapter in their latest hepatitis screening event!

 

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On April 18th and April 25th of 2015, Team HBV at Harvard College hosted two consecutive free screening events for Hepatitis B in Boston Chinatown. They were held at Malden YMCA and Castle Square Tenants Organization with at least 20 attendees each. Partnered with Quest Diagnostics, Team HBV provided professional phlebotomists at each event, who performed blood withdrawals on audience members who wanted to be screened. Every screening event began with an educational presentation on basic information about Hepatitis B, its dangers, and the importance of vaccination. Following the closing of the presentation, representatives of Team HBV began the process of screening. Each attendee was provided with an ID number, which was used to label his or her blood samples, and asked to complete a patient intake form and a consent form. Afterwards, these blood samples were tested for antibodies indicative of Hepatitis B by Quest Diagnostics, and the results were sent to our partnered physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation. The result letters were then sent out to each patient with recommendations on the next step and vaccination options. Team HBV screened a total of twenty people from the events.