APAMSA Partnership: Apply For 2017 CAMS Scholarship and Fellowship

On behalf of the Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) we would like to invite APAMSA members to apply for this year’s CAMS Scholarship Program and Summer Research Fellowship Program. The applications are now available on our website, www.camsociety.org.

Deadline to submit the applications in full is April 30, 2017, 11:59PM EST.


2017 CAMS Scholarship

Eligibility: To be eligible, the applicant must be in his/her first, second or third year of medical or dental school in the USA. Students just accepted into medical or dental school at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Required Documents: 

To complete the application, the following supporting documents are required:

1. Completed and Signed Application Form

2. Applicant’s Current Curriculum Vitae

3. A letter from the Dean of Student verifying that the applicant is in good standing

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

To download application or get more info, please visit www.camsociety.org/scholarship.


2017 CAMS Summer Research Fellowship

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote and support clinical and basic science research among Chinese American medical and dental students.

Project Criteria: Projects must be a completed in a minimum of 8 weeks and up to 10 weeks. They can either be in the basic sciences or clinical research. A physician or a dentist must sponsor and supervise the project. Special consideration will be given to projects involving Chinese American health issues. At the completion of the project, a written report should be submitted. Applicants must be a current student in an U.S. accredited medical or dental school.

Stipend: Students will be paid a stipend of $400 per week for up to 10 weeks. Research support and expenses are the responsibility of the sponsor.

Required Documents:

1. CAMS Summer Research Fellowship Application

2. Project Description Please include summary/background/hypothesis/specific aims/ methods/Analysis Plan. Maximum 5 pages.

3. Applicant’s current Curriculum Vitae. Please include education & employment

4. A Letter from the Applicant’s Supervising Investigator supporting the research project

5. A Letter from the Dean of Students verifying that the applicant is in good standing.

To download the application or get more information, please visit www.camsociety.org/fellowship.

APAMSA Hepatitis Community Screening Grant

Hello APAMSA members!

The APAMSA Hepatitis Project offers grants of up to $2000 to conduct Hepatitis screenings and/or education events. The APAMSA Hepatitis Community Grant Application deadline is Feb 15, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

All APAMSA Chapters are eligible to apply for the grant to fund Hepatitis screening and education activities! Screening and education activities must occur between February 2017 and June 2017.

You can access the APAMSA Hepatitis grant applications at the following website, where you can find out more details about the grant applications and what the grant funding can be used for: http://www.hepatitis.apamsa.org/grants

Have a question about the grant? Reach out to the APAMSA Hepatitis Director, Anderson Nguyen, at hepatitis@apamsa.org!

Also, we are happy to announce that the 2017 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference will be October 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.! Travel grant applications open on August 1st, 2017. If you are interested in joining the conference committee, please email APAMSA Hepatitis Conference Director, Diana Cheung, at hepconference@apamsa.org for the application.

Thank you!

APAMSA National Hepatitis Project
Email: Hepatitis@APAMSA.org
Website: http://www.hepatitis.apamsa.org/grants

2017 APAMSA Global Health Fellowship

Interested in Community, Public and Global Health? Want to understand different approaches to international development? APAMSA has partnered with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, India to make available a three week course studying community health and development.

Learn about:

• Village Health Worker Training
• Delivery of Pre/Post Natal Care
• Adolescent Girls Program and Pre-School Programs • Women’s Health
• Agriculture and Watershed Development
• Working with and Empowering Communities


Application deadline March 1st, 2017

Check out the 2017 Global Health Fellowship flyer

Contact globalhealth@apamsa.org for questions!


APAMSA Feature: “What is APAMSA?” Video

Thank you to our Social Media Director, Linh Vu, for recording and putting together this video!

The aim for this video was to answer the question "What is APAMSA and what does it do?" It goes into the history and establishment of APAMSA and continues to the current day to touch on the wide reach of the organization. 

Interviews were captured at the 2016 National Conference in Chicago, Il. Images were taken from APAMSA events across the country from the past few years. 

This video may be shared and screened at APAMSA affiliated events. 

This media, in its entirety or partiality, may not be used for profit. 

APAMSA and NCAPIP Highlight National Diabetes Month

To commemorate National Diabetes Month, APAMSA would like to highlight the Screen at 23 campaign from our partners at NCAPIP

Dear Colleagues:

According to the World Health Organization, American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Asian Americans are at risk of developing diabetes at a lower body mass index (BMI) than Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The community based participatory research and academic studies done on this small but rapidly growing population have provided the literature that has caused these large institutions to change their recommends for screening diabetes in Asian Americans. The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) latest 2015 Standards of Care in Diabetes included a body mass index of 23 kg/m2 as a risk factor to consider for testing diabetes in Asian Americans. The former cutpoint for risk being a BMI of 25, one that the researchers have been saying will leave approximately a third of a million Asian American diabetics (and even more prediabetics) undiagnosed.

A small pocket of knowledge has reached a larger stage, but there remains a gap in awareness that, unless filled, will equate to a very slow implementation of these guidelines. among providers. The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Diabetes Coalition was formed in 2011 by a combination of these same researchers along with community and public health leaders, endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dieticians, and providers. Its objective has been to move the scientific knowledge of diabetes among Asian Americans, moving the science into guidelines for diagnosis. Now, the goal is to take this guideline and make sure it is implemented.

Screen at 23 goal:

Get every Asian American patient with a body mass index of 23 or higher screened for diabetes. This requires educating providers who previously might rule out diabetes as a risk factor for an Asian who is “skinny” or “average” in build. It requires educating the public that having a BMI of 23 is not a new definition of “overweight” or “obesity” for Asian Americans, but rather a number to look out for, one that should have individuals thinking about making healthy changes to their diet and incorporating healthy changes to their lifestyle, such as exercising. Above all, the campaign seeks to unmask diabetes and prediabetes in Asian Americans, , according to the National Institutes of Health. Go to www.Screenat23.org

Sincerely, APAMSA

For More Information, email David Hawks at dhawks@ncapip.org or call 202-441-1192. Thank you!

Click http://bit.ly/2ghh9ml to download flyer for Screen at 23 campaign.


APAMSA Feature: Live In the Moment: A Mindful Countering of Burnout

By Kathleen Tzan

The topic of burnout is huge in today’s medical community. Multiple articles and studies have been published demonstrating that burnout is prevalent in all levels of medical training from the day-one medical student to the most senior practicing attending.

For the student, the reasons for burnout are numerous. From a testing standpoint, exams seem endless. Step 1, Step 2, and beyond tower as immense hurdles one after another. Countless hours, days, and months are spent studying such a wide array of topics that “drinking from the fire hydrant” feels like drowning.

Later in the medical curriculum, the stresses of being constantly watched and evaluated, of being ‘pimped’ on obscure factoids and trivialities (made even worse when the attending does not follow-up with teaching), and of being pressured to show up to unpaid work day every day feigning cool confidence whilst internally panicking about poorly formed assessments and plans only add to the overwhelming feeling of losing oneself to a system that demands every ounce of one’s being. The pressure to perform perfectly indoctrinates students to minimize one’s own needs and even evokes guilt for taking time for oneself—because anything less than cutthroat dedication might be construed by evaluators as ‘not enough.’ Out of this toxic brew of insecurity, remorse and resent, burnout is born.

In these low moments, misery loves company. Discontented conversations on the topic of burnout with fellow students often end with the pacifying mantra of Hang in there. These frustrations are just temporary. When we’re attendings, life will be better. Nights out with sympathetic friends, fatigued and occasional intoxicated, are just enough to ease the depression of burnout with the thought that tomorrow will be a better day. Implicit in these statements is the spark of hope in a better future, a light at the end of the tunnel.

But while nights like these serve their quick purpose as a cooling balm to the ‘burn’, and hope remains a powerful weapon against negativity, recall—attending physicians also suffer from burnout. The struggles of insurance and reimbursement, of patient quotas to meet and patient dissatisfaction to address continue. As significant relationships and perhaps the thoughts of starting a family enter the scene, work-life balance only becomes harder to achieve. Looping back to the idea of ‘not enough,’ even in the attending world, there will always be another achievement to chase, another rung to climb on the way up the academic ladder. Even life as an attending has its struggles, and it would be naïve and ultimately self-destructive to believe that the future will be easy and that in the glorious light of attendinghood, we will suddenly be fulfilled.

This reality check is not meant to discourage one from hoping for better tomorrows; rather, it should serve as a gentle reminder to not place empty hope in a false endpoint. In striving to prevent a mental bubble of unrealistic expectations from bursting down the line, recognize early that in this highly revered and highly regulated field of medicine, expectations of perfection will continue to prevail; stress in some form or another will always be present.

So stop chasing this fantasy of future happiness. Stop seeking a perfect ending to the long path of medical training; there is no end to the work of medicine. There will always be a million external pressurizing forces in medicine that push you to do more, to be better. If you chase an ideal goal, you will never be happy. Of course continue to hold yourself to high standards of aptitude and professionalism, but know that there is no such thing as perfection. Realize that in this atmosphere of god-like expectations, we are only human. Be kind to yourself, allow yourself to live life now, or you may find your once-pure altruism and motives for entering medicine soured with resent.

After a hard day’s studies, instead of dwelling on all the work left to do, choose to enjoy a night out on the town. After a long shift at the hospital, allow yourself the time to relax. Refuse to allow others to dictate your needs and your priorities, refuse to lose yourself to the endless work of medicine, and refuse to be part of the perpetuating force that makes future generations feel that they are ‘not doing enough.’

At the end of the day, stop and smell the roses. Reflect on the supportive people and moments in life that have touched you, and reach back to those roots—reconnect with your loved ones, seek those moments again. Be mindful what you need to be happy and take a stand for your right to leisurely pursuits, your right to be carefree. You need not wait for the light at the end of the tunnel. Live in the moment so that ten years from now, you can look back fondly with no regret of a life spent discontentedly looking for something more.