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. 

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/ 

Jefferson Chapter Activities Update

Henna + Mindfulness Event

On Thursday, October 6th, Jefferson APAMSA hosted a Henna body art event with the Jefferson Psychiatry Interest Group. The event was attended by over 20 students and faculty from the Jefferson Community. Refreshments and henna materials were made by Maitri Pancholy, co-President of Jefferson’s APAMSA chapter. The event was kicked off with an introduction to the art of henna as well as a short presentation on how mindfulness and activities such as henna can promote mental health in the student community. This event’s theme of promoting mental well-being coincided directly with the topic of this year's APAMSA’s National conference in early October.

Chinatown Flu fest

On Sunday, October 9th, 2016, Members of Jefferson’s APAMSA volunteered at a flu shot clinic at the local Chinese Church in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. This event provided flu vaccines to members of Philadelphia’s uninsured Chinatown population. Qinglan Huang, Jefferson APAMSA’s Health Education Director, and Bill Li, Jefferson APAMSA’s Co-President, served as Mandarin translators and helped patients fill out their flu shot forms. Qing and Bill also helped prepare vaccines and organize tables and charts. In doing so, Jefferson APAMSA hopes to keep in line with the community service principles that APAMSA was founded upon.

Region VI Conference Recap

On February 13th, 2016 Loyola University's Chicago Stritch School of Medicine hosted the Region VI conference "Breaking the Silence"

The central theme of the conference was to address important issues facing the APIA community as well as cultural barriers or beliefs that contribute to the health disparities present today. Attending the conference were students from several schools in the region, as well as individuals curious about the topic and the organization.

The conference began with an address from APAMSA president Kevin Riutzel, reinforcing the ideals of the organization and appreciating the conference's role in exemplifying them.

Headlining the conference was keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Chen of DePaul University's School for New Learning. His message, titled "Advocating for the Model Minority: Remodeling the Myth" spoke to important issues confronted by Asian Americans in all walks of life. Speaking through his experiences in healthcare, academia, and industry, Dr. Chen addressed the central theme from a wide breadth of viewpoints. Drawing from his unique perspectives, Dr. Chen discussed his own journey through medicine and society and how that affects how he views patients and clients today.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Karen Kim from University of Chicago Medicine titled "Making the Invisible, Visible: Asian Americans and Health". Drawing from her experience in practice and research, Dr. Kim discussed issues in medicine that affect Asian Americans that are too often overlooked in general American medical practices. Dr. Kim cited her extensive research on medical issues prominent in Asian American communities as well as extending her research to health disparities and cultural acceptance to show how important and multifaceted this issue was and how small steps we can take at our level as medical students go a long way towards the future of multicultural healthcare in America.

On the far side of lunch we welcomed Dr. Hong Liu, Dr. Hideki Shikata, Dr. Phuong Tran, and Dr. Joseph Lee in a panel discussing "A conversation with Community Advocates". A wide breadth of topics were addressed from individual tips in community outreach and interaction all the way to how a national organization like APAMSA can help communities across the nation.

We were pleased to continue in more personalized settings in breakout sessions featuring Dr. Juliana Chan, Yoonsun Pyun, Dr. Namratha Kandula, and Dr. Helen Lam to reflect on the ideas and perspectives of the day. We also welcomed Dean Sunny Nakae who led a panel with pre-med students.

Dr. Joseph Lee returned with closing remarks concluding the conference. He spoke looking towards the future and with hope that the unique ideas and perspectives we gained from the plethora of individuals and experiences would be integrated into each attendee as they approached medicine in the future.

We thank all our speakers, sponsors, organizers and attendees for making this a successful conference! We look forward to continuing to interact with everyone and hope that the connections made and perspectives gained at our conference continue to grow from here!

May Updates

Donate to Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts; Check out SLU, WashU, and Rush events; Learn about Cancer and the AAPI Population; Tune in to a Seminar on Social Determinants of Health (MAY 2015)

 

This 3rd Sunday of May, mark the start of API Cancer Awareness Week with these great resources! Learn about lung cancer and the API population.

Rush APAMSA, with Rush geriatrician Dr. Qin Xi Dong, organized a health screening and education fair in Chicago. (More)

APAMSA is partnering with the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus to bring you an excellent webinar on the social determinants of AAPI health. (RSVP)

Region VII is pleased to conclude this year’s regional conference on Leadership in Medicine, at Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. (More)

LA Times: APAMSA national officer Michelle Chen promotes health screening in Hacienda Heights. (More) (Photo: Marcus Yam, LA Times)

Congratulations to our graduating seniors at every chapter! In particular, we would like to honor these seniors for their service to National APAMSA:

Amy Zhang (LSU), Claudia Cao (Michigan), Helen Shi (Michigan), Hillary Lin (Stanford), Justin Teng(Michigan), Mike Chu (Michigan), Tracy Wang(Hopkins), Tiffany Ho (Hopkins), Michelle Pong(Einstein), Paul Peng (Mt. Sinai), Peter Park(Michigan), Ammar Siddiqui (Mt. Sinai), Jin Ge(Penn), Shannon Koh (Vanderbilt), Linh Vu (UCI)

Please consider donating towards the Nepal Earthquake Relief Funds. (More)

Congratulations to our Healthy Choices Recipe Contest Winners (More)

Rush APAMSA andSASA celebrate cuisine and nutrition during APA Heritage Month (More)

SLU and WashU APAMSA put on a lecture on Chronic Hepatitis B in Asian-Americans.

Contribute to our Global Health Opportunities Directory (More)

 

 

Region III 2015 Conference Recap

The Region III Mid-Atlantic APAMSA Conference was held on January 31st, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Check-in and breakfast was from 8 – 9am. This was a great opportunity for students to meet each other and network before the conference events began.

At 9 am, Dr. Stephen Yang, the conference’s keynote speaker, opened with a talk about cancer screening in AAPI populations. Following Dr. Yang, Ms. Pavitri Dwivedi, the second keynote speaker and a representative from Hep B United, spoke with the students about the prevalence of hepatitis in AAPIs, and the important for screening and proper follow-up with these populations. Their inspiring talks were the perfect transition into a day filled with discussions directly relating to AAPI health issues and community activism.

After the keynote speeches, the students had the option of attending 1 of 2 talks happening during the 10 am – 11 am time slot. One of the talks was given by Dr. Clarence Lam, who spoke about public health issues facing the AAPI community. The other was a workshop on the Whitehouse Initiative on AAPIs, run by Ms. Bessie Chan and Ms. Christine Harley. Dr. Lam, Ms. Chan, and Ms. Harley are all very active in local and national governments, and proudly represent the voice of AAPIs. Their presentations were vital to encouraging conference attendees (who are all future healthcare providers) to have a voice in government and advocate for a population that many times is overlooked by policy makers. It’s important for students to know that they can make a difference and have a voice in policy-making and public health measures.

From 11 am to 12 pm, there was again the option of attending 1 of 2 talks. Dr. Linda Lee, head of the program for Integrative Medicine gave a presentation about her field, and how preventative medicine can be a very appealing option to AAPIs. Dr. ??? gave a brief talk about nephrology, with included basic physiology and interesting case studies. His talk ended with encouraging words about being unafraid to advocate for one’s patients, since Asian American students and professionals tend to be on the more soft-spoken side. There were highly positive review from students on both presentations.

The conference ended with a catered lunch from Panera, where the students got to further socialize. Any premed students attending the conference were able to attend a short premed panel, comprised of current medical students also attending the conference. There were closing remarks from the National APAMSA President, as well as the 2 regional directors. Overall, it was a great conference – both fun and informative – and everyone enjoyed themselves greatly.

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