We wish all the APAMSA chapters much success on their hepatitis initiatives. We look forward to learning about their work at the 2017 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference in Washington, DC!
We encourage chapters to apply for hepatitis education grants. Applications are due 4 weeks prior to the event and can be found at hepatitis.apamsa.org/grants.
The National APAMSA Hepatitis Project is generously supported by Gilead Sciences, The Chinese American Medical Society, and The Asian Health Foundation.
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.
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The 2015 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference was held on Saturday, November 14th at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA with the goal of not only educating student attendees about Hepatitis B and C, but also motivating them to take action to implement or strengthen the Hepatitis initiatives in their own communities. Around 100 students from over 20 schools around the country attended to learn more about the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Hepatitis B & C and specifically how the diseases affect the Asian Pacific Islander populations.
The conference started with a keynote speech from Dr. Anna Lok (University of Michigan Medical School and 2017 AASLD President) followed by a Physician-Student Mentorship Luncheon, where students were seated in small groups with the nation’s leading hepatologists. After lunch, Dr. Stuart Fong, one of the founders of SF Hep B Free, spoke about the origins, challenges, and strategies behind the widely successful Hepatitis B campaign in San Francisco. A patient living with Hepatitis B also shared her personal story about her and her family’s battle with this silent killer. In addition to a clinical case activity, attendees further learned about Hepatitis B and C through amazing talks by Dr. Joseph Lim (Yale University School of Medicine) about the treatment of the two diseases and by Dr. Linda Wong (John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii) about the potential outcomes of Hepatitis and treatment of HCC. The conference ended with an inspirational talk from Dr. Samuel So (Stanford School of Medicine and Founder of the Asian Liver Center) about the Jade Ribbon Campaign and international Hepatitis outreach efforts.
The 2015 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference Poster Winners for each of the categories are:
Individual Research: Christopher Pham – Dis-aggregated liver cancer trends in Asian Americans in 1988-2012
Community Work: Freddie Peng, Amy Lei – Hepatitis B Screening in Asian Pacific Islander Communities within Philadelphia
Combination (Incorporation of Research and Community Work): Joyce Nguyen, Denny Kim – Perceived Hepatitis B Status versus Actual Status in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Rhode Island
“[This conference] exceeded expectations! Really informative and also great to meet APAMSA chapters around the nation!”
“I really liked the case where we worked in groups. It’s one thing to learn about how to diagnose, and what someone’s Hep B status is, but by participating in the case exercise, it really cemented my understanding. You don’t see that it too many conferences, so it was definitely beneficial.”
“It was awesome hearing from such heavy hitters in the community all in one day. This was very exciting and I had never seen anything like it before.”
“I had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed the talks! As Hepatitis B is a topic that personally impacts my family, it is always good to learn more. Hearing the efforts that are currently being put forth by rather inspiring figures within the Hepatitis B world was definitely encouraging and motivational
APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Education and Community Grants: Now that attendees have learned all about Hep B & C and how it affects the API communities, it is time to take action! Apply for the APAMSA grants to help fund an education or community screening event. More information can be found on the grant website. Plan ahead as the first deadline for screening grant applications is due on December 31st! If you like recommendations to Hepatitis B and C resources or have questions regarding the grants, please contact
Special Thanks to the amazing Planning Committee members William Jin, Diana Cheung, and Jennifer Chae for their efforts in organizing this conference! Shoutout to Alex Choy (APAMSA Communications Director) and Andy Tien (APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Director) for their enormous contributions as well!
All photos on this page credit to Kimberly Vu
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!
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.
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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)
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The University of Nevada School of Medicine chapter of APAMSA presented a talk at the university’s annual Cultural Considerations in Healthcare conference in mid-February. The talk, titled “#NotYourModelMinority” focused on the disparities in healthcare access that exist among different Asian populations and the barriers to access that Asian families face. The talk highlighted many of the major diseases that disproportionately affect Asian Americans, including Hepatitis B. Afterward, a clinical case study focusing on Hepatitis B was presented to the audience. Participants were split into groups and were told to role play different healthcare workers–including physicians, nurses, counselors and social workers—to provide care for the patient in their field of expertise, highlighting the multimodal nature of healthcare in today’s society.
Rama Raja, University of Nevada School of Medicine