2017 Region VI Conference at MCW Recap

On February 4th, the 2017 Region VI conference was hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

The conference opened with a few words from APAMSA national president Ruey Hu, who invited students to explore cultural differences in health perception and what it means to be a part of APAMSA.

Presentations began with keynote speaker Dr. B Li, co-founder of National APAMSA, who shared his own personal experience with the difficulties of securing a bone marrow transplant for his own wife. Dr. Li discussed the stress, grief, and devastating consequences that were a reflection of the health disparities in the Asian-American population. Although many conference attendees were already a part of the bone marrow registry, Dr. Li’s touching story inspired many more attendees (17) to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

With that, Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton, a former deputy director of Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, spoke on advocacy through examining the needs of the community within a broader political and civil context. In highlighting the value of teamwork not only within the Asian-American community but also with other minority groups, Dr. Yang-Clayton reminded us that we all play a larger role in the fight for minority rights.

While Dr. Yang-Clayton inspired us to look beyond the Asian-American community, Dr. Xa Xiong emphasized the need to look within it. Dr. Xiong is one of six total Hmong physicians in the state of Wisconsin and explained that even within the Asian-American community, the Hmong population has been overlooked in many areas, including healthcare. In order to bridge this gap, Dr. Xiong spoke on Hmong culture and the need to be culturally competent.

After lunch, breakout sessions were held and included topics on: Herbal Medicinal Use with the Hmong (Dr. Kajua Lor), Patient Advocacy and Policy and Legislative Involvement (Dr Clarence Chou), Global Health Efforts in South Asia (Dr. D Kim), Spiritualism and Hmong Health Beliefs (Dr. Kajua Lor), Succeeding in Wards as an Asian-American (Dr. B Li), Importance of Context in Asian-American Mental Health (Dr. Seeba Anam), Strategies for Effective Medical Lecturing (Dr. Carlyle Chan) as well as presentations from the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (Dr. Suhaila Khan, Dr. Ho Luong Tran, Dr. Dextor Louie). In addition, we welcomed a pre-medical panel hosted by MCW Dean Dawn Bragg, MCW Assistant Dean Jane Machi, Dr. Xa Xiong, and MCW medical students.

The day concluded with a panel of physicians including Dr. Carlyle Chan, Dr. Clarence Chou, Dr. Seeba Anam, Dr. Xa Xiong, and Dr. B Li who openly discussed the advancements and challenges in mental health, advocacy, health inequalities, and cultural sensitivities in the AAPI community.

We would like to thank all of our speakers, attendees, volunteers, and sponsors on making the 2017 Region VI Conference a valuable experience. We hope to continue advocating for the health of the AAPI community and cultivating more knowledgeable and motivated healthcare providers through these APAMSA events.

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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. 

Introducing our Partnership with Canopy Apps

Canopy Apps is the winner of multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health to create tools to improve care for non-English speaking patients. As part of our partnership with Canopy, we have arranged for the following three benefits for members:

1. COMMUNICATE WITH PATIENTS IN ANY LANGUAGE INSTANTLY:
Free access to the Canopy Medical Translator app for iOS, a revolutionary technology which enables instant communication with patients in any language. To get the app, click here or search for “canopy” on the App Store and use access code “APAMSAvip” after you download.

2. TO IMPROVE YOUR MEDICAL SPANISH, visit: http://www.canopyapps.com/partners/apamsa/spanish-monthly
Get a free trial of Canopy Medical Spanish Training Platform, and special member pricing if you choose to purchase the entire program.

3. TO GET YOUR MEDICAL SPANISH ABILITY CERTIFIED, visit:
http://apamsa.ncbhpcertified.org/get-certified
If you are already a bilingual English-Spanish healthcare provider, certify your Medical Spanish ability today by taking the National Certification for Bilingual Healthcare providers exam with special member pricing for APAMSA members.

Click here to learn more.

APAMSA and DrSmarts Announce New Partnership

Dear APAMSA Members:

We are proud to announce our new partnership with DrSmarts.com.

DrSmarts is a free learning platform medical and healthcare students that provides access to  customized course content to help you reinforce what you are learning in the classroom as well as over 3,000 questions to help you prepare for the Boards.

What make DrSmarts different is that it offers you the possibility of reducing your debt  through weekly rewards and  annual cash scholarships merely by answering quiz questions correctly. You could be eligible to win the many weekly $25 dollar rewards or the top annual scholarship of $10,000 dollars.

In addition, the site allows each of you to raise money for APAMSA by answering quiz questions correctly! That’s right, the more questions you answer correctly on the site, APAMSA will also earn money to enhance our mission

Some of the other cool features on DrSmarts include:

§     Track performance on USMLE topics and provides the ability to review of quiz questions with detailed explanations

§     Full length reference books

§     Language Lab – you can learn any of the 39 languages

DrSmarts is a proud partner of APAMSA. DrSmarts is entirely free for validated medical students. APAMSA has vetted the site and the content and we believe that DrSmarts is a valuable  educational resource for all medical students.  DrSmarts rewards you for learning! Its true!

Join Today at www.drsmarts.com

Please remember to put “APAMSA” in the referral box during your registration, so APAMSA can become the beneficiary of your brain power.  

See you on DrSmarts – Where Learning is Rewarding!

Have a terrific new year!

APAMSA Leadership

NCAPIP Student Engagement Community Program

Hello APAMSA! I am pleased to present to you the Student Community Engagement Program, or SCEP, organized by the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. This program is a mentorship initiative designed to put motivated AANHPI students in touch with physician leaders to provide guidance in making a positive influence on their local communities.

All APAMSA members interested in this program are encouraged to check out the SCEP page at the NCAPIP website below!

NCAPIP Student Community Engagement Program

This is just another step in the exciting development of enhanced collaboration between NCAPIP and APAMSA, and also a valuable opportunity to work with active and enthusiastic physician mentors.