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.

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.

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

To commemorate May 19th, 2014 –National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – APAMSA is excited to partner with the Banyan Tree Project again to bring you and your chapter ways to get involved!

What happens on this day?

Organizations around the country dedicated to A&PI health host events in their communities to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS-related stigma. HIV-related stigma is the severe individual, family, and community shame or disgrace associated with HIV.

Being silent about HIV can contribute to HIV infections. HIV stigma hurts individuals and the community as a whole. People are discriminated against, disowned from families, and fired from jobs. But by understanding its cause and listening to others’ experiences, we can help end HIV stigma through knowledge and action.

It all starts with talking about HIV and listening with compassion. The more knowledge you have about HIV stigma, the easier you can prevent it and help those who are living with HIV. If you believe in empowering each other to build a healthier community, please join us and read on.

As the U.S. works to make an “AIDS-free generation” a reality, engaging communities in ending HIV stigma becomes more important than ever. For all communities, stigma is a powerful barrier preventing people from getting HIV tests or accessing treatment. For the A&PI community—where the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 people living with HIV doesn’t know it and over two-thirds have never been tested for HIV (National Health Interview Survey, 2009)—addressing the shame and fear that haunts the disease is imperative. National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an important opportunity to start that dialogue.

Suggested activities for you and/or your chapter

  1. Learn more about HIV stigma here: http://banyantreeproject.org/wp2014/what-is-hiv-stigma/  Interactive elements include the “Are YOU a stigmatizer quiz?”
  2. Watch how HIV stigma affects A&PIs through these real-life stories: http://banyantreeproject.org/wp2014/stories-in-community/

An easy-to-plan advocacy activity for your chapter could be to briefly integrate a video discussion into the first part of your next meeting.  Please let us know if your chapter decides to!

Please contact Randy Luu and Arjun Gokhale at advocacy@apamsa.org for more information!


Web Series: Asian-American Mental Health

We at APAMSA would like to share with you an exciting new web series for medical students on Asian American Mental Health:

As part of a two-year project, I created an online resource on Asian American mental health that is for medical professionals, particularly young trainees. On this Youtube channel, you will find a series of filmed interviews with model clinical programs, research centers, and pioneers in Asian American health and mental health from across the US and Canada. Examples include the NY Asian Women’s Center, APICHA (Asian-American HIV/LGBT clinic), Sacramento’s Transcultural Wellness Center, Toronto’s Hong Fook Mental Health Association, the Asian American Center for Health Disparities Research, and many others.


Please keep checking back as I will be adding new videos over the coming months for a total of 25 interviews by July.

Filmed and Edited by Enrico Castillo, MD, fourth-year psychiatry resident at Columbia University
Supported by the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program and the NY State Psychiatric Institute’s Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence

Webinar: Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Health

We at APAMSA are excited to share with you an exciting Webinar being organized by our friends at the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for Public Health:

Greetings, Aloha, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, la Orana, Talofa, Fakaalofa atu, Malo ni, Noa’ia, Kia Ora, Kaoha, Kia orana, Hafa Adai, Yokwe, Ran annim, Kaselehlie, Lotu wo, Magethin, Alii, Mauri, Mo yoran, Bula vinaka, Halo, Halo ola keta, Bonjour, Kwe’:

The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for Public Health, in official relations with the American Public Health Association, is pleased to celebrate our 40th year by co-hosting APIC’s Annual AA&PI Heritage Month Webinar, “Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Health” with the American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus.

We’re also extremely honored to announce that Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, will join us for the Welcome.

This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest developments in NHPI Health, and engage in a dialogue to advance NHPI Health, in the U.S., and throughout the Pacific.

Join us for a webinar advancing #NHPI Health on May 29 5-6 PM ET. Register now at http://bit.ly/1rNfK4n. #APAHM2014.
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact Elena Ong at chair@apicaucus.org, or Natalie Ah Soon at caucuscouncilor2@apicaucus.org.

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