Advice from APAMSA alumni for Match Day

We hope you’ll keep in touch and remember that wherever you go, your APAMSA family will always support you!
Former APAMSA National president Kevin Riutzel has some advice for your next few days:

Are you excited?? Nervous??? A mess????? You should be!!!! You’ve put so much time, money, and effort into trying to get to the next stage of this medical marathon, and it really is draining. However, take a moment to realize YOU’VE MADE IT THROUGH MEDICAL SCHOOL!!!!!!!! That is something you can always look back on and say, “Wow. I really can do anything.”

As you wait for the golden e-mail/notification that lets you know where you will live for the next 3+ years of your life, please go into match day satiated with knowledge that you will be a resident physician. Period. The match system can sometimes set people up for disappointment on match day should they not get their #1 pick. If you don’t get your #1 pick, great!! You still matched!!! Look forward to the fact that starting July, you will be making decisions as part of a team that can truly heal people – people who are looking to you for help and guidance at possibly their bleakest hour.

As part of the APAMSA family, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me for tips regarding intern year or if you just need a place to crash when you visit Disneyland. Again, congrats on all your hard work and stand proud of your achievements, doctor!!!!

Kevin Riutzel
Former National APAMSA President

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, we wish you the best of luck!
Our former APAMSA National vice president would like to wish you all well:

Congratulations to you all for being done with interviews and submitting your rank lists! As you all mentally prepare for Match Day, I want you to know that even though you may not feel it right now, that everything that will happen on Match Day and after happens for a reason. I will admit at this time last year, I was feeling very nervous simply not knowing what to expect. I still vividly remember waking up on Match Day not knowing if I was going to be in the South, Northeast, West Coast, or Midwest for residency. But looking back on it almost one year later as I’ve had the chance to settle in and bond with my fellow residents, I realize that it was meant to be that I ended up at UMiami for residency even though I did not feel that way at the time. So my two cents to you all as you anxiously await Match Day is to keep your mind off of Match Day as much as possible; the rank list is in so do something you enjoy whether it’s going out for a run, watching Netflix or enjoying Mardi Gras (as a former NOLA resident) to keep your mind off of the rank list since you can’t change anything! Also just try to keep things in perspective, while it’s a big step, it’s not the end all of the world, residency will fly by fast and next thing you know you’ll be applying for fellowship or a job. And most importantly, please enjoy every moment of 4th year! As someone going through intern year, appreciate the free time and make the most of this time to pursue something out of your life bucket list–whether it’s traveling abroad or trying to run a marathon or doing a cross country road trip through every state, you won’t have this kind of time for quite awhile!

You all will do great and I truly wish you all the best in the next phase of your journey!

Robert Hsu
Former National APAMSA Vice President

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It looks like you’re at the point in your career where you may be entering the Match this year! National APAMSA would like to pass on a message from an alumni that has been in your shoes –

Congratulations on entering the Match! It is a humbling and exciting time of your life and it feels like your entire life led up to this decision. Just remember, no matter where you go and what you do, you will have the honor of being part of many individual’s most vulnerable situations and have the chance to help make a difference. You will do great in any program as long as you open your arms and heart to everyone around you. Around this time last year, I felt a sense of calm after having gone through years of learning and sacrifices with tears and smiles. You will be happy, too. Remember to congratulate your friends, give people hugs, and smile: you’re going to be a doctor! Even if your parents may or may not understand, they are proud. You are amazing! Have a lovely Match Day and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

Warm regards,

Lindy Zhang, MD

Pediatric Resident, PGY-1
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
APAMSA Region I Director 2014-2015

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.

Find all photos here on our Facebook page! 

SUNY Upstate Medical University APAMSA Update – Lunar New Year Gala

On January 27, 2017 the APAMSA chapter of State University of New York Upstate Medical University hosted the New Year Gala. 

In collaboration with the Upstate chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, we hosted the Lunar New Year Gala at Upstate Medical University during the eve of Lunar New Year. Taking place at a time traditionally spent with close family, we shared this time with the Upstate community, friends, and family to foster cultural understanding. The event included dinner, cultural performances, and a video from Upstate Administration speaking about their experiences and understanding of the holiday. The gala exhibited traditional performances including a lion dance and a handkerchief dance, with guest performers from Syracuse University demonstrating Korean drumming. Over 100 students, faculty, and administrators from all the colleges at Upstate came together this night to celebrate the importance of family, tradition and culture of the APAI community and people of Asian heritage.

Northeast Regional Conference – Registration Open!

ADDRESSING SILENT ISSUES in the APIA COMMUNITY

Registration and More Information Link: http://apamsa2017ne.strikingly.com/
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/389624731371260/
When: Saturday February 11, 2017
Where: Vagelos Education Building, Columbia University Medical Center

A person's well-being extends beyond the absence of a pathological state. In addition to its biological component, wellness also has emotional, spiritual, and social dimensions just to name a few. Topics such as mental health, addiction, and work-life balance involve much more than just the biological factors. These facets of health are often taboo or shunned from discussions in APIA populations. This conference aims to address these silent issues in APIA populations and explore the connection between the silence and health disparities. We hope that our discussions at the conference will promote greater awareness and encourage attendees to think of ways to move forward with these issues.
We are fortunate to have lined up a diverse group of talented speakers who will be sharing their insights on the different facets of healthcare and their experiences in making a difference within these fields. You will also have the opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas with students from over 15 schools throughout the northeast.

Thank you and we hope to see many of you soon!

Sincerely,

Rudy Chen, Tim He, Jaclyn Chen, Brian Hsia, Shannon Kiang, and Delia Shen
APAMSA Region I and II Directors

 

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/