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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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/ 

WUSM APAMSA Update – Diwali: A South Asian Cultural Night

On November 18, 2016 Washington University School of Medicine APAMSA celebrated Diwali: A South Asian Cultural Night

WUSM Diwali is primarily a celebration of South Asian culture, during which medical students choreograph and perform a series of artistic performances, with culinary dishes catered from a local South Asian restaurant. This year, we organized a cultural show that included 3 South Asian dance performances from the M1,M2, and M4 classes, a cultural fashion show, and an Indian pop music performance by a medical student band. In addition to an introductory educational component describing the religious and cultural origin and significance of Diwali, the event was an opportunity for medical students to come together to enjoy each other's company and celebrate the good in our lives and in the year to come.

2016 National Conference Recap – Promoting Wellness From Within

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 Rush Medical College hosted the 2016 National Conference! The conference, titled Promoting Wellness from Within, took on the special aim to address the importance of mental health in the medical community itself. The goal of the conference was to send participants home with an overarching message - Care for yourself, so that you may best care for your community.

The conference featured topics and activities ranging from Health Policy discussions to Culinary medicine to improvisation lessons and various career opportunity presentations including those by the US Navy. Sessions were led by industry and academic leaders, headed off with they keynote speaker Dr. Nolan Zane, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies, University of California-Davis and the director of the Asian American Center on Disparities Research.

The wide variety of conference topics were attended by a variety of participants with backgrounds ranging from medicine to public health to industry. The conference was closed with a message from the newly elected APAMSA National President Ruey Hu, who emphasized the importance of speaking out and participation on every level of the organization.

A final thank you to all our sponsors and partners who made this conference a success! America's Navy, Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente, NBME, Picmonic, Marie King, Rush College of Medicine, The University of chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Conference website: Click Here
Additional photos available on APAMSA's Facebook: Click Here
Chapter Awards: Click Here