Executive Board


 

President

Ruey Hu

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine / Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
president@apamsa.org

Dear APAMSA:

This will mark my final year serving you on National Board. From my first year of med school, the inspiring people I got to know through APAMSA have become some of my greatest friends. I wondered, and still do: how can we create a stronger, richer community? How can we be more transparent, accountable, connected, and efficient? With this aim in mind, I built our local chapter portal, member database, the current form of our newsletter, our online shop, our chapter websites initiative, and our elections portal. This year, I am excited to launch a nationwide health screening quality improvement initiative with community outreach director Rochelle.

I grew up in Canada and studied at Princeton, where I majored in molecular biology and completed certificates in Chinese language and culture, neuroscience, and applications of computing. I am completing my final year of my MD/MPH at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. If you have any interest in integrating epidemiology, biostatistics, or population health into your medical school experience, I would love to answer your questions.

Looking ahead, I believe that our priorities should be to vigorously promote South Asian and Pacific Islander student initiatives, stimulate inter-chapter collaboration within each region, provide plug-and-play material for use in health screenings and education, and organize opportunities for students to engage with alumni in pilot cities. Please take advantage of the resources available to you on our network of sites, and share your ideas anytime with our National Board and Regional Board representatives and myself. You are all engaged in very important work. I feel very passionate about what I can do to support the work you all do across the country to advance the rights and bridge the gaps in AAPI health disparities.

 

External Vice President

Jiyoon (Junne) Park

Medical College of Wisconsin
externalvp@apamsa.org

As medical students, we do not have many opportunities to learn about health disparities and issues specific to the AAPI population. Not only does APAMSA allow us to learn this, it also gives us a chance to make a difference. That is why it has been a privilege for me to serve in both local and national APAMSA. As President of Medical College of Wisconsin APAMSA, I shed light to the incredible work we do locally and garner new partnerships with organizations in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin area. As Sponsorship Director, I was able to restructure the branch to be more efficient, organized, and transparent. I strengthened relationships with organizations such as the Latino Medical Student Association and made new partnerships with businesses such as Lyft.

As External Vice President, I can work with a team of dedicated colleagues with common goals and interests to build a national organization dedicated to serving those in need. In addition to my role as Sponsorship Director, I was actively working with members of the National and Executive board in all branches including the Communications Branch and Advocacy Branch. I often contributed to Board members’ novel ideas and built upon APAMSA’s professional networks through collaboration between different branches. Inter-branch collaboration, as I have experienced, brings APAMSA to new heights. When we combine our ideas, we can bring about the most significant change. I plan to continue encouraging this communication as External Vice President.

With my extensive experience in APAMSA, I am confident in organizing the National Conference, bringing in new sponsors to strengthen APAMSA’s financial resources and contribute to the awareness of AAPI health issues. It would be my pleasure to be a part of the Executive Board to further APAMSA’s agenda and my honor to dedicate my service as the Executive Vice President.

Internal Vice President

Robert Fu

Emory University School of Medicine
internalvp@apamsa.org

Growing up in Atlanta, I was often the only Asian in my grade at school. Maybe the entire school. It was a big school. I actually didn't realize the existence of an Asian American identity until I discovered the internet and Xanga. After starting medical school at Emory, I realized that this lack of awareness wasn't limited to 4th grade elementary students but existed in the industry of healthcare as well. Then somehow I ended up in APAMSA.

As the communications director this year, I aim to promote and market APAMSA's activities and accomplishments in as many ways as possible while maintaining cohesion within the organization. I am always open to new ideas or avenues of operation - feel free to contact me with any ideas or suggestions!

Executive Advocacy Director

James Ting

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
advocacy@apamsa.org

Hey everyone!

I am excited to serve as your Executive Advocacy Director. I am currently a third year medical student at Johns Hopkins. For the upcoming year, I have a few projects in mind: 1) help formalize a process for APAMSA members to shape its advocacy initiatives through policy resolutions, 2) strengthen relationships to other medical student organizations and AAPI or health advocacy organizations to provide resources for APAMSA members to get hands-on involvement in the current political dialogue, 3) coordinate well-timed and appropriate responses from the organization to our members and the general public. Be on the lookout for ways to get involved in advocacy!

Strategy Director

Alex Choy

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
strategy@apamsa.org

Goals:

-Retention of our members as they graduate from pre-med to alumni
-Get the newbies EXCITED!! about A.P.A.M.S.A
-Keep that fun APAMSA culture going
-Mental health checks throughout the year

Health Affairs Director

Jane Wang

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
healthaffairs@apamsa.org

Hey y'all!
I'm Jane, and I’ll be your Health Affairs Director for this upcoming year! Grew up in the SF/Bay Area, went to undergrad in LA, and now a Baltimore transplant! I’ve had the privilege of serving as your Community Outreach Director for the past 2 years, so I’m pumped to be working with everyone again!

This year in the Health Affairs branch, my aim is to produce new resource materials and link local chapters to progressive technological platforms as they move forward in their outreach endeavors. I also hope to continue providing the same financial support and expertise knowledge on our current key AAPI issues. I’ll be working with each of the directors under the Health Affairs umbrella to enhance the reach and breadth of their projects, but I’m always available to directly interface with anyone who wants to chat about any of these issues.

Membership Director

Jaclyn Chen

Stony Brook School of Medicine
membership@apamsa.org

Hello APAMSA!

I’m Jaclyn L. Chen, a M2 at Stony Brook University SOM in New York. It is such an incredible honor to be joining APAMSA’s National Board as one of the Membership Directors this year! I look forward to collaborating with my team as we work towards solidifying the membership of the various medical & premedical chapters that make APAMSA 15,000 members strong… and counting! This year, we will work on building more chapters, solidifying our membership database, facilitating more resource sharing and collaboration between chapters, and establishing a mentorship between physicians, medical students, and our premedical peers.

A little about me: Before moving to the overly exciting forest terrain of Long Island, I grew up in lower Manhattan, where I spent time venturing into the bustling streets of Chinatown to taste & smell all it has to offer. Not only were there colors and culture but also noticeable barriers in the form of language and awareness when it came to health issues in the AAPI community. I noticed this after shadowing AAPI physicians in the area; despite the sweet smell of boba tea and soup dumplings, the realization of health care dissonance in Chinatown was difficult to swallow. I soon nourished myself as an engineer-turned-nutrition/biology major at Cornell University, before working in neuro-clinical research, world travelling, and nightlife hospitality for my gap year (that was a mouthful)! My involvement in AAPI mental health advocacy, which started in college, soon lead to my joining the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) as a national board member, with the goal to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in AAPI issues. As a current leader in APAMSA, I am fully committed to APAMSA’s health & networking initiatives geared towards addressing the various healthcare “food for thoughts” in the AAPI community.

Membership Director

Yingfei Wu

Medical College of Wisconsin
membership@apamsa.org

My name is Yingfei and I will be your 2017-2018 Co-Membership Director! I am a third year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin and I graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA. In addition to serving as Regional Director for APAMSA last year, I was also the Hmong Health Screening Chair at our local chapter. Throughout medical school, APAMSA has been an important resource for me to become intimately involved with AAPI issues, develop professionally and personally, and advocate for our community. With ongoing issues impacting the AAPI community, from health inequities to racial prejudice, we need to bond together, advocate, and serve. I believe APAMSA has the potential to facilitate all that. As Co-Membership Director I look forward to increasing our member engagement and numbers because the experiences and passions of individual students are what fundamentally drives our cause.


 

External Vice President Branch


 

Sponsorship Director

Jason Park

Boston University School of Medicine
sponsorship@apamsa.org

Hi! My name is Jason Park and I am excited to serve as one of your Sponsorship Directors. I am a second year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I attended UC Berkeley for undergrad, were I studied dance. I am a former epidemiology researcher for The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health and a former healthcare analyst for Tufts Health Plan. As one of your Sponsorship Directors, I plan to: (1) Review all existing sponsorships, grants, etc. to identify opportunities to increase APAMSA’s budget. (2) Create a plan to establish new (and reestablishing lost) partnerships to maintain a stable funding stream (3) Develop an initiative to increase alumni support by building lasting relationships with members of the alumni network. I look forward to working with everyone and serving as one of your Sponsorship Directors.

Sponsorship Director

Christina Lin

Rush Medical College
sponsorship@apamsa.org


Internal Vice President Branch


 

Senior Editor

Purnima Gurung

California Northstate University
editor@apamsa.org

Thank you for the opportunity to work with such inspiring group of people. As a first year medical student at California Northstate University, I am excited to help connect our APAMSA community through monthly newsletters and announcements that'll highlight the wonderful opportunities APAMSA provides!

Junior Editor

Aprille Banchoencharoennsuk

editor@apamsa.org

Social Media Director

Linh Vu

UC Irvine
socialmedia@apamsa.org

Hello everyone! I am from Southern California, Orange County to be exact, and I absolutely love everything about SoCal! You can take me out of SoCal, but you can never take SoCal out of me. I also love to find new food/boba places and hidden gems wherever I go.

You do not know how thrilled I am to be the Social Media Director for National APAMSA! Since I just let out the secret, you do know now. Social media has been growing exponentially and it amazes me that we do everything through social media. We receive news and communicate through from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even Snapchat. Thus, I will make sure that all APAMSA-related news and updates will be available at your finger tips. Let's break the internet with APAMSA's awesome hashtags that will be trending all over social media!

#breaktheinternetwithAPAMSA

Network Director

Sophie Zhao

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
network@apamsa.org

My name is Sophie Zhao and I’m excited to be your new Network Director. I studied Biochemistry at UCLA and graduated in 2015. Before enrolling in medical school in 2017, I worked for more than a year as a web developer for an e-commerce start-up in San Francisco. I worked on many projects, including improving the user experience of the website and migrating portions of the website to use a new web framework.

I plan to leverage these experiences and accomplish the following goals for this upcoming year:
- Build a portal where members can submit new ideas and/or feedback on events
- Make webpages that detail the impact APAMSA has had on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities
- Explore the use of external tools, such as Asana and Quip, to help organize and track major initiatives
- Create webpages that have a seamless user experience


 

Health Affairs Branch


 

Community Outreach Director

Rochelle Wong

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
outreach@apamsa.org

I am excited to continue serving as your Community Outreach Initiative Director! I look forward to supporting our chapters in their local communities and always advocating for the incredible work they do. I am excited to continue serving as a leader of the APAMSA Clinic Consortium and ACC Committee as it continues to grow in size and resources. With the quality improvement project started with our National President, I am curious to see what the current best practices for health fairs are and hope to synthesize this information to share among all chapters to use to deliver consistent, good health screenings across all communities. And by promoting collaboration with other cultural groups in other graduate and professional schools on campus and learning to utilize their special skill set within the interdisciplinary team, I believe we can deliver the most comprehensive care to our patients in the community. Can’t wait to see where the next year will take us!

Hepatitis B/C Director

Jessica Wen

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
hepatitis@apamsa.org

Hi everyone! My name is Jess, and I could not be more thrilled to be hepatitis B/C director for this coming year. My major goal will be to expand our network through establishing new relationships with other national and local hepatitis awareness organizations in the API community. This is the best and most efficient way to expand our current outreach audience, and to build even better awareness events surrounding the hepatitis B/C health disparity in the API community.

Bone Marrow Director

Karen Bach

UCLA
marrow@apamsa.org

Growing up as an Asian American, I understand that education, communication, and compassion play a huge role in the prevention and treatment of illnesses. Illnesses, such as leukemia and other blood cancers, can be threatening for patients of multi-ethnic communities due to a lack of available and matching bone marrow donations. To increase the likelihood that patients will find the match they need, more donations need to be made. And yet, the misconceptions that surround it, such as painful invasive surgeries and life-long harm to the donor’s health, often disincline donors away from donating.

My goals as the Bone Marrow Director would be to provide a more personalize experience for leukemia patients and their families, as well as increasing the number of donors in the registry. Finding a matching donor can be an extremely distressing time in a patient’s life and I want to help make this as experience as comfortable as I can through a strong communication network. Working closely with the Bone Marrow Regional Directors, I want to raise awareness and educate more people on the national bone marrow initiative in order to increase the number of donors.

I understand that donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow harvesting, and other expenses associated with transplants may not be covered by health insurance for many patients. It is important that they have the funding for these vital support services. If I were to be the director, I would like to form a partnership with organizations such as The Bone Marrow Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for funding and other financial assistance.

Cancer Initiatives Director

Lucy Oh

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
cancer@apamsa.org

My name is Lucy Oh, and I am a first-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I grew up in San Diego and went to Johns Hopkins University, where I majored in Biomedical Engineering. I am both excited and grateful to be APAMSA’s new Cancer Initiative Director. My goal is to build on previous years’ materials and make concrete progress with our initiatives this year. I hope to work closely with our partners in American Cancer Society, get more involved with national cancer initiative Moonshot, and reach out to local APAMSA chapters for organizing local events. I look forward to serving as the Cancer Initiative Director and working with APAMSA and local chapters!

Mental Health Director

Kate Xie

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
mentalhealth@apamsa.org

Hello everyone, I am Kate. I grew up in Singapore, and attended the University of Miami for college. I am currently a third year medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. I am excited to be your Mental Health Initiative Director this year!

I want to spearhead the following main initiatives this year:
• Creating individualized resource kits for APAMSA chapters to encourage greater dialogue about the mental health issues that medical students can face.
• Conducting information sessions on the unique mental health challenges affecting APIs.
• An APAMSA committee that works with national NGOs focused on mental health to create initiatives focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

I am very excited to continue to be your Mental Health Initiative Director director. I look forward to working with the national board to serve all of you!

Global Health Director

Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
globalhealth@apamsa.org

My name is Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai, and I am a first year at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, and I attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in Applied Linguistics and Spanish. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve as your Global Health Director. I became interested in global health through my experiences in witnessing inequalities to healthcare access while living in Thailand, the US, and in Chile. This passion led me to work with global health organizations in my undergraduate career. My goals for this year is to increase awareness of global health issues affecting our diverse communities, including highlighting some of the underrepresented issues in the API communities, and increasing opportunities for members to engage in global health projects worldwide.


Advocacy Branch


 

Health Advocacy Director

Katarina Nguyen

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
healthadvocacy@apamsa.org

I am so excited to be elected as your new Health Advocacy Director. I want to share a little more about me and want to emphasize that I am open to talk any time. Even if I haven’t met you yet, I definitely do want to so please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions or comments! A little about me is that I was born and raised in Seattle, WA and moved over to Baltimore, MD for college. I attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 3 years with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and worked as a research technologist/coordinator for a year. I moved to the Midwest a little over a year ago to attend medical school at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where I have worked to re-establish all of the connections I had made to my previous communities. I am the leader of over five organizations in my school as well as working on several community projects. I love reaching out and becoming involved with things I am passionate about, and APAMSA is definitely one of them. My short term goals as your Health Advocacy Director are the following:

- Poll APAMSA members on important health advocacy topics to support
- Work to disseminate ideas and good advocacy events hosted by local chapter and regions
- Create an advocacy campaign highlighting and rewarding members who work to advocate for common issues

I cannot wait for the upcoming years and I am open to suggestions and want to work towards changes and goals that members of APAMSA want to see, as I work to represent the ideas of you all. Thank you again for electing me!

AAPI Advocacy Director

Jennifer Qin

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
aapi-advocacy@apamsa.org

I am honored to serve as your AAPI Advocacy Director. AAPI narratives are often underrepresented in national conversations on race, and I believe that APAMSA can amplify AAPI perspectives on national policy. I hope to help APAMSA members learn about AAPI history of oppression and resistance in the US, use my design experience and art background to develop infographics to engage in these conversations, and stand in solidarity with other communities of color.

Diversity Director

Janki Patel

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
diversity@apamsa.org

My name is Janki Patel, I’m a first-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and I’m excited to be the new Diversity Director for APAMSA’s National Board! The strong ties that I’ve had to my cultures and traditions within the Indian American community have fostered my interest in running for the Diversity Director. A lot of my interest in medicine stems from my experiences with diverse populations, especially in India, and I’d really like to give back to those API communities that initially sparked my passion.

From working with very diverse patient populations, I’ve learned a lot about the cultures that exist within our own country as well as all over the world, and the unique health implications that can result from this. As the Diversity Director, I’d like to delve deeper into this topic to understand and communicate the health disparities that exist within the different API populations. Within the Asian and Pacific Islander group, each community has their own language, distinct culture, and therefore faces their own unique challenges. My initiative as Diversity Director is to explore the details of these challenges faced by subgroups within the broad API populations. With this research, I plan to work with other leaders to brainstorm and execute practices to bring about change at the community level to address such challenges. One example of this can be to bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and API patients so that patients can better understand and communicate with medical professionals and become more engaged within their own health care process.

Rapid Response Advocacy Director

Bright Zhao

Stanford University School of Medicine
rapidresponse@apamsa.org

Resolutions Director

Justin Nguyen

Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
resolutions@apamsa.org

Hey everyone, I am fired up to be your new Resolutions Director! This past year, I have had the opportunity to educate students about health access issues in my local chapters for APAMSA, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), AMA, and Protect Our Patients. These have informed the work I do in writing and reviewing resolutions to be adopted by the AMA Medical Student Section as official positions that enable AMA-MSS to influence health policy.


Strategy Branch


 

Research Director

Jiun Yiing Hu

University of Maryland School of Medicine
research@apamsa.org

​Hi everyone! I’m Yiing, an M2 at the University of Maryland. I am honored to have served as your Director of Academic Education this past year, where I worked on several projects: (1) negotiating member discounts for Step 1 preparation with Picmonic and CramFighter, (2) establishing a national platform online that showcases APAMSA student research, (3) working with Alex, APAMSA’s internal VP, to start APAMSA’s first ever national Big/Little peer-to-peer mentorship program, (4) organizing the national conference poster session, and (5) supporting IRB-funded research on AAPI/diversity-related topics involving APAMSA.

I’m very passionate about health and social issues faced by minorities in our country. I believe that AAPI representation in research and AAPI-focussed research are essential for advancing patient-centered care. With a better understanding of AAPI-specific health issues, we may become better doctors and advocates for our communities.

I have extensive research experience, having engaged in basic, translational and clinical research throughout college and completed a MSc in medical neuroscience in Berlin. I understand the importance of mentorship and of continuous process optimization, and plan on applying these principles to supporting research within APAMSA and by APAMSA members. As Director of Research, I intend on continuing the projects I began last year and implementing several new initiatives:
(1) Maintaining Research Highlights on national website. showcasing APAMSA student research
(2) Circulating a monthly list of member publications
(3) Organizing national conference poster session
(4) Work closely with the Health Affairs and Advocacy divisions to coordinate systematic, longitudinal collection of data from AAPI populations served at local community fairs and APAMSA medical students to:
a) Identify their greatest needs and health risks
b) Identify other social determinants of health
c) Help deaggregate minority health data
d) Facilitate quality improvement of APAMSA service initiatives
(5) Collaborate with the Diversity Director to publish monthly Faces of APAMSA interview series, showcasing the diversity of APAMSA student experiences and insights they’ve gained in their personal and professional lives.
(6) Establish a national database of shared medical resources (notes, visuals, mnemonics, etc).

Alumni Liaison

Emilee Tu

Albert Einstein School of Medicine
alumni@apamsa.org

Hi everyone! My name is Emilee Tu and I'm excited to be your Alumni Liaison! I grew up in southwest Virginia, went to college at Princeton, and am a first year medical student at Einstein. I love hiking, nature, dance, and music!

In the upcoming year, I hope to accomplish the following goals:
1) Develop and maintain an alumni directory searchable by various domains such as geography, specialty, and career type
2) Establish a webinar series for alumni talks and interactive AMAs (Ask Me Anything)
3) Organize events for students, alumni, and NCAPIP members, including Days of Service volunteering events and professional development mixers

In addition to these ideas, I also have experience interacting with program alumni. As a board member of my dance company at Princeton, I frequently had to liaise with alumni to keep them informed about our shows, events, and progress as a company. I have experience maintaining updated databases of contact information and keeping alums active, interested, and proud of their former organizations.

I am excited for a wonderful year with APAMSA and I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Alumni Liaison!

Database Director

Stephanie Kwan

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
database@apamsa.org

Hi all! Thank you for electing me to be your new Database Director! I look forward to working with everyone and will do my best to ensure that our membership database is always reliable and complete. Having been involved in many organizations, I understand the great need there is to maintain good databases in order to maintain good communications.
Future goals include:
• Building a reliable and easily accessible database for ease of membership organization
• Provide/create infographics or analyses regarding national APAMSA as a whole

Pre-med APAMSA Director

Anderson Nguyen

UC Irvine School of Medicine
premed@apamsa.org

I am very excited to be your new National Pre-Medical Director! I grew up in Long Beach, CA and graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology (Go Bruins!). I am currently a first-year medical student at UC Irvine School of Medicine. My interests within medicine include student run free clinics, AAPI health advocacy, mentorship, community health, and healthcare in resource-limited settings. Outside of medicine, I love to explore new coffee and boba spots, try different ethnic food, and take my puppy to dog beaches.

Being involved in APAMSA has been a formative experience during my undergraduate years and I am very excited to continue being involved with APAMSA as a medical student. My goals for this year for the APAMSA Pre-Medical Director position are to (1) develop a system of APAMSA physician and medical student mentors for each APAMSA region so that pre-medical students can seek region-specific community outreach and clinical opportunities; (2) help pre-medical students become more informed about health issues that uniquely impact the AAPI community; (3) produce quarterly articles on different pre-medical experiences so that students can be introduced to a wide spectrum of research and clinical experiences; and (4) expand APAMSA’s pre-medical membership base.

I truly love the APAMSA family and I look forward to working alongside everyone during this upcoming year!

Pre-med APAMSA Director

Bianca Ho

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
premed@apamsa.org

Hi everyone! My name is Bianca Ho, and I am excited to serve as one of your Pre-med APAMSA Directors this year!

I grew up in Boston, and went to McGill University for my Bachelor's (Pharmacology) and Master's (Human genetics). I am currently an MS2 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx! Even though it’s been a while, I can still remember vividly how stressful and confusing my pre-med years were. I strongly believe that the current medical students of APAMSA are in a unique position to give back and make sure all pre-med students have access to guidance, mentors, and support.

As Pre-med APAMSA Director, my main objectives are to (1) increase the presence of pre-med APAMSA chapters across the nation, to (2) expand topics and improve accessibility of the pre-med resources on the APAMSA website, and to (3) streamline the pre-med mentorship program to be more user-friendly. I will be coordinating with the communications branch of the national board to achieve these goals. I am also in contact with past Pre-med APAMSA Directors to continue working on their initiatives such as the Official APAMSA Pre-med Guide and the database of mentors and existing resources. In achieving these goals, I hope to foster community and support among APAMSA members at all stages of their careers.

Academic Education Director

Amareen Dhaliwal

Boston University School of Medicine
academiceducation@apamsa.org

I'm honored to serve at your academic director. I've worked in medical education and K-20 education to develop dozens of syllabi and integrative programs. I hope to use this background and as a prior leader for the BUSM APAMSA chapter to bring more education resources at every level into light at APAMSA.