The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.


APAMSA’s foundation was laid in 1993 by Asian American students worried about the present and future of the APA community. Dr. B Li co- founded the e-mail bulletin board ‘AAMSnet’ for Asian American medical students in 1994 and co-formed the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association in 1995.

APAMSA was formed because issues of APA health were largely ignored by existing organizations. Since its initial formation in 1995, APAMSA chapters have formed at schools across the country to improve the health and well-being of the APA community and promote understanding of the unique challenges Asian Pacific Americans face in medicine.

January 1993

A Call for Community Involvement” New York: NYU

April 1993

Asian American Caucus at AMSA, Miami: WI

October 1993

Asian American Family Health: Needs and Networks” Columbus: OSU

Breaking the Silence” Boston: Harvard

April 1994

Asian American Caucus at AMSA, Washington, D.C: CWRU, Stanford

October 1994

A New Voice” Boston: Harvard

White House Briefing on Health Care Reform, Washington, D.C.: Harvard, Tufts, NYU

AAMSnet on-line, Columbus: OSU

January 1995

Formation of First APAMSA National Conference “Reflections on Self & Community
New York: Columbia, Cornell, Einstein, NYU, SUNY Brooklyn, Mt. Sinai

October 1995

Second National Conference “Strength Through Unity
Philadelphia: Medical College of Pennsylvania- Hahnemann University, Temple University, Jefferson Medical College, University of Pennsylvania

October 1996

Third National Conference “APA Leaders: Forging Ties for a Stronger Tomorrow
Boston: Harvard University

October 1997

Fourth National Conference
Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University

November 1998

Fifth National Conference
Chicago: Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Finch Chicago Medical School, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

November 1999

Sixth National Conference
San Francisco: University of California at Davis

October 2000

Seventh National Conference “Ancient Traditions, New Frontiers
Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Stanford University

October 2001

Eighth National Conference “Forging into the next Millennium: Committment to API Service
New York City: New York University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

October 2002

Ninth National Conference “Our Culture, Our Health
St. Louis: Washington University, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

November 2003

Tenth National Conference “Changing the Face of Medicine
Washington DC: Georgetown University SOM, George Washington SOM, Johns Hopkins SOM, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

November 2004

Eleventh National Conference “Leading By Example
Houston, Texas: UT Houston Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

October 2005

Twelfth National Conference “Building Bridges: Linking Past, Present, and Future
Chicago, IL: Northwestern University

October 2006

13th National Conference “Medicine: A Call to Service
Washington DC Metro Area at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

October 2007

14th National Conference “Bridging Cultures, Taking Action
UCSF and Stanford University

October 2008

15th National Conference “Building ONE Community
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

October 2009

16th National Conference “Transforming Medicine: A Challenge for Future Leaders
Los Angeles, CA: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, co-hosted by Western University of Medical Sciences and Keck School of Medicine of USC

October 2010

17th National Conference “Navigating Medicine’s Next Frontier
Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine

October 2011

18th National Conference “Prescription for Change: Act Now
Stanford, CA: Stanford University School of Medicine

September 2012

19th National Conference “Connect the Dots, Make Your Mark: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan School of Medicine