Participate in APAMSA’s first resolution cycle!

AUTHOR: JUSTIN NGUYEN
TOURO UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
resolutions@apamsa.org

PUBLISHED BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

Participate in APAMSA's first resolution cycle! Resolutions are member-initiated policy statements that, if supported by a majority of national membership, would be adopted as official APAMSA policy. This would make it easier for APAMSA to act quickly on issues affecting our communities, including immigration, mental health, and language barriers in health care.

Resolutions can be viewed in the link below. Any APAMSA member can submit testimony in support or opposition to a resolution from now through March 31. You can also view other people's testimonies here.

APAMSA Resolutions - Spring 2018

Resolution Testimony Submission Form

 

New Chapter Update: UC Riverside

BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

Members of the UC Riverside School of Medicine Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) volunteered at the annual Reach Out Community Health Fair in Jurupa Valley on Saturday, October 14th. Over 80 patients were screened at the health fair, most of whom did not have health insurance. The patient population was primarily from minority groups. The medical students worked alongside physicians from Riverside University Health System and we assisted in taking patient histories and conducting physical exams. Services provided at the health fair included screening for blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels, physical exams, health insurance enrollment, and referrals to follow-up services.

 

APAMSA Signs AAMC Letter Urging Congress to Protect DACA Students

BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

APAMSA is proud to be a signatory on the recent AAMC letter to Congressional leaders on DACA legislation. Back in September, our National Board voted unanimously to support a similar statement from the AAMC to legislators. Once again, APAMSA is dedicated to its core values in achieving health equity.

Our members and leaders have voiced time and time again that we at APAMSA stand in solidarity with DACA students and their pursuit of education. We know that this will be a topic of discussion in the new year and we hope we will be heard at the national level.

Click to download the AAMC letter.

 

Register for the APAMSA Region 3 Conference: Medicine in Motion – Promoting Progress in APIA Communities

BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

Are you interested in learning more about the issues affecting minority communities and how to address them at the Regional III Conference? If so, please sign up for the event at http://apamsa3conference.strikingly.com/. Registration closes on January 10th 11:59PM. 

A message from the Region 3 Regional Directors about the Region III Conference:

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), UMSOM APAMSA Chapter, and JHUSOM APAMSA Chapter cordially invite you to the 2018 Region III Conference held this year at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Our theme for this year’s conference is “Medicine in Motion: Promoting Progress in APIA Communities." As future healthcare providers, we hold a special responsibility to care for the health of our patients and advocate for the communities in which they live. Through our conference, we hope to provide an integrative educational experience for students on diverse issues affecting minority communities and how we can use a medical perspective to acknowledge and address them.

A special thanks to the amazing group of speakers that have taken the time to attend our conference. It is our privilege to hear these leaders from the medical profession, public health services, and APIA community, share their wisdom with us today. They will cover a wide variety of topics, all of which are relevant to local APIA communities and patients. It is our hope that the information presented will help you engage patients in your future careers and practice the best medicine possible for the betterment of the community.

Lastly, this conference is open to everyone! APAMSA is an inclusive organization, so we encourage anyone and everyone to attend. Whether you are a medical, public health, pharmacy, dental or pre-health student, an APAMSA member, a member of the community, etc.--WELCOME! We can’t wait for you to join us in discussing key topics in the APIA community and to network with people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you on January 20!

Sincerely,

Vivian Nguyen, Vivien Xie, Ji Ae Yoon, George Zhang 

2017-2018 Region 3 Regional Directors

 

Exciting Opportunity! – Apply for Hepatitis B/C Conference Director or Committee!

BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

The APAMSA National Board is very excited to announce an exciting opportunity that we wanted to share with you all.

We are currently looking for amazing, excited folks to take on the fantastic leadership roles of Hepatitis B/C Conference Director and Hepatitis B/C Conference Committee Members. Specifically we are looking for:
1. 2-3 HepB/C Conference Co-Directors
2. ~10 HepB/C Conference Committee Members

We have included information about both types of positions as well as the application links below.

Please consider applying if you are at all interested or passionate about the issues of Hepatitis B/C in the API community! We are more than happy to answer your questions concerning the specifics of the roles!
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Conference Director(s)
The Conference Director(s) plays the critical role of planning, orchestrating, and executing the logistics of the Hepatitis B/C Conference. The Director(s) will ideally be skilled in managerial organization (keeping detailed spreadsheets and timelines in check, keeping members on track, being able to address issues quickly, etc).
Time Commitment: 8-10 hours of service per week, with a large portion being in the 3 months before the conference (time commitment may increase during this period).

We are looking for 2-3 Directors for the upcoming year.

Please let us know if you would be interested by filling out this form below! Deadline: December 20th, 2017, 11:59pm PST

Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfq1ATK6ah5WYsiQduFSiOS6hqW7nvRqHrfJQYTsxcSSlPtbQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

HepB/C Committee Members:
Conference committee members play an important role in grant writing, conference planning, and coordinating with vendors (hotels, etc.), conference attendees, and speakers. Much of our work is done via e-mail (distributing grants to students, organizing hotel housing, etc.)
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours of service, with a large portion being in the 3 weeks before the conference

1- Able to volunteer 15-20 hours of work
2- Will make every effort to attend Hepatitis Conference (Committee members get priority for travel grants and housing) and arrive on the evening of October 20th
3- Will carry out tasks only as directed and make good effort to accomplish tasks by the set deadline
4- Will communicate with committee members and ask for help if they are unable to carry out tasks in a timely manner
5- Able to go with the flow, respond to requests for assistance as they arise
6- Represent National APAMSA Hepatitis Conference Committee in a professional manner (re: introducing speakers, communicating with speakers, and all attendees)

Please fill out this application form by December 20th, 2017, 11:59pm PST!

Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7cS40VZKIWbw7Wi0YWDaxRyU1NghrhhrZ7vg341Bl-Q4miA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you all so much, and we look forward to seeing your application! 🙂

Meet the 2017-2018 National Board & Regional Board!

BY: SOPHIE ZHAO
NATIONAL NETWORK DIRECTOR
network@apamsa.org

We are pleased to introduce the 2017-2018 National Board & Regional Board of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association! We look forward to serving all AAPI communities. Additional information about each National and Regional board member can be found on the National Board page and the Regional Directors page, respectively.

Executive Board:
President– Ruey Hu (Vanderbilt)
External Vice President– Junne Park (MCW)
Internal Vice President– Robert Fu (Emory)
Health Affairs Director– Jane Wang (Hopkins)
Strategy Director– Alex Choy (Einstein)
Executive Advocacy Director– James Interjec Ting (Hopkins)
Membership Directors– Fei Woo (MCW), Jaclyn Laurent (Stony Brook)

Health Affairs Branch:
Bone Marrow Director– Karen Bach (UCLA graduate)
Cancer Initiatives Director– Lucy Seung Mi Oh (Einstein)
Community Outreach Initiatives Director– Rochelle Wong (Vanderbilt)
Global Health Director– Juwee Vorawandthanachai (Einstein)
Hepatitis B/C Director– JT Wen (Vanderbilt)
Mental Health Initiative Director– Kate Xie (Vanderbilt)
Hepatitis B/C Conference Director– appointed separately

Communications Branch:
Network Director– Sophie Zhao (Vanderbilt)
Senior Editor– Purnima Gurung (California Northstate)
Junior Editor– Aprille Banchoencharoensuk (Rosalind Franklin)
Social Media Director– Linh Vu (UCI graduate)

Strategy Branch:
Academic Education Director– Amareen Dhaliwal (Boston University)
Research Director– Jiun Yiing Hu (Maryland)
Alumni Liaison– Emilee Tu (Einstein)
Pre-Med Directors– Bianca Ho (Einstein), Anderson Nguyen (UCI)
Database Director– Stephanie Kwan (UCSF)

Advocacy Branch:
Health Advocacy Director– Katarina Nguyen (Wisconsin)
AAPI Advocacy Directr– Jennifer Qin (Hopkins)
Diversity Director– Janki Patel (Einstein)
Resolutions Director– Justin Nguyễn (Touro California)
Rapid Response Director– Bright Zhao (Stanford)

Finance Branch–
Sponsorship Directors– Christina Lin (Rush), Jason Park (Boston University)
National Conference Chairs– Leaders from Washington University in St. Louis/St. Louis University

=== Regional Board ===
Region I– Jacqueline Vuong (Boston), Catherine Zhu (Boston)
Region II– Justin Chin (Touro NY), Angie Cai (NJMS), Justin Song (Einstein)
Region III– Vivian Nguyen (Hopkins), George Zhang (Hopkins), Ji Ae Yoon (Maryland), Vivien Xie (Maryland)
Region IV– Ray Zhou (Vanderbilt), Jay Kang (Vanderbilt), Chenchen Feng (Tulane)
Region V– My Phuong Tong (Michigan State), Katie Nguyen (Michigan State)
Region VI– Clara Kao (Wash U), Jen Juju Huynh (Rosalind Franklin)
Region VII– Ellison Chen (USC), Minica Long (USC)
Region VIII– Kimberly M Ngô (UC Davis), Laura Duong (UC Davis), Kryls Domalaon (UC Davis)