Asian American Medical Student Association National Conference Attracts over 400 Attendees
Bethesda, MD – The University Services University of Health
Sciences, the nation’s only federal medical school designed to educate
physicians for the armed forces, hosted APAMSA’s 13th
annual national conference on October 6th – 8th. More than 400 medical students, pre-medical
students, and physicians attended this year’s conference.
theme of this year’s conference, “Medicine: A Call to Service,” reflects the rapidly evolving
field of medicine and the increasingly diverse role of physicians. The
conference offered numerous workshops, distinguished speakers, experts on Asian
Pacific American health and a unique opportunity for students to network and
learn from each other.
keynote speaker, Dr. Connie Mariano, M.D., was the first military woman in
American history to be appointed White House Physician. In 1992, she was
nominated by the Navy and selected by the White House for this honor. In 1994,
Dr. Mariano was named Director of the White House Medical Unit and chosen by
President Clinton to serve as his personal physician. Dr. Mariano served nine
years in the White House where she was the physician to three sitting American
Presidents. Besides speaking about her unique experiences as the White House
Physician, Dr. Mariano relayed to students her advice and insights into what it
meant to be an Asian Pacific American in
the medical field.
conference showcased 18 workshops and presentations covering public health
topics and pressing issues concerning the Asian Pacific American community.
Some of the topics included Hep B in the Asian
American communities, challenges facing multicultural families, international
adoption pediatrics, domestic violence in the Asian
American community, HIV/AIDS in Asian Pacific American Communities, stereotypes
and educational profiling of Asian American students and cultural competency
and diversity in medicine. Practical hands-on workshops such as suturing,
acupuncture, pregnant patient simulator and Ayurvedic
medicine were offered as well.
featured was a health policy debate between two former Asian American White
House Fellows who are currently practicing physicians. Dr. Erwin Tan, MD, and Dr. Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, shared their opposing viewpoints on the
roles APAMSA can play in health policy and social justice.
Charles Beadling, a nationally recognized expert in
military and emergency medicine, used a combination of oral presentation and
simulated interactions with casualty patients to demonstrate the medicine
involved in mass casualties and triage basics.
is the only national medical student organization, representing nearly 15,000
medical students nationwide, dedicated to improving the health and well-being
of the Asian Pacific American community. To learn more about APAMSA, please
visit us at http://www.apamsa.org.
#1. An eclectic mixture of medical students from all over posing for a
picture at the closing banquet.
#2. Kathy Lee (APAMSA National
President), Dr. Mariano M.D. (past white house physician), and Tony Wang
(APAMSA National Membership Vice President).
#3. Participants at the orientation on
the first day of the conference. Dean Larry Laughlin (of the Uniformed
Services University of Health Sciences) gave the opening remarks.