MCW Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association named Chapter of the Year for third time
Oct. 7, 2016 MCW News - The MCW chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) was awarded “Chapter of the Year” out of 87 active national chapters. This is the third year the MCW chapter received these honors.
The MCW APAMSA chapter received the award, in part, because of its 300+ hours of community service last year and its efforts with Milwaukee’s Hmong community. Dr. B Li, professor of pediatrics (gastroenterology) and national founder of APAMSA, Dr. Clarence Chou, and Dr. Andy Hsu, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, are the chapter advisors.
APAMSA is a national organization that aims to address issues important to Asian-American medical students. APAMSA works to bring together Asian Americans and others interested in the health issues that affect Asian Americans to build a strong, collective, public and political voice. They are interested in both directly promoting the health and well-being of the Asian community as well as in helping all health care workers who work with these communities understand how to care for patients of Asian descent in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important forum for APA medical students to meet, exchange information and experiences and develop personally and professionally.
According to Jiyoon Park, co-president of MCW’s chapter, some of the projects that the MCW APAMSA chapter was involved with this past year include:
- Radio Show on Hmong ABC Milwaukee Radio by Vachinzong Lor
- Hmong Health Education Project with the Hmong American Peace Academy
- Hmong Health Screening at the Pai Phongsavan Market
- Hmong Health Conference
- Neighborhood House Health Fair
- Bone Marrow Drive
- Hepatitis B Project
- Pre-Med Mock Interview
- Diversity Specialties Dinner