Asian Pacific American
Medical Student Association

Dear APAMSA,

Since the release of our statement about anti-Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) violence last week, our communities have rallied across the country. Volunteers have organized to keep our people safe. Colleagues and loved ones have stood with us in solidarity.

We are grateful in particular for the allyship of the following peer organizations, who join us in condemning racism against APIA communities:

  • Student National Medical Association

  • Medical Students Pride Alliance

  • Students of Osteopathic Medicine Association

  • American Medical Student Association

Unfortunately, the violence continues, sometimes far too close to home: on February 15th, an Asian American medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai was assaulted and robbed after being called “Chinese virus.”

Physical violence is only one of the manifestations of racism that APIA medical students and professionals–like many members of the APIA community–have had to endure throughout this pandemic. APAMSA urges our institutions of learning to recognize the trauma facing their APIA trainees, and, more importantly, to respond with the following actions:

  1. Academic accommodations and psychological support

  2. Inclusion of APIA issues in curricula

  3. Anti-racist policies that protect APIA students and all students who are marginalized by our current systems of health and safety

We encourage you to join us in our upcoming National APAMSA Town Hall addressing recent current events related to anti-Asian racism. Topics of discussion include the consequential effects on Asian American medical students and our communities. This forum is to gather your feedback/suggestions for National APAMSA's support and to allow members to express their ideas and thoughts.


In solidarity,

Your National APAMSA Board

"We invite you to be a part of the change!"

Yingfei Wu
President
Donna Tran
Interim President

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you are able to learn more about what we do in APAMSA and feel motivated to join us in our initiatives.

Since 1995, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association has been advocating for the health of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in our country. Our efforts are focused on advocacy, community outreach, research initiatives, chronic hepatitis B/C, bone marrow registry, mental health, cancer initiatives, and cross-cultural and cross-linguistic barriers to care. We are also expanding our relationships with alumni/physicians, pre-graduate and allied health students, and partnering student organizations.

As the only student organization focusing on AAPI health issues in our community, our members are passionate and fiercely dedicated to serving others. All too often, AAPI issues are left out of the picture — even when it comes to conversations about diversity. This does not have to be the case. We invite you to be a part of the change! At the pre-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate level, you are welcome to:

  • Join us and learn more at our annual Hepatitis Conference, annual National Conference, or any of our annual Regional Conferences
  • Take up leadership at your chapter or beyond
  • Participate in the conversation about mental health
  • Make use of Medical Mandarin and health screening resources for your event
  • Start a new chapter
  • Get in touch with our alumni to arrange for mentorship opportunities
  • Participate in writing our national Resolutions to advocate for AAPI rights
  • Follow us on Facebook to stay updated with our events and connect with others
  • Read our newsletters for members only opportunities you can participate in

Thank you for your time and commitment to our cause!

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