for coming to our 2021 Virtual Annual National Conference!

2020 has truly been a year of Change-- from planning an in-person conference at UCSF to going completely virtual, the National Conference has been an undeniably unique experience. With over 550 attendee registrations, our conference connected hundreds of passionate Asian American medical students, physicians/residents, healthcare professionals, pre-health students, and community members. Without you, our attendees, and APAMSA Directors, the National Conference would not have happened at all. Again, we thank everyone so much from the bottom of hearts.

We opened with our keynote speakers, Dr. Helen Chu and Dr. Leana Wen, who enchanted our audience with their personal experiences and genuine advice for the next generation of future Asian American physicians. The day continued with multiple workshops, such as Mental Health Illness in Asian Americans with Dr. Francis Lu, Dr. Descartes Li, Dr. Hendry Ton and Finding Your Voice as an Asian American Medical Professional with Dr. Sean Wu, that focused on the critical need for Asian American leadership in tackling health disparities. And as we are trying to find our APIA identity and solidarity, Dr. Alok Patel’s workshop, Media As Your Public Health Megaphone, and Dr. Monica Hahn and Dr. Michelle Lough’s workshop, Practicing Anti-Racism, emphasized how the medical community interacts with the public and echoed sentiments of tackling social justice issues. Although this is a short, limited recap, we are eternally grateful for all of our speakers and panelists who made the effort to impart their wisdom to our attendees.

Our highlights of the Research Poster Presentations, Big/Lil Meetup, Mentoring Mixer, etc. gathered us together to celebrate scientific breakthroughs and enjoy each other’s company. Check out all our wonderful research posters on our website link (click the Research tab). The Alumni and Pre-Medical Programming served to connect our residents and physicians and future medical student colleagues. The Alumni Anti-Racism Talk explored the importance of our duty as physicians to actively combat racism in our practice and daily lives. Pre-medical students learned how to open their own APAMSA Chapters and how to ace their medical school applications and interviews.

Lastly, the Annual Elections, Raffle, and Social ended the National Conference in a wholesome way by bringing us together one last time. Congratulations to all the chapters and individuals who were acknowledged for their commitment and passion. Enjoy the APAMSA Chapter Awards Video link and Senior Service Award Video link (videos made by Linh Vu). The full list of awardees and our new APAMSA National Board are below. Thank you again to all of you, our attendees and our APAMSA National Conference Directors, National Board, and UCSF Chapter. Although we miss the National Conference already, we are looking forward to the next time we will all meet again in 2022 and hopefully in-person.
Till then, please stay safe, healthy, and happy and keep on being Agents of Change.

Lastly, the Annual Elections, Raffle, and Social ended the National Conference in a wholesome way by bringing us

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Chapter Awards (Youtube link)

  • BEST CHAPTER IN COMMUNITY SERVICE: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • BEST CHAPTER IN EDUCATION: David Geffen School of Medicine

  • BEST CHAPTER IN SOCIAL & CULTURAL EVENTS: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth



  • BEST CHAPTER IN BONE MARROW OUTREACH: University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

  • BEST CHAPTER IN MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • BEST CHAPTER IN MENTORSHIP: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

  • BEST CHAPTER IN FUNDRAISING: University of Michigan Medical School

  • BEST CHAPTER IN COVID19/VIRTUAL EVENTS: Tulane University School of Medicine

  • PRE-MED CHAPTERS OF THE YEAR: University of Tucson Pre-Health and Ohio State University Pre-Med

  • NEW CHAPTER OF THE YEAR: John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i

  • CHAPTER OF THE YEAR: Medical College of Wisconsin

  • REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR: Regional Conference 1, 2, and 3

  • REGIONAL DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR: Tiffany Cheng and Nicole Ng

  • NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Rodan Mecano and Madeleine Wong

Research Awards

Please check out all our research posters below:

Basic & Applied Science Posters link

Clinical Cases Posters link

Community Health Posters link

Oral Presentations

  • Basic & Applied Science - Jamie Abad, Tayeb Abbas, Andrew Kim, Hao To - Omega-3 and Omega-6 Dietary Intake and Incidence of Prostate and Breast Cancer amongst Asian Subgroups

  • Clinical Cases - Nahee Park - Impact of BMI in predicting Atrial Fibrillation Trends and Recovery

  • Community Health - Phillip Yang - Betel nut availability and knowledge among South Asians and Southeast Asians in San Antonio

General Session Posters

  • Basic & Applied Science - Karen Bach - A Metadata Analysis of Brain Microbiome Across Different Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Clinical Cases - Anan Lu - Anorectal but not colonic physiology differs between constipated children with and without fecal incontinence

  • Clinical Cases - Tri Tran - Identifying the various risk factors for recurrent ectopic pregnancy

  • Community Health - Yoonhee P. Ha - The Vot-ER Democracy Campaign: A National, Non-Partisan, and Behavioral Insights-Informed Voter Registration Competition Led By Medical Students Prior to November 2020 U.S. Elections

Senior Service Awards (Youtube link)

  • George Nguyen

  • Yingfei Wu

  • Linh Vu

APAMSA Leadership 2021 - 2022

Executive Board

President Elect/President: Donna Tran (MSU CHM)

External Affairs VP: Tiffany Cheng (USF)

Communications VP: Madeleine Wong (NYMC)

Health Affairs VP: John Yuen (Stony Brook)

Advocacy VP: Leena Yin (UCSF)

Diversity VP: Rodan Mecano (MSU COM)

Strategy VP: Cyrus Zhou (WashU)

Membership VP (3): Sai Mupparaju (SKMC), Jonathan Weng (NYU), Rachel Chang (Vanderbilt)

External Affairs Branch

Sponsorship Director (2): Michael Phan (UTMB), Laureen Chan (SUNY Downstate)

Fundraising Director: TBA

National Conference Director (3-5): TBA

Communications Branch

Network Director: TBA

Social Media Director: Victoria Cegielski (UMKC)

Newsletter Director: Arlene Ho (WMU)

Announcements Director: TBA

Database Director: TBA

Health Affairs Branch

Community Outreach Director: Shannon Chen (SUNY Downstate)

Cancer Initiatives Director: James Zheng (UCSF)

Bone Marrow Director : Justin Jiang (OSU)

Mental Health Director: Nathan Pan-Doh (JHU)

Hepatitis B/C Director (3): Karen Bach (OSU), Bonnie Nguyen (LECOM), Vivian Lou (Stanford)

Advocacy Branch

Health Advocacy Director: Grant Wen (JHU)

AAPI Advocacy Director: Jay Kang (Vanderbilt)

Rapid Response Director: Daniel Pham (U Oklahoma)

Resolutions Director: Annie Yao (U Connecticut)

Peer Organizations Liaison: Emilee Tu (Albert Einstein)

Diversity Branch

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Director: Eun Ah Cho (AT Still)

South Asian Director: Syeda Akila Ali (UIC)

Southeast Asian Director: Vi Lam (PCOM)

LGBTQ+ Director: Kevin Su (SKMC)

Strategy Branch

Alumni Director (2): Onyoo Park (NYU, Jerry Cui (OSU)

Academic Education and Research Director: Nicole Ng (VCU)

Pre-Health Director (2): Diane Wei (U Toledo), Chiara Macaraig (MSU COM)

Membership Branch

Region I Director (2): TBD

Region II Director (4): Michelle Tran (Mount Sinai)

Region III Director (3): Tracy Gao (SKMC)

Region IV Director (3): Andy Lai (SGU), Rod Carlo Columbres (William Carey) Aliasgher Ezzi (FIU)

Region V Director (3): Crystal An (Case Western), Derek Shu (U Cincinnati), Joanna Chen (U Toledo)

Region VI Director (3): TBD

Region VII Director (4): Kevin Mai (WesternU), Avery Zhou (UNLV), Paul Nguyen (U Arizona)

Region VIII Director (3): Rachel David (OHSU), Joyce Kim (OHSU), Brandon Yan (UCSF)

Region IX Director (2): Kayla Nguyen (UTMB), Althea Alquitran (Tulane)