Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)


아시안 의대생 협회 (아팸사)


Hiệp hội sinh viên y khoa người Mỹ Châu Á - Thái Bình Dương

एशियाई प्रशांत अमेरिकी मेडिकल स्टुडेंट एसोसिएशन

Asosiasi Mahasiswa Kodekteran se-Asia Pasifik Amerika Serikat
FounderDr. B Ulysses K. Li Dr. Jhemon Lee
TypeStudent-governed organization
Official language
National President
Joyce Lee
AffiliationsNational Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), founded in 1995, is the largest medical organization in the USA representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) medical and pre-medical students and physicians. APAMSA is a student-governed and national organization that promotes awareness and advocacy of issues affecting the AANHPI community. They have over 4,500 active medical students, pre-medical students, interns, medical residents, and practicing physicians.

APAMSA hosts an annual National Conference, annual National Hepatitis Conference, and multiple Regional Conferences. The 2023 National Conference was hosted at Oregon Health & Sciences University on March 3 - 5.

Currently, APAMSA has over 160 local chapters at different medical schools and college campuses in the United States.

Previous work[edit]

Disparities in Medical Education: In 2007, APAMSA conducted a national study to reveal racial and ethnic disparities in medical school grades during clinical years.[1] The study demonstrated that minorities receive lower grades than white medical students. This study served to show the possibility that cultural factors may play a role in medical school grades during clinical years. In 2009, APAMSA followed up with a second study to examine medical student communication styles.[2] The study concluded that there were differences in student communication styles and feedback based on demographic differences suggesting a need for cultural competency training for both medical student and teacher.

Bone Marrow Drive: During the Presidential Inaugural Committee's National Day of Service, APAMSA helped organize the Gift of Hope, Gift of Unity Marrow Drives in Washington DC and in California with Yul Kwon and the national bone marrow programs: NMDP, AADP (Asian American Donor Program),[3] A3M, and SAMAR.[4] In 2009, APAMSA also launched the 1000 CRANES for HOPE Campaign to register at least 1000 minorities onto the National Bone Marrow Registry.[5]

Hepatitis B: Since 2006, APAMSA has contributed to help raise awareness about Hepatitis B and liver disease in the APA community by Hepatitis B, APAMSA Fights to Break the Hepatitis B Cycle.[6] This campaign brought together a national cross section of medical students and physicians dedicated to ending the epidemic of hepatitis B in APA community, and the launching of several local hepatitis B education and screening programs across the United States.[7]

Japan Tsunami Relief: In 2011 in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, APAMSA chapters throughout the United States raised a combined total of over $11,000 which was ultimately donated to aid the recovery effort in Japan. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine was recognized as the top fundraiser in the effort as they raised a total of $6508.32.

AllofUs Research Initiative: In 2018, APAMSA was chosen as one of only two national AANHPI-serving organization partners in the Asian Engagement and Recruitment Core (ARC) for the All of Us Research Program (AoURP). With the assistance of the ARC, students and community members were enrolled at local health fairs and community events to be a part of the program and increase AANHPI representation in the AoURP for future clinical trials and biomedical research.

Current National Initiatives[edit]

  • Hepatitis B and C Initiative and Conference
  • Community Outreach Initiative
  • Bone Marrow Initiative
  • Cancer Initiative
  • Research Initiative
  • Academic Education Initiative
  • Professional Development and Leadership Initiative
  • Premedical Students Initiative
  • Diversity Initiatives (South Asian, Southeast Asian, LGBTQIA+, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Women in Medicine)
  • Alumni Initiative
  • Medical Education Initiative
  • Health Policy and Advocacy Initiative


APAMSA officially started in 1995 by Dr. B Li and his colleagues with the first National Conference after they were worried about the future of APA medical students and communities. Since then, APAMSA has grown to include many National Programs including the Hepatitis B education and immunization project and the Bone Marrow Donation project.

As an organization based on health care, APAMSA has also held a prominent role in speaking out for smoking and tobacco use targeting the Asian community, for irresponsible alcohol use, for immunization and for health standards addressing needs of the medically underserved. So far efforts have been met with great success as smoking and alcohol consumption, along with related chronic illnesses, have been on the rise in Asian youth since 2003.

National conferences[edit]

Initially, National Conference was a one-day event, usually held on a Saturday. Occasionally, there has been expansion to 2–3 days with additional pre-conference activities the Friday afternoon/night before (Pre-Med Day, Anti-Racism Workshop) or the following Sunday (closed National Board transition orientation).

At the 26th National Conference (2019), the first "Alumni Day" was held with good turn out from local physicians and healthy discussion on how to best support the next generation of Asian American health professionals. In 2024, APAMSA will celebrate its 30th Annual National Conference.

Historical national conferences[edit]

# Year Month Title City Organized by Website
4 2023 Mar RENEWAL : Out of the Flames, Into the Future Portland, OR Oregon Health and Sciences University
8 2022 Jan ROOTS: Preserving Our History and Cultivating a Brighter Future Columbus, OH The Ohio State University
27 2021 Jan Agents of CHΔNGE: Celebrating Resilience, Addressing Inequities, and Marching Forward Virtual UCSF
26 2019 Oct The Land of Opportunity: Breaking the Barriers in APIA Healthcare New York New York University, Touro COM NY
25 2018 Oct The Plurality of Others St Louis WashU, SLU
24 2017 Oct Caring for Communities Los Angeles UCLA
23 2016 Oct Promoting Wellness from Within Chicago Rush, Pritzker
22 2015 Sep Intersections in Healthcare Irvine UCI
21 2014 Sep Remedies for Disparities Las Vegas Touro Nevada
20 2013 Oct Breaking the Silence in APIA Health New York Columbia, Einstein, Sinai
19 2012 Sep Connect the Dots, Make Your Mark: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medicine Ann Arbor UMich
18 2011 Oct Prescription for Change: Act Now Stanford Stanford
17 2010 Oct Navigating Medicine's Next Frontier Baltimore Hopkins, UMaryland
16 2009 Oct Transforming Medicine: A Challenge for Future Leaders Los Angeles UCLA, Western, USC
15 2008 Oct Building ONE Community Philadelphia UPenn
14 2007 Oct Bridging Cultures, Taking Action San Francisco UCSF, Stanford
13 2006 Oct Medicine: A Call to Service Washington DC Uniformed Services UHS
12 2005 Oct Building Bridges: Linking Past, Present, and Future Chicago Northwestern
11 2004 Oct Leading by Example Houston UT Houston, Baylor, UTHSC San Antonio
10 2003 Nov Changing the Face of Medicine Washington DC Georgetown, GWU, Hopkins
9 2002 Oct Our Culture, Our Health St Louis WashU, UMKC
8 2001 Oct Forging into the Next Millennium: Commitment to API Service New York NYU, Einstein
7 2000 Oct Ancient Traditions, New Frontiers Los Angeles USC, Stanford
6 1999 Nov ? San Francisco UC Davis
5 1998 Nov ? Chicago Northwestern, UIC, Finch, Pritzker
4 1997 Oct ? Columbus OSU
3 1996 Oct APA Leaders: Forging Ties for a Stronger Tomorrow Boston Harvard
2 1995 Oct Strength Through Unity Philadelphia MCPH, Temple, Jefferson, UPenn
1 1995 Jan (1st National Conference) Reflections on Self and Community New York Columbia, Cornell, Einstein, SUNY Brooklyn, Mt Sinai, NYU
1995 Jan National APAMSA incorporated New York Columbia, Cornell, Einstein, SUNY Brooklyn, Mt Sinai, NYU
1994 Oct AAMSNet launches Columbus OSU
1994 Oct White House Briefing on Health Care Reform Washington DC Delegates from Harvard, Tufts, NYU
1994 Oct A New Voice Boston Harvard
1994 Apr Asian American Caucus at AMSA Washington DC CWRU, Stanford
1993 Oct Asian American Family Health: Needs and Networks Columbus OSU
1993 Oct Breaking the Silence Boston Harvard
1993 Apr Asian American Caucus at AMSA Miami WI (?)
1993 Jan A Call for Community Involvement New York NYU

Historical national presidents[edit]

Academic Year President
2023-2024 Joyce Lee (MCW)
2022-2023 Donna Tran (MSU CHM/Hopkins)
2021-2022 Donna Tran (MSU CHM/Hopkins)
2019-2021 Yingfei Wu (MCW/Hopkins), Interim President Donna Tran (MSU CHM/Hopkins)
2018-2019 Yingfei Wu (MCW/Hopkins)
2017-2018 Ruey Hu (Vanderbilt/Hopkins), Interim Leader Yingfei Wu (MCW/Hopkins)
2016-2017 Ruey Hu (Vanderbilt/Hopkins)
2015-2016 Kevin Riutzel (Touro Nevada COM)
2014-2015 Kevin Riutzel (Touro Nevada COM)
2013-2014 Kevin Riutzel (Touro Nevada COM)
2012-2013 Tracy Wang (Hopkins)
2011-2012 Jason Chen (Vanderbilt)
2010-2011 Lynne Chang (UCLA), now Lynne Wu
2009-2010 Sam Li (UT Houston)
2008-2009 Shelly Choo (Hopkins)
2007-2008 Grace Wang (Hopkins)
2006-2007 Kathy Lee (WashU)
2005-2006 Kathy Lee (WashU)
2004-2005 Rishi Agrawal (UT Houston)
2003-2004 Lisa Tseng (UCLA)
2002-2003 Celeste Chu (Wash U St Louis)
2001-2002 Sunny Ramchandani (Yale/Harvard)
2001 Vivienne Hau (Univ of Arizona)
2000-2001 Chris Tsai (Columbia)
1999-2000 Bena Teo (UIC)
1998-1999 Albert Hsu (Einstein)
1997-1998 David Wong (OSU)
1996-1997 Sean Wu (Duke)
1995-1996 Lawrence Cheung (Columbia)
1995 Anu Gupta (Yale)


  1. ^ Lee, Katherine B.; Vaishnavi, Sanjeev N.; Lau, Steven K. M.; Andriole, Dorothy A.; Jeffe, Donna B. (October 1, 2007). ""Making the grade:" noncognitive predictors of medical students' clinical clerkship grades". Journal of the National Medical Association. 99 (10): 1138–1150. ISSN 0027-9684. PMC 2574397. PMID 17987918.
  2. ^ Lee, Katherine B.; Vaishnavi, Sanjeev N.; Lau, Steven K. M.; Andriole, Dorothy A.; Jeffe, Donna B. (February 1, 2009). "Cultural competency in medical education: demographic differences associated with medical student communication styles and clinical clerkship feedback". Journal of the National Medical Association. 101 (2): 116–126. doi:10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30823-3. ISSN 0027-9684. PMID 19378627.
  3. ^ "Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) - Student Government - The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix". Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Beh, Eugenia (January 27, 2009). "The Gift of Hope: 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee's National Day of Service". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Ong, Elena (February 8, 2009). "HOPE. APAMSA Launches "1,000 Cranes for Hope"". American Chronicle. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "APAMSA Fights to Break the Cycle of Hepatitis B". Hepatitis B Foundation. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Williams, Diane Duke (July 19, 2007). "Spoken Word Piece Calls Attention to Hepatitis B". Record. Washington University in St. Louis. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008.

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