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APAMSA was first started in 1993 by a group of Asian American medical students who wished to provide a forum for the discussion and promotion of Asian health issues. The first national APAMSA conference was held two years later in 1995, and today APAMSA has over 100 chapters throughout the world. In 2003, the APAMSA chapter of the University of South Florida College of Medicine was formed. Our goals are to raise awareness of Asian Pacific health issues in the medical community and in Asian Pacific Islander communities of the Tampa Bay area. Some of the activities that we will be undertaking this year can be found under our "News/Events" page. Also, check out our interactive map under "Links" for further information on health and general Asian issues.
2010 APAMSA National Conference
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland School of Medicine is proud to host the 17th APAMSA National Conference. This year's conference, entitled Navigating Medicine's Next Frontier will be held from October 15-17, 2010 in Baltimore, MD.

With over 15,000 members from across the country, APAMSA is the nation's only organization specifically representing East and South Asian American medical students. This year's annual national conference seeks to address often neglected issues pertinent to the health and well-being of Asian Pacific Islander, API, communities including cultural awareness, advocacy and policy, health care access, establishing community clinics, domestic violence, mental health, hepatitis B, and bone marrow typing. The conference gives our members the opportunity to engage in dialogue with health professionals working on API health issues and equips these future leaders of medicine with the tools they need to meet the health needs of the API community.

Conference Website: http://www.apamsa.org/2010conference

Support the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2009 (H.R. 3974)!

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). One-third of the world population has been infected with HBV. About 1 in 10 Asian Americans and Asian and Pacific Islanders worldwide have chronic hepatitis B, but it is a silent disease because most people with chronic hepatitis B do not know that they have been infected. 1 in 4 people with chronic hepatitis B will die from liver cancer or liver failure. Thus, effective education, screening, and vaccination are necessary to stop this silent hepatitis B epidemic. To learn more about hepatitis B, the bill, and what you can do, please visit: http://hsc.usf.edu/medstud/apamsa/hepatitis.html.

Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2009 (HR 3974) would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish, promote, and support a comprehensive prevention, research, and medical management referral program for chronic hepatitis B and C. This act will increase education for patients and health care providers, access to hepatitis testing and liver cancer screening, the ability of health departments to detect outbreaks, and supporting viral hepatitis prevention and education programs across the U.S. To read the bill, please visit: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-3974.

2011 Region IV APAMSA Conference
More information to come! Please check back soon for details about the upcoming region IV conference.

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