The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) recently received an award for chapter of the year for community advocacy work at APAMSA’s national conference at the New York University School of Medicine.
Every year, MCW APASMA conducts numerous events to serve the local Asian American population in Milwaukee. These events include assisting with the Hmong New Year health screenings and monthly health screenings at the Phongsavan market, exhibiting at the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee Health Fair, appearances on Hmong radio and Hmong Nyob Zoo TV, conducting the Hmong Health Education Program and coaching students with pre-med mock interviews.
APAMSA is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. This organization also provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.
Additionally, APAMSA conducts events for MCW to promote its mission, including: conscious conversations, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) cultural awareness fair, diversity specialties dinner, bone marrow drives and API health disparities lunch discussions.
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With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin in. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than $2.8 million patients annually.