• APAMSA Region VI 2017 Conference

    Medical College of Wisconsin

    February 4th, 2017


    We would like to welcome everyone to the Region VI (North Central) annual conference held on February 4th, 2017 at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With this year's conference theme, "Changing Perspectives: Patient and Provider Priorities," we will explore Asian cultural attitudes towards medicine, including preventative and complementary medicine. We will also discuss responsibilities of the physician, involving the advocacy and outreach of our 'model minority' or AAPI community. Through this year’s regional conference, we hope to provide knowledge on how to become vocal advocates for our community, ignite conversations between fellow healthcare professionals in training, and challenge attendees to translate this knowledge into action.


    We are excited to announce our fantastic line up of speakers who will be sharing their wisdom and experiences as AAPI leaders. During our plenary talks, we hope to discuss the unique cultural barriers and health inequities that specific AAPI communities face. In order to become effective advocates in our communities, we must be well versed on these health issues. We also hope to provide a deeper examination of these issues through breakout sessions where speakers will discuss their experiences on specific health issues.


    We also highly welcome p​re-health students and members of the community to attend and learn about issues that are crucial for the growth of the AAPI community. There will also be a pre-med panel for those interested in hearing about the process of getting into medical school and what the experience is like.​


    Join us in this great opportunity to engage in discussions with APAMSA members and those from the AAPI community throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the conference!


    Christina Lin, Elizabeth Theng, Yingfei Wu & Qiaonan Zhong
    2016-2017 Regional Directors, Region VI


    Registration by February 3rd, 2017: $10

    On-Site Registration: $15


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    2. Pay the conference fee via PayPal below

  • Social

    Join our 6:30pm tour of Lakefront Brewery and sample some famous Wisconsin beer! If you do not wish to join for the tour, you can also come to Lakefront Brewery at 7:30pm to eat and drink with us.


    21+ only.


    For more information: http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com/tour


    Attire: Business Casual


    Dr. B Li, Keynote Speaker

    Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology), Medical College of Wisconsin, Founder of national APAMSA

    Dr. B Li is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Medical Director of the Cyclic Vomiting Program at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He is a Past-President (2008-2010) of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (naspghan.org). He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University and Northwestern University (most recently). He received his A.B. degree in comparative religions at Princeton University and M.D. degree from Kansas University, and completed his residency, chief residency, and fellowships in gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previously investigated the physiology of intestinal transport of carnitine and the neuroendocrine mechanisms that mediate cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVSAonline.org). He has established a unique interdisciplinary Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) Program that evaluates national and international referrals for CVS. He has published over 140 articles, chapters and reviews.
    Outside of the hospital, he founded the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (apamsa.org) in 1995, developed diversity curriculum at Ohio State University, and served on a national advisory committee for cultural competency curriculum for the Office of Minority Health. He currently serves as a Section Editor of Pediatric Gastroenterology for Up To Date, co-edited the 2nd edition of the Pediatric GI Board Review Book, and writes a GI blog for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

    Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton

    Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice

    Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton formerly served as Deputy Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago and brings extensive academic and applied policy experience to her considerable body of work. Her experience in social justice and racial equity campaigns includes immigrant rights, criminal justice and voting rights issues. Her cross-movement work on voting rights significantly contributed to passage of landmark legislation in Illinois that expanded access to underserved communities through Same Day Registration. Kathleen has given presentations and participated on panels related to voting rights and redistricting for the IL Campaign for Political Reform, the IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Midwest Democracy Network. She also speaks to corporate Human Resource staff and leaders on Asian American diversity, that includes current issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the workplace and within society, and how to better understand how those issues influence the perception of AAPIs. Kathleen’s policy advocacy focuses on coalition and team building. Her work on voting rights demonstrates that the best advocates for policy reform are those communities that are hardest hit by the lack of accountability and transparency in our democracy. Kathleen enjoys translating “policy speak” into accessible trainings and messaging for limited-English and low-income grassroots leaders and community members. Additionally, her emphasis on team-building and leadership development helped create the longest-lasting voting rights coalition to date in Illinois - the Just Democracy coalition (2012) - that has won Online Voter Registration, Same Day Registration, and is currently preparing to move a veto override strategy to win Automatic Voter Registration that would enfranchise close to 2 million Illinois citizen residents. Dr. Yang-Clayton received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She also holds a M.S. in Natural Resource and Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and has worked as an agricultural economist for the World Bank in Sub-Saharan Africa. She serves on numerous committees and commissions for the City of Chicago, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the Institute for Translational Medicine at the University of Chicago. When not thinking about policy and political reform, Kathleen is an avid tabletop gamer and aspiring game developer.

    Dr. Xa Xiong

    Family Physician

    Dr. Xa Xiong received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology and Chemistry from Concordia University Irvine, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health—Fox Valley Family Medicine Program in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Xiong is American Board Family Medicine Board Certified and practicing as a Family Physician where he provides medical services to all ages.


    Dr. Xiong is the founder of the Dr. Xa Xiong Foundation: A Quest for Education—to inspire and empower people to achieve the highest vision in the context of life. The acronym of iLIFE is used to represent individual health, Leadership, Income, Family and Education. He is a renowned keynote speaker for various occasions ranging from community events, medical and mental health conferences and school graduation celebrations. He received immense appreciation and recognition awards from the Hmong community for exemplifying an optimum role model and improving the lives of others. In 2007, Dr. Xiong was listed as one of the five most accomplished Hmong Americans in the book The Hmong: Coming to America by Kaarin Alisa. In 2011, Dr. Xiong received the “JOURNEY OF HOPE AWARD” by Secretary Eloise Anderson from the Department of Children and Families, “for outstanding achievement by a refugee during resettlement and integration into American society”.


    Dr. Xiong is one of the co-authors of a chapter book, Ethnicity and the DementiasWorking with Hmong American Families, which provides cultural information for health care providers working with Hmong clients experiencing dementia and is the author of “The Impossible Dream: Memoirs of a Refugee Boy”. He has over two decades of experience in bridging cultural barriers within the health care system and is passionate in helping ensure people get the health care they need. Among other accolades, Dr. Xiong was honored as the 2016 Wisconsin Family Physician of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

    Dr. Kajua Lor

    Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Professor Kajua Lor, PharmD, BCACP joined the School of Pharmacy on August 1, 2016 as an Associate Professor. Previously, Dr. Lor was an Associate Professor at Touro University California College of Pharmacy in Vallejo, CA and Interim Director of Pharmacy at OLE Health a safety net clinic in Napa, CA. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. Dr. Lor is a Native Hmong speaker with proficiency in Spanish. The American Pharmacist Association noted her unique consultation skills and she was selected as the One-to-One Patient Counseling Recognition Awardee. Dr. Lor earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and completed a one-year post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency training at Westside Community Health Services with the University of Minnesota Ambulatory Care Residency Program. Dr. Lor’s public health research interests include medication adherence, comprehensive medication management and herbal medicines. She was selected as a Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Scholar in 2012 and completed extensive research training at Columbia University. She has more than 6 years of teaching experience and 4 years of leading a Resident Research Seminar.

    Edward Kim

    MS4, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Mr. Edward Kim was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree, where he earned a BS in Molecular, Cellular Developmental Biology. During this time, he also worked as a research assistant and volunteered his time educating students and the public about HIV and AIDS awareness, as well as general sexual health. He also served on the Board of Directors for the National GLBTQ Youth Foundation. He went on to attend MCW for medical school, where he continued to pursue his passion for LGBTQ care, serving as the president of MCW LGBTPM and co-president of MCW CARES. He also developed an LGBT-focused OSCE for first year medical students. His intended specialty is family medicine and he sees himself continuing to educate the medical community about LGBT issues and teaching in an academic setting.

    Dr. D Kim


    Dr. D Kim and his wife have lived in South Asia over the last three years working in a rural hospital. During this break-out session, Dr. Kim will share about his experiences there, as well as during the 2015 Earthquake.


    Dr. D Kim is a graduate of Northwestern University and University of Illinois College of Medicine, and has a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He and his wife have three daughters.

    Dr. Clarence Chou

    MD, Associate Clinical Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin

    Dr. Chou is a pediatric psychiatrist working full time in emergency psychiatry. He did his undergrad and graduate training at MCW. He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at MCW, teaching students, residents and fellows for over 35 years, and receiving several teaching awards. He has been involved in organized medicine, serving as president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County, the Wisconsin Medical Society, and the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Board. He served on several AMA Reference and Selection Committees, was chair of the Wisconsin delegation to the AMA and also chair of the North Central Caucus. He is currently on the AMA Council for Long Range Planning and Development. He was a Board Examiner for General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for over 20 years, served on the CME and MOC committees for several years for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and is currently on the national Assemblies for both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and AACAP. He has volunteered for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for over 25 years, was on the planning committee for the 11 year run of Milwaukee's Asian Moon Festival, and the board of the Wisconsin Organization of Asian Americans and the OCA board for several years.

    Dr. Seeba Anam

    Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

    Seeba Anam, MD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the Medical Director of the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program and the REACT Child Trauma Program at Comer Children’s Hospital, and a psychiatric consultant for La Rabida Children’s Hospital. She is a founding member of the University of Chicago Global Mental Health Initiative, a joint effort centered on global dissemination of child and adolescent mental health education. She serves on the steering committee for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health, as well as the mental health representative for the University of Chicago Center for Asian Health Equity. She also serves on the Education committee of the international Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry, expanding cultural curricula for international training programs. Her primary research interests include global mental health education and examination of health equity and social determinants of health.

    Dr. Carlyle Chan

    Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Carlyle Chan, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and the Institute for Health and Society (Bioethics and Medical Humanities) at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he attended Medical School. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He was a Residency Training Director for 18 years and has been his department’s CME Director for the past 28 years. He founded and continues to direct the Door County Summer Institute, a series of week long and two day continuing education programs for mental health and health professionals now in its 29th year. In addition to an outpatient clinical practice, his current duties includes directing a residency psychotherapy service and starting two new rural psychiatric residencies.


    Nationally, he currently serves on the ACGME Psychiatry Residency Review Committee and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACCME. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the ACGME’s Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, the Association for Academic Psychiatry’s Lifetime Achievement Award and election to MCW’s Society of Teaching Scholars. He is a co-author of the Concise Guide to Computers and Clinical Practice.

    Dr. Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH

    Founder/President & CEO, NCAPIP (National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians)

    Dr. Ho Luong Tran came from a compelling history as a Vietnamese refugee and built an inspiring twenty year government and public health service career. She is a recognized visionary leader and compassionate advocate for the advancement of well-being of ethnic communities. She has served on the board of many organizations as member and/or chair such as the State of Illinois Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Affairs, City of Chicago Mayor's Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, HHS Secretary's National Minority Health Advisory Council, and California Health Interview Survey. She is currently the President and CEO of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. She was instrumental in creating the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance and NCAPIP. She studied in Saigon Medical School, St. Luke Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, and University of Illinois.
    For more: http://www.ncapip.org/staff/

    Dr. Dexter Louie, MD, JD, MPA

    Founder/Former Chair, NCAPIP (National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians)

    Dr. Louie is an otolaryngologist in private practice in Chinatown, San Francisco, and was Associate Medical Director of the Chinese Community Health Plan, a community-based HMO, for 15 years. He believes that physicians have a role to play outside of their practices to improve the health and well-being of society. He is passionate about minority health and healthcare disparities, healthcare access, and meaningful and effective patient engagement. He has served on the Governing Board of the Moraga School District, California for 14 years. He has been an active member and/or president of many organizations such as the San Francisco Medical Society, California Medical Association, California Wellness Taskforce, Network of Ethnic Physicians Organizations, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and Office of Health Equity-California Dept. of Public Health. He studied in Stanford, Tulane and Golden Gate Universities.
    For more: http://www.ncapip.org/boardofdirectors/dexterlouiebodbio/

    Dr. Suhaila Khan, MD, MPH, PhD

    Director of Research, NCAPIP (National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians)

    Dr. Khan is a public health physician, health economist, and advocate. She has been working in health research, evaluation, and policy for many years. Her work focuses on health and healthcare disparities affecting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities in multicultural settings in the USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is currently the Director of Research at the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. One of her passions is mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals and researchers. She studied in Dhaka Medical College, Harvard and Tulane Universities.
    For more: http://www.ncapip.org/staff/

    Dr. Jane Machi

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Admissions at MCW

    Dr. Machi is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Machi received her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). In 2016, Dr. Machi was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award for her service to the Admissions Committee at MCW, and became the Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Admissions.

    Dr. Dawn S. Bragg, PhD

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Diversity at the Medical College of Wisconsin

    Dr. Bragg joined MCW in 1992 as a senior evaluation specialist in the Office of Educational Services and served in that office as assistant director and interim director before being named director of measurement and evaluation in 2014. Dr. Bragg was named assistant professor of pediatrics in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor of pediatrics-medical education in 2008. Additionally, she served as assistant dean for student affairs/diversity from 2004 to 2010, at which time she was promoted to associate dean. Dr. Bragg has also recruited students from diverse backgrounds for matriculation to MCW and directed summer enrichment programs which serve as pipelines to MCW for students from diverse backgrounds. To advance her work on diversity and inclusion, Dr. Bragg serves as co-principal investigator on a five-year Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment award to prepare minority students for medical school and biomedical research careers. She is also co-principal investigator on a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to provide biomedical research training to students underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research in preparation for medical or graduate school.

    Ruey Hu

    MS4, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    Ruey Hu is a 4th-year MD/MPH student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He completed his undergraduate studies in molecular biology at Princeton University with certificates in computing, neuroscience, and Chinese language and culture. As part of Dr. Josef Coresh's group at Johns Hopkins, he studies machine learning approaches for chronic kidney disease risk prediction modeling. He has been recognized by the Spirit of Princeton Award and the Santos-Dumont Award for Innovation, and in 2015, was named among 25 Under 25 in US-China Relations by Yale China Hands Magazine. Ruey has been involved with APAMSA throughout medical school and now serves as our national president.


    Nationally, he currently serves on the ACGME Psychiatry Residency Review Committee and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACCME. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the ACGME’s Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, the Association for Academic Psychiatry’s Lifetime Achievement Award and election to MCW’s Society of Teaching Scholars. He is a co-author of the Concise Guide to Computers and Clinical Practice.


    Our conference will be held in Building 1 (Medical College of Wisconsin). Free parking is available in the "Visitor Parking" Lot directly across from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Handicapped parking will be available.


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