• APAMSA Region V Conference 2019

    Breaking Our Silence

  • Welcome

    The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) invites you to the 2019 Annual APAMSA Region V Conference on Saturday, March 30th at Michigan State University Secchia Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year's conference theme is Breaking Our Silence: Advocacy Within API Communities. We have selected this theme to focus on the importance of advocacy and leadership within our communities to cultivate positive social change. Join us for a day full of speakers, panels, and activities where we can grow, exchange ideas, and learn from each other's experiences.


    We also highly encourage pre-health students and members of the community to attend and learn about issues that are impacting our AAPI community.


    Please join us in this opportunity to engage in discussion with fellow APAMSA members and members of the AAPI community throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Thank you for your interest! We are looking forward to meeting you all.


    Warm regards,


    Hsu Shao-Ming, Sunny Panh, Donna Tran, and Stephanie Wentzel


    2018-2019 Regional Directors, Region V

  • Conference Details

    Date & Time

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019

    10:30 am - 6:00 pm


    Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine

    Secchia Center, 15 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Conference Schedule

    Please note that this schedule is subject to change.


    10:30 Check-in begins

               First Floor Lobby


    11:15 Opening Remarks from National and Regional APAMSA featuring President Yingfei Wu

               Room 130


    11:25 Keynote: Leadership in Medicine by Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr, MD, MHS

               Room 130


    12:00 Lunch and Networking in Christman Commons (Catering provided by First Wok)

              Room 110


    1:00 Healthcare Disparities and Implicit Bias by Dr. Tung

            Room 130


    1:45 Diversity is Part of the Solution by Dr. Wagner

            Room 130


    2:10 Lessons Learned and Moving Forward: Challenges for the Next Five Years by Dr. Thompson

            Room 130


    2:30 Poster and Tabling Session (Refreshments Provided)



    3:30 Cultural Barriers to Clinical Care and Research by Dr. Nguyen

            Room 130


    4:30 Breakout Session

    Session 1A: Residents' Panel by Dr. Lu & Dr. Pham; Room 130

    Session 1B: MSU Pre-Medical Admissions Panel; Room 120


    5:00 Improve Asian American Healthy through Community Support & Resources by West Michigan Asian American Association

             Room 130


    5:45 Closing Remarks

             Room 130


    6:00 Post Conference Social at Atwater Brewery

    201 Michigan St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

  • Registration

    Registration for the conference is LIVE! Click the link below to register.


    Early Bird Registration by March 27th, 2019: $10

    Regular/On-site Registration: $15


    All registration fee is non-refundable. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • Meet the Speakers

    Speakers will be released throughout the month. Keep an eye out for updates on our amazing guests.

    Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS

    Internal Medicine

    University of Chicago

    Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS is a researcher and practicing internist in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, medical doctorate at New York Medical College, Internal Medicine residency at Brown University, and masters in Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Tung’s research focuses on disparities in chronic disease, with a special interest in race, place, and poverty. She has participated in community-based strategies to improve chronic disease outcomes in East St. Louis, Chinatown New York, West Providence, and Chicago. These experiences have led to a vested interest in addressing the social determinants of health and eradicating health disparities.

    Margaret E. Thompson, MD, FAAFP

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Associate Professor, Family Medicine

    Michigan State University

    As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Thompson serves the Chief Academic Officer for the Legacy Curriculum, and she oversees academic operations in both Legacy and Shared Discovery curricula at the Grand Rapids campus. She works closely with departmental lead clerkship directors, and the Assistant Deans and Community Administrators in all of the College of Human Medicine campuses to ensure that students on all campuses receive a comparable experience in clinical education.

    Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Northwestern ​University, and earned her M.D. degree at the University of Michigan. She completed a Family Practice residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and is board certified in Family Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Human Medicine. Her scholarly interests include nutrition, medical education, and career preparation for medical students.

    Peter Nguyen, MD

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow PGY4

    Helen Devos Children's Hospital

    Michigan State University

    Peter Nguyen is a first-year pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Helen Devos Children's Hospital. He completed his pediatric residency in Chicago at Cook County. He loves working with really sick kids and being able to interact with families to hopefully provide good outcomes. He also enjoys doing research and is currently working on burn and asthma projects. Outside of medicine, Dr. Nguyen is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves hanging out with his dog, Spring Roll.

    Norman J. Beauchamp Jr, MD, MHS

    Dean of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Associate Provost, Vice President for Health Affairs

    In October of 2016, Norm became dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Prior to this career change, he was a professor and chairperson of the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, a position he assumed in 2002. He served as vice chairperson and chairperson of the University of Washington Faculty Senate, was president of the clinical practice of 1,600 physicians employed by the university, and was medical director of the Seattle/King County Clinic, which provided dental, vision and medical care to thousands of low-income and uninsured patients. Dr. Beauchamp also served as professor of neurological surgery and industrial and systems engineering at UW.


    In addition to his role as dean, Norm accepted the newly created position of Associate Provost and Vice President of Health Affairs to lead strategic development and implementation of safety and quality practices and initiatives across all of MSU’s health care services. These include student health clinics, physical therapy and trainers for student-athletes, and all clinical activiies for the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine as well as the MSU HealthTeam.

    Joyce Lu, MD

    Vascular Surgery Resident PGY3

    Michigan State University

    Spectrum Health

    Dr. Joyce Lu is currently a 3rd year Vascular Surgery resident at Spectrum Health. She graduated in 2016 with an M.D. from Albany Medical College and obtained a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. While she did not initially think she would become a surgeon, she was drawn to the fact that Vascular Surgery offered a unique patient population that was challenging and offered longitudinal continuity of care, many procedures of differing acuity, and care of patients that utilized comprehensive medical and anatomic knowledge. She is additionally interested in academic research, student development/mentoring, and leadership.

    Dianne Wagner, MD, FACP

    Professor of Medicine and College of Human Medicine Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

    Michigan State University

    Dianne Wagner, MD FACP is Professor of Medicine and College of Human Medicine Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. Her work has centered on the design and implementation of curriculum for medical school and residency level learners, simulation of all types, patient safety education and evaluation, and the development of competency assessment systems. She is a general internist, providing primary care to patients as a part of the college’s Division of General Internal Medicine.

    Nhan Pham, DO

    Internal Medicine Resident PGY3

    Mercy Health Hospital

    Nhan Pham, D.O. is a third-year resident of the Internal Medicine Residency at Mercy Health Hospital in Muskegon. He's from San Diego, California, but originally, he immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. He did his undergraduate classes in San Diego's CC and UCSD. He attended Touro University, an Osteopathic Medical School in California. He matched to Internal Medicine Residency Program and moved to Michigan after medical school in 2016. Fluency in Vietnamese helps him connecting with the underserved Vietnamese community during his volunteering at outreach health-care events.

    West Michigan Healthy Asian Project

    West Michigan Asian American Association

    Grand Rapids, MI

    WMHAP strives to offer Asian individuals with support and connections to resources that can put patients in control of their health via:

    - Assisting in enrollment for medical coverage

    - Establishing connections to medical, vision and dental services

    - Identifying goals and creating an individualized plan with medical, vision, and dental providers

    - Monitoring health and wellness by providing patients with community resources about nutrition, physical activity, and overall well-being

    - Providing interpreters to help navigate through various health systems

  • Research Submission

  • Meet Your Region V Directors

    We've got a top notch team!

    Andrew Hsu

    Med 3, Michigan State University

    Andrew is a third year medical student at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. He grew up in metro Detroit and graduated from Michigan State in 2016 with a BS in anthropology. His specialty of interest is emergency medicine.

    Sunny Panh

    Med 1, Michigan State University

    Sunny Panh is a first-generation American born in Stockton, CA. He currently attends MSU’s College of Human Medicine as a first-year medical student. His family escaped the regime that concocted a genocide that killed over two million Cambodians (Khmers). This genocide viciously targeted intellectuals, which lead to those who fled to America as refugees representing mostly uneducated Cambodians. Witnessing the disparities within his Stockton Khmer community, he joined and co-founded organizations such as Khmer Space and EMAC to advocate for marginalized API communities. Sunny hopes to use his experiences in social justice and advocacy to help APAMSA reach their goals.

    Donna Tran

    Med 1, Michigan State University

    Donna Tran is a MS1 from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As a Vietnam War refugees' daughter, Donna was born and raised in Bay Area, California, where one of the largest Asian American communities thrived and survived. Prior to medical school matriculation, at University of California Davis, UCSF, and Stanford University, she was actively involved in healthcare advocacy, community engagement, and clinical research to specifically help cancer patients, older adults, and Asian Americans. Donna hopes to bring her experiences and enthusiasm to APAMSA.

    Stephanie Wentzel

    Med 1, The Ohio State University

    Stephanie Wentzel is a MS1 from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She grew up in a military family where her childhood was divided between various cities in the United States and South Korea. Being exposed to diverse communities where she witnessed systematic oppression and social disparities sparked her interests in social justice, human rights and health equity.

    She joined the APAMSA team due to her to serve the greater APIDA community through medicine, advocacy, and education.

    Outside of her studies, Stephanie is a traveler, foodie, and coffee enthusiast!