May 2015  e-Newsletter

APPNA Helps in Aftermath of Devastating Nepal Earthquake!

Our trip to Nepal, despite initial apprehension, was very productive. Our objective was to help in whichever way we could, while keeping the safety of our team in mind.

Our team consisted of:

  • Dr. Arain (a surgeon)
  • Dr. Zaman (a pediatrician)
  • Dr. Ali (a pediatrician)
  • Dr. Rao (a dermatologist)
  • Mr. Wasim Momin (an ICU nurse)
  • Dr. S Sherpa (a orthopedic surgeon from Nepal)
  • Dr. N Sherpa (a internist)
  • Ms. Shrestha (a nurse from Nepal)
  • Lemi Sherpa (our coordinator)
We were able to visit three different villages, all within a two hour drive from Kathmandu. The names are as below:
  • Bungamati
  • Pahadaya Thapa Lele
  • Jaharshing Pauwa 
We provided medical care for around 1,000 patients in these three villages. 
We also visited Patan hospital in Kathmandu, where we were able to see the status of medical help available in Kathmandu, as well as spend time with various specialists. 

Babar Rao, MD
Co-Lead APPNA Nepal Relief Team

CYP Activities
The YPC 2015 is composed of 25 members.  
Six major goals were set-up to assist with: the residency match, visa issues, streamline APPNA houses, organize different seminars, develop mentorship program (US clinical experience), and loan program (Qarz-e-Hasana) for deserving physicians. 
YPC assisted numerous physicians during the residency match week March 17-21, 2015. YPC has compiled lists of current Pakistani-Descent residents and program directors.  


APPNA Chicago House
What a pleasure to share with you some of the successes and strides PPS APPNA House in Chicago is making - Last year in mid December PPS - APPNA Illinois (2014 Council and BOT) with the help of Central APPNA (much appreciation for EC and BOT APPNA 2014) was able to buy a 4 Apartments building in Chicago-Forest Park 2 blocks from Blue and Green line, Metra train, a block from bus station right across from Oak Park Hospital - 15-20 minutes via subway from downtown and Medical district IL. 

Day on Hill


APPNA marked an historic milestone on Thursday, April 30th. Over 40 doctors from California to New York and communities in between traveled to Capitol Hill for meetings with upward of 30 Congressmen. Together with the bipartisan group of legislators, APPNA raised support and awareness for the GRAD Act.  


ECFMG Seminar
A seminar on future accreditation of Pakistani Medical Schools was held during APPNA spring meeting in Crystal City, VA.


Director of LCME( Liason Committee for Medical Education) Dr Dan Hunt and Dr Masood Hameed President of PMDC( Pakistan Medical and Dental Council) were featured speakers.   


APPNA Virginia Chapter holds Town hall meeting
with Congressman Dave Brat

APPNA Virginia Chapter had a great interactive and engaging town hall meeting with the Republican Congressman David Brat on Friday May 8, 2015. All the Foreign Medical Graduate issues including the GRAD Act and Conrad 30 program were discussed extensively . 

The Chapter representatives will follow up with the congressman's office in next few weeks to stress the importance and garner support of these programs. You can get more information on these programs by clicking GRAD Act and Conrad 30.

If your chapter wants to hold such a town hall meeting with your congressman or senator please let us know at  We can help facilitate the meeting for you.

Presidential Debate at APPNA Spring Meeting
Please click on the image to watch the video

Upcoming Events

OCT 30 - NOV 1, 2015
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