AAPI holds Convention curtain raiser at Consulate

NEW YORK: The idea of setting up an exclusive medical school for Indian-origin students in the US was mooted and hailed by a gathering of reputed Indian American physicians who gathered at the Indian Consulate in New York City for a curtain raiser on the 29th Annual Convention of the Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to be held June 22-26 at New York’s Hilton Hotel.

Setting the tone of the event, Dr. Krishan Kumar, Co-Chair of the Convention said Indian American physicians are wealthy enough and should come together to set up a state-of-the-art medical school in the US for Indians similar to those run by the Jewish community.

Stating that AAPI represents at least 100,000 Indian origin physicians in the US, Dr. Krishan Kumar said considering the total Indian American population was only 0.6 percent of the total American population, it was creditable that almost 8% of the total American physicians were of Indian origin.

Extending his full support to the convention, Consul General Prabhu Dayal said Indian American physicians should also consider setting up a state-of-the-art medical school back in India too. “Medical education in India is highly subsidized and you have all received good education, so it is payback time,” he said.

AAPI President Dr. Ajit Singhvi said the annual AAPI convention was not just an event for continued medical education (CME) for members and attendees, for entertainment and networking, but it was also for introspection. Giving an overview of AAPI activities during the year, Dr. Singhvi said the focus this year was on increasing membership and the organization has succeeded in getting on board 1300 patron members, registering a 25% growth in membership in just one year. The focus, he said, was especially on enrolling young physicians of Indian origin.

Dr. Singhvi also pointed out to loud applause that very soon one out of every five medical graduates in the US would be of Indian origin.

As an organization, AAPI conducts training programs for new physicians and existing members too on how to conduct their practice, how to lobby their respective local lawmakers and how not to get into trouble with the law.

For the first time, Dr. Singhvi informed, AAPI has now got its own accreditation for conducting CME programs.

The AAPI Governing Body has also recently established a Health Think Tank in India, he informed.

Chair of the Convention, Long Island-based Dr. Ajay Lodha said the four-day event will have a host of exciting programs including musical entertainment, standup comedy, and other special activities for the younger attendees.

In conclusion, the Convention Chairs expressed confidence on organizing a successful convention thanks to the support extended by the Consul General and expressed gratitude for the presence and support of representatives of various non-medical community organizations in the Tri-State area.

India Post News Service

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