I have been active in TAPI, the Pittsburgh Chapter of AAPI for past 10 years. I remain a Board member and Chair of Publication and media committee. I have also served as Secretary, Vice President and eventually as President of TAPI in 2012-13. I have been involved in organizing all our annual meetings of past 10 years and the TAPI and AAPI-CF fundraiser dinners of past 10 years as well. I have designed and created our logo and TAPI web site and maintain it to this date (TAPI.US).
I have been active in AAPI related events since our local chapter TAPI hosted the AAPI fall GB meeting in 2015. I have been attending the GB meetings for past 3 years as local and alumni chapters representative and also attended AAPI National Conventions and GHS for past 3 years. I have served as Chair of A V Committee at 2017 AAPI National Convention in Atlantic City. At that AAPI national convention as alumni chapter leader personally invited and felicitated Dr.Mahajan, President of Maharashtra Chapter of Indian Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) for his services in promoting CPR training programs in India.
Our Alumni chapter of which I am currently President of provided initial funding to ISA resuscitation council inaugural planning meeting at our alumni office and conference facility in India under the leadership of Dr.Chakra Rao, past President of ISA . We developed a strong collaboration and relationship with ISA and helped them launch their ISA Resuscitation Council COLS ( Compression Only Life Supporting) program, which is being implemented by ISA across all over India and bringing this life survival program to masses at large thus potentially saving millions of live in the coming years.
Along with other leaders of our various alumni chapters, I am involved in our efforts to urge Medical Council Of India (MCI) to increase the Family Medicine Post Graduate training program to be offered to Indian medical graduates. We are in consulting with Vice Chancellors and Deans of various medical universities, State Ministers of Health and Medical Education as well as President of MCI in this regard and hope to succeed in these efforts also.
I am a core member of AAPI - VOAC ( Veterans Obesity Awareness Campaign) and adopted Pittsburgh site to conduct this program in coming months inviting VA physicians,VA Move! coordinator,VFW representative, local city leaders and hospital executives to join in launching this community educational and motivation enhancement program to combat Veteran's health issues.
We are eternally thankful to our senior AAPI leaders who fought hard to end discrimination against IMG and achieved parity of having same USMLE to all medical graduates for state medical licensures as well as for residency training program requirements. Our senior AAPI leaders have been a great source of support and encouragement and every conversation and interaction with them have been educational and inspirational. I pledge to build upon their legacy to keep AAPI relevant and in the forefront in fighting any semblance of discrimination and disparity across all walks of health care and medical education opportunities. I am working diligently to recruit many more medical students and residents to join our dynamic MSRF and YPS sections of AAPI.
I urge to all AAPI members that we will not rest on our laurels and become complacent. I will work hard to keep AAPI focused on its core mission and also conduct all its activities and business beyond reproach in a transparent, accountable and responsible manner.