(New York, NY: February 13, 2016): Ambassador Arun Singh, India’s Envoy to the United States, inaugurated the curtain raiser for the 34th annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) during a solemn ceremony at the Ballroom of the Indian Consulate in New York on Friday, February 12, 2016. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Singh praised the many contributions of AAPI members in the United States and back home in India. They have excelled in their fields of medicine, and thus have earned a name for themselves through hard work, commitment and dedication to their profession and the people they are committed to serve, he said. While conveying his greetings and best wishes to AAPI leaders for the success of the convention, Ambassador stated that he was looking forward to be at the Convention.
India’s Consul General in New York, Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, lauded the many initiatives AAPI both in India and the United States. Physicians of Indian origin are well known around the world for their compassion, passion for patient care, medical skills, research, and leadership. Not satisfied with their own professional growth and the service they provide to their patients around the world, they are in the forefront, sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, especially those physicians and leaders in the medical field from India, Ambassador Mulay pointed out.
“AAPI’s 34th annual convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis, Time Square in New York from June 30-July 4, 2016,” Dr. Seema Jain, President of AAPI, announced during the curtain raiser and press conference. “We are expecting to have a record attendance of more than 2,000 delegates including Physicians, Academicians, Researchers and Medical students at the convention. The annual convention offers extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events,” she added.
The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter. Elaborating on the efforts and preparations that have been devoted to put together this unique event, Dr. Rita Ahuja, Convention Chairwoman of 2016 Annual Convention, said. “We have been working hard to put together an attractive program for our annual get together, educational activity and family enjoyment. I and the Co-Chairs are fortunate to have a dedicated team of convention committee members from the Tri-State region helping us. We are expecting a record turnout and hence I would encourage early registration to avoid later disappointment.”
A pool of dedicated AAPI leaders are working hard to make the Convention a unique event for all the participants, she said. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor of AAPI, emceed the event and gave an introduction to the many new initiatives planned to make the convention truly historic. Among those who had addressed the press conference included Dr. Rupak Parikh, AAPI YPS President: Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, President of AAPI MSRF; Dr. Thomas Alapatt, Host City Chair for the Convention, Dr. Parminder Grewal, Dr. Hetal Gor, and Dr. Gaurav Gupta co-chairs for the convention. Others who had addressed the event and provided a glimpse of what’s in store at the convention included, Dr. Virendra Sethi, Dr, Anand Sahu, Dr. Kishore Ahuja, Dr. Mathew, Dr. Ratan Mirchandani, Dr. Jayesh Kanuga, Dr. Chitra Kumar, and Dr. Sanjay Jain,who are also some of the prime advisors/coordinators of the Convention. The convention kick off event and the press conference was attended by representatives leading Indian American print, electronic and visual media outlets.
In addition to offering over 12 hours of cutting edge CMEs to the physicians, the event will have 12 hours of product theaters/promotional opportunities, six plenary sessions, a first ever multi-segment CEOs Forum, and a first ever women’s leadership forum. The convention will be addressed by senior world leaders, including US Senators, Presidential candidates, Nobel Lauretes, Governors, Congressmen, and celebrities from the Hollywood and Bollywood world.
“Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and subspecialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff. The AAPI Convention offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services,” Dr. Jain said.
In addition to the exhibition hall featuring large exhibit booth spaces in which the healthcare industry will have the opportunity to engage, inform and educate the physicians directly through one on one, hands on product demonstrations and discussions, there will be focused group and specialty Product Theater, Interactive Medical Device Trade Show, and special exhibition area for new innovations by young physicians.
“The preliminary program is in place, the major attractions include 12 hours of cutting-edge CME with renowned speakers, CEO Forum, Innovation Forum, Entrepreneur Forum, Women’s Forum, Men’s Forum, and Product Theaters to highlight the newest advances in patient care and medical technology. Alumni meetings for networking, also an AAPI-India Strategic Engagement Forum to showcase the AAPI initiatives in India like Trauma Brain Injury Guidelines, MoU on TB Eradication in India and recognition of AAPI Award winners will make this Convention unique,” Dr. Sanjay Jain, Chief Coordinating Officer of the Convention, said.
“AAPI members represent a variety of important medical specialties. Sponsors will be able to take advantage of the many sponsorship packages at the 34th annual convention, creating high-powered exposure to the highly coveted demographic of AAPI’s membership,” Dr. Rita Ahuja said.
After years of sitting on the political sidelines, Indian-Americans – affluent, educated and doubling in number every 10 years – are starting to flex their muscles in Washington. AAPI’s mission is to provide a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American physicians to excel inpatient care, teaching and research, and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs. Representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, leaders of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic organization of physicians, for 34 years,AAPI Convention has provided a venue for medical education programs and symposia with world renowned physicians on the cutting edge of medicine.
AAPI is an umbrella organization which has nearly 90 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations. For over 34 years, Indian physicians have made significant contributions to health care in this country, not only practicing in inner cities, rural areas and peripheral communities but also at the top medical schools and other academic centers. Almost 10%-12% of medical students entering US schools are of Indian origin. AAPI represents the interests of over 60,000 physicians and 25,000medical students and residents of Indian heritage in the United States. AAPI, the largest ethnic medical organization in the nation, and serves as an umbrella organization.
“Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and internationally will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you in New York!” said Dr. Seema Jain.