Research Symposium & Poster Contest To Be Held At AAPI’s Annual Convention

(New York, NY: May 4th, 2016) The high quality of medical care humanity enjoys today is the result of centuries of research by physicians, scientists, and the medical professionals investigating the causes and potential treatments for diseases. Insights provided by medical research today promise to lessen the impact of today’s greatest health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. When you support and encourage medical research, you are helping medical researchers build the future cures for various diseases, making significant headway in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care, and thus contributing to humanity to live healthier and longer lives.

Indian American Physicians are way ahead in the medical field, and contribute immensely towards medical research. Encouraging young medical researchers of Indian Origin, “following in the traditions of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a Research Symposium and Contest with Poster Presentation is being held during the 34th annual convention being organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in New York City on Saturday July 2nd at the Hotel Marriott Marquis, Times Square.

Quoting Bill Gates, who had stated that “I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts,” Dr. Seema Jain, President of AAPI, said,  “The contest provides a forum for medical students and researchers in the area of health to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for awards and recognition at the annual convention of 2016.” Students, residents, faculty and medical practitioners have been invited to submit their research abstracts and posters for presentation at the 2016 annual convention. The competition is open to both members and non-members of AAPI.

The Research Competition gives students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results during the GHS in a special forum that provides visibility for their work. It also gives students the opportunity to meet with and interact with the attendees at the Convention to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications, while giving students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills. Above all, it serves to recognize and reward outstanding student research.

“The AAPI Research Symposium is an exciting venue to learn about and present new and exciting research as well as case reports and discussions,” says Dr. Kunj Patel, an organizer of the contest. “Presenting before the Indian physician community adds a personal feel to the event that provides an additional sense of pride. I have presented at many renown national meetings at this point in my career, but my parents were particularly proud of my accomplishments with AAPI.”

The contest is open to all Medical Residents of Indian Origin. The conference promises to feature an exciting educational program with national leaders in medicine. The highly competitive and prestigious completion will give each participant to showcase one’s research by submitting an abstract in one of the following categories: Basic Science; Clinical Medicine; and Clinical Vignette.

The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter. “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.

The deadline for the online submission of one’s entry is 11:59 PM Eastern time on June 1, 2016. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all notices occurring before June 10th, 2016. All presenters must be official registrants for the conference. Expected to be a great day of presentations and discussions, the winners will be awarded with awards. Poster Presentation & Judging will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 and the applicants whose works are picked for oral and poster presentations will have free entrance to the research competition.

AAPI, an umbrella organization, representing 130 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations, is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States. For over 30 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. For more information on the contest, please contact Dr. Kunj Patel (kunj.patel@emory.edu) or Dr. Amar Shah (secretary@aapimsrf.org).

For more details on AAPI and the convention, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org

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