© 2013 by Asian Medical Students' Association Alumni Club

AMSAAC Newsletter #2

December 14, 2013

AMSAAC Newsletter

December, 2013

Editor: Waka Shibata, Communications Officer


In this Issue:

1. 27th EAMSC 2014 in Korea

2. Introducing the AMSAAC Officers

3. Reunion Dinner 2014

4. Editor's Notes

5. Contact



1. 27th EAMSC 2014 in Korea



The 27th EAMSC 2014 will be held in Seoul, Korea from January 12-16, 2014. Did you know that the First EAMSC was held in Korea? Visit the EAMSC History page of the AMSAAC Website to find out more about the history of the EAMSC. If you have pictures of memorable EAMSC moments, please don’t hesitate to send them to us. And we'll be on the edge of our seats waiting for news from Korea because the bidding for the host of the 36th AMSC 2015 will be at this conference! 



2. Introducing the AMSAAC Officers


There are four officers who will be running AMSAAC together with the Regional Contact Persons (or RCPs) from each chapter.

  Aprilianto Eddy Wiria aka ”Eddy” (Indonesia)   Secretary General

  Waka Shibata aka ”Waka” (Japan)   Communications Officer

  Takaaki Sato aka ”Taka” (Japan/UK)   Membership Officer

  Michael Pineda aka ”Mike” (Philippines)   Finance Officer

In this edition of the Newsletter, we have a message from Taka. Taka is from Japan but went to med school and completed basic surgical training in the UK. Currently, he is studying dentistry in order to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Playing basketball is his hobby. As Membership Officer, Taka is in contact with the Regional Contact Persons and discussing how to organize and run AMSAAC's membership system. 




Dear friends,

I am sure every one of us has personal priceless memories with AMSA. I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience.

After my graduation in July 2007, my life was increasingly taken up by busy career and professional development during the days and the nights… On the 1st July 2012, a small movement slowly woke up my AMSA spirit … AMSA Alumni Facebook group… 

Since the day, the nostalgia of my AMSA days started invading my daily routine…

The first moment I met AMSA was a pure coincidence in 2004. I organised a clinical attachment in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok during my third-year of the medical undergraduate degree in London. Yes! The venue of the 25th AMSC Thailand happened to be Chulalongkorn University. I knew nothing about AMSA and had no clue about who the huge group of energetic students in the courtyard was. Within a moment of my first encounter with AMSA, I was somehow introduced to the president of AMSA-Japan and invited to EAMSC Japan, “Why don’t you come and join us in Osaka this winter?” In the next moment, my vocal cord was already vibrating “Yes, please!”

The AMSA nostalgic attacks became increasingly frequent and severe over the autumn 2012… One day, I suddenly recalled the time when I was extremely enthusiastic about founding AMSA-UK in 2005.

Having attended the 18th EAMSC Japan and 26th AMSC Malaysia, it was absolutely natural to fall in love with AMSA, a harmonised family of the talented and humble. My passion was for AMSA-UK to be the guardian for Asian international students in the UK, who left their own homes for their education. I believed in the inter-university network within the UK and the friendship with our home countries in order to improve the welfare of such students, who are otherwise considered as immigrants with no future guarantee in the UK…

In December last year, I decided to attend the AMSA Alumni meeting in Tokyo. It was a simple and casual decision for me to make. We discussed the plans to organise the AMSA alumni reunion. Since the day, my nostalgic attacks diminished and they were replaced with the surges of excitement for the future of the AMSA alumni family.

The AMSA Alumni Club (AMSAAC) was launched and the first Alumni night successfully re-united the AMSA alumni in Kuala Lumpur last summer. We witnessed that we live in our dream of AMSA Alumni Club as the motherland of AMSA friendship. With our AMSA spirit and the new-born AMSAAC, our friendship will grow even deeper, wider and stronger!

I sincerely look forward to meeting you all in Bangkok this summer! In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!



3. Reunion Dinner 2014




We proudly announce that the Reunion Dinner 2014 will be in Bangkok on Saturday, July 12! It will be held during the 35th AMSC 2014 which is from July 8-15. The reunion dinner is a social event and you are more than welcome to bring your family (including small kids) with you! 


Thailand is a country that holds a very special place in AMSA History... It is where the first three AMSCs where held and it is the chapter that has hosted the most AMSCs! 

Conferences hosted by AMSA Thailand:


  1st 1980 “Community Medicine in Asia”

  2nd 1981 “Water Sanitation and Water-borne Disease”

  3rd 1982 “Nutrition”

  15th 1994 “AIDS”

  20th 1999 “Effective Use of Health Care Resources”

  25th 2004 “Traditional Medicine”


  21st 2008 “Alcohol”

  24th 2011 “Adolescent Health: Embrace the Future, Better the World”

We are sure that many AMSAAC members have wonderful memories of Thailand. Please contact us if you have a photo or episode from a Thai conference that you would like to share. We look forward to seeing many of you next July in the land of smiles!



4. Editor's Notes


Do you have any special celebrations during this time of the year in your country or religion? In Japan, we have traditionally celebrated the New Year and it is the most important holiday in the year. We used to celebrate according to the lunar calendar, but after the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century, we have been using the Western calendar. We gather with family and friends to eat special food, visit shrines to pray for the year ahead and send each other greeting cards. Also, since we have been influenced by the USA, who occupied us after WWII, many Japanese people celebrate Christmas by eating cake and exchanging presents. But since most Japanese are not Christian, this is not a religious event. Japan is cold during this time of the year, but everyone is in a festive mood! Wishing all who are reading this Newsletter, Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!!



5. Contact


Asian Medical Students' Association Alumni Club

AMSAAC Website

AMSAAC Facebook Page

Asian Medical Students' Association International

AMSA Website

AMSA Facebook Page


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