© 2013 by Asian Medical Students' Association Alumni Club

AMSAAC Newsletter #4

June 30, 2014

AMSAAC Newsletter

June, 2014

Editor: Waka Shibata, Communications Officer

 

In this Issue:

1. Cancellation of AMSC

2. 28th EAMSC 2015 in Indonesia

3. Introducing the AMSAAC Officers

4. New Editor

5. Editor's Notes

6. Contact

 

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1. Cancellation of AMSC

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We are sad to announce that we have decided to cancel AMSAAC events at the 35th AMSC 2014 in Thailand due to the political instability in Bangkok. The official announcement from AMSAAC, made on May 28, can be viewed here. Once again, we would like to extend our sincere apologies for any inconveniences caused by this cancellation.

Shortly after our decision, the Organizing Committee of the 35th AMSC 2014 in Thailand announced that the conference itself would also be cancelled.

Recently, there are rumors of an “undercover reunion” to take place in Bangkok… Under the circumstances, we are not encouraging people to come to Thailand, but it you were not able to cancel your flight, please contact us!

 

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2. 28th EAMSC 2015 in Indonesia

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We are considering the possibility of organizing a Reunion Dinner at the 28th EAMSC 2015 in Indonesia, to be held in February. We will keep you updated with the latest news.

 

The theme of the conference is "Halt the Disease, Help the People" and will focus on Sexually Transmitted Infections. Visit the website and Facebook page for details about the conference.

 

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3. Introducing the AMSAAC Officers

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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

 

Hi, I'm Waka!

I hope that by this time many of you are able to recognize me! As Communications Officer, I am responsible for all correspondence and recording of minutes of meetings, managing the AMSAAC website and writing, editing and distributing the AMSAAC Newsletter.

As a med student, I participated in 5 AMSCs, starting from the 24th AMSC 2003 in Indonesia and ending with the 29th AMSC 2008 in Japan, which I hosted as the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee. I was the Overall Chairperson of AMSA International 06/07. I have very fond memories of my AMSA years; travelling to new countries, meeting and working with amazing people, eating great food and sharing special times with future colleagues from all over the world.

I am now paying off my med school scholarship by working as a general practitioner in rural hospitals in my home prefecture, Chiba, which is next to Tokyo. During this time, I have also had the chance to specialize in anesthesiology for a couple of years. I will finish paying off my scholarship in four more years but have not decided what to do after that. I have always been interested in following a career in public health and international health.

I love sports in general but am especially passionate about soccer. I play and coach in my spare time and enjoy watching as well. My other hobbies, which I unfortunately don't have much time to indulge in at the moment, include reading and travelling.

Through AMSAAC, I want to keep in contact with AMSA friends, who are some of the most incredible people that I have ever met! I am interested in what AMSA alumni, the ones I know and don't know, are currently doing. I hope we can provide assistance and support to current AMSA members as well.

 

Near the end of March, AMSA Japan holds a gathering in Kyoto to congratulate the members who passed the national medical license examination and graduated from med school and will start working as doctors from April. Dr. Iwanaga who works at Kyoto University helps AMSA Japan organize this event. All alumni are invited and I try to attend every year. This photo is of the alumni and graduating students who attended this year’s gathering. Do you recognize any familiar faces?

 

 

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4. New Editor

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Starting from the next edition of the Newsletter, we will have a new editor... We proudly announce Juin Yi Ng aka JY from Malaysia!! Many alumni may know JY as the former Overall Chairperson of AMSA International. He has just graduated from medical school and is one of AMSAAC’s newest and freshest members. JY was travelling in Tokyo last month and the outgoing and incoming chief editors had a chance to meet up briefly at Narita airport for an unofficial handover!

 

 

Hello everyone!

A little bit of introduction, my name is Ng Juin Yi from AMSA Malaysia. Or you can call me JY for short. I first joined AMSA in 2008, and I was the Overall Chairperson of AMSA International in 2012/2013. I’ve just graduated recently and am slated for housemanship training in Malaysia hospital.

First of all it’s my greatest pleasure to be part of the AMSAAC, and to be able to serve as the Chief Editor of the AMSAAC Newsletter. I’m looking forward to creating an engaging newsletter for AMSAAC, and would value any kinds of feedback from everyone!

 

In an effort to engage to our readers outside of Facebook, we’ll be migrating our newsletter to Mailchimp, a free online newsletter subscription service. This should provide our fellow readers with a more interactive and engaging quarterly newsletter, as readers now get to choose whether to read our newsletters through Facebook, web browser, or email. The upcoming issue will be slated for September. To subscribe just kindly click on this link.

 Also, with the upcoming issue in September, we’re introducing a new segment in our newsletter: AMSA Throwback! This is the segment where we have readers submitting their memories of AMSA to be shared together. It could be anything from an article or any photos taken during any AMSA events. Have anything that you would like to share with us? Send us your entry to amsaac.editor@gmail.com.

Do look forward for the September issue of AMSAAC Newsletter!

 

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5. Editor's Notes

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I would like to express my gratitude for your support and encouragement during this founding year of AMSAAC. Thank you so much to everyone who read this newsletter, liked it, and shared it! It was very sad that the AMSC and Reunion Dinner was cancelled this year, but the good thing about AMSAAC is that, unlike AMSA, you don’t have to graduate, so there are many more reunions to look forward to! See you all in Singapore next year!!

 

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6. Contact

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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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