Panels and Workshops


Panel Topic: NCAPIP Mentoring and Community Engagement: The Happy Medium

About the Panel: Mentorship, a traditionally personal relationship developed naturally over time between mentor and student, is changing in some ways. Mentoring programs have been developed for groups as well as individuals, and the modern age provides near limitless access to the personal teachings (often on video!) by prominent thought leaders. But a mentor differs from a teacher in that a mentor is a guide who has walked the path the student wishes to walk before. That path might be different than the one the student ultimately takes, but through their interactions the mentor better and better understands the student and helps guide the student on their path ahead.

The panel, all of whom have had experiences on both sides of mentorship, will discuss mentoring today in a framework built around key issues The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) and APAMSA have highlighted over the last couple of years: leadership, diversity, and cultural competency as they pertain to AANHPI medical students and communities.

NCAPIP is a national non-profit of physician who advocate on behalf of underserved AANHPI communities.

Dr. Art Chen, MD
Medical Director of Oakland’s Asian Health Center

He has practiced since 1983 at Oakland’s Asian Health Center and has led NCAPIP’s workforce subcommittee and mentorship focused programs.

CaptureDr. Suhaila Khan, M.D., Ph.D
Director of Research at National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians

One of her passions is mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals and researchers through a program targeting pre-med students at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Stephen Chao, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Stephen Chao, MD is a Family Physician practicing with UT Physicians at their Southwest Community Health and Wellness Center in Houston’s Asiatown. He received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, previously was faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and was 2004 APAMSA national conference program chair and APAMSA national Executive Vice-President from 2005-2006.

Panel Topic: “It Was 20 Years Ago Today: The History of APAMSA”

About the Panel: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the official founding of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association!  Come join the founders of APAMSA and past APAMSA officers for a lively retelling of the history of APAMSA from its very beginnings to the present day.  How close were we to NOT creating APAMSA?  Where did the logo come from?  Where have past APAMSA officers ended up in their careers?  Hear inspirational and amusing stories of victory, defeat and occasional odd behavior that have all contributed to forming the organization you have before you today. We’ll look back upon the past and present, and see what this tells us about our future as physicians and as an organization.

jpgDr. B Ulysses K. Li, MD
Founder, APAMSA

B Li is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Medical Director of the Cyclic Vomiting Program at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He is a Past-President (2008-2010) of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition ( He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University and Northwestern University (most recently). He received his A.B. degree in comparative religions at Princeton University and M.D. degree from Kansas University, and completed his residency, chief residency, and fellowships in gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previously investigated the physiology of intestinal transport of carnitine and the neuroendocrine mechanisms that mediate cyclic vomiting syndrome ( He has established a unique interdisciplinary Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) Program that evaluates national and international referrals for CVS. He has published over 140 articles, chapters and reviews.

Outside of the hospital, he founded the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association ( in 1995, developed diversity curriculum at Ohio State University, and served on a national advisory committee for cultural competency curriculum for the Office of Minority Health. He currently serves as a Section Editor of Pediatric Gastroenterology for Up To Date, on the advisory board for PREP GI, co-edits the 2nd edition of the Pediatric GI Board Review Book, and writes a GI blog for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

He was married to Teri, a Montessori teacher, for 39 years who passed away recently due to complications of a bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia. His daughter Rachel is married to John Cullivan, a corporate strategist, and the proud mother of Jack, 4½ and Naomi 2½ years old. She has completed four Ironman triathlons. His son Ben, after a prolonged post-baccalaureate sojourn in China, Equador, Chicago, San Francisco, East Lansing, just began an Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver Health (U. Colorado) in June 2015. In his spare time, B bikes, runs, plays tennis, does Chen’s Tai Chi and yoga, watches, Ohio State Buckeye football and basketball, reads, and travels (trekked to Hang En Cave – 3rd largest in world in central Vietnam in March 2015).

Pic-JhemonDr. Jhemon Lee, MD 
Chair, Advisory Board of APAMSA
Board Member, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)
Partner, Los Alamitos Radiology Group


Dr. Lee is a private practice radiologist in Los Alamitos, CA, and is also the Medical Director for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at Platt College. He is Chair of the Advisory Board for APAMSA, and was one of the original student organizers that helped lead to the formation of APAMSA in 1995. He is a board member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP). He has been involved with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) since 1994, serving in many roles including National President, President of its Chicago chapter, and co-chair of the 2008 National Convention. He is also a past president of the Orange County chapter of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates. 

Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Chicago, where he was chief resident, and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. On the side, he also does improv comedy as a part of Los Angeles-based Cold Tofu Improv, alongside his wife, Misa. 

IMG_9714Dr. Paul Jung, MD, MPH, MBA
Associate Director, Health Corps Office of Health Services

CAPT Paul Jung is an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, currently serving as the Associate Director of Health Services at the Peace Corps. His previous assignments include Acting Director of the Commissioned Corps in the Office of the Surgeon General, Public Health Investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Chief of Staff for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  

CAPT Jung received his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland College Park, his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed residencies at MetroHealth Medical Center and Emory University. He earned his M.P.H. as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.  He also holds an M.A. in Political Management from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore.  CAPT Jung is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  CAPT Jung has been with APAMSA from the start.

Dr. Stephen Chao, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
2004 National Conference Program Chair, 2005-2006 National Executive Vice-President 

Stephen Chao, MD is a Family Physician practicing with UT Physicians at their Southwest Community Health and Wellness Center in Houston’s Asiatown. He received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, previously was faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and was 2004 APAMSA national conference program chair and APAMSA national Executive Vice-President from 2005-2006.

Panel Topic: Primary Care Panel

Dr. Emily E. Dow, MD
Acting Chair, UCI Family Medicine
Medical Director, UC Irvine Outreach Clinics

Dr. Dow is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UC Irvine. She is actively involved in UCI’s student-run free clinic, UC Irvine Outreach Clinics as its Medical Director. Her philosophy of medicine in general and family medicine in particular is that it is a profession of service. She believes that family physicians make a commitment to caring for the whole person and entire families no matter the age or setting, connecting the dots of fragmented care and fill the gaps for those who fall through the cracks.

Dr. Dow received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, her MA in Teaching English as Second Language from UCLA, and her medical degree from University of Cincinnati. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. She is currently the Acting Chair of Family Medicine at UCI, and Interim Medical Director at UCI Family Health Centers.
Dr. Mike Sevilla, MD
Physician Blogger,

Dr. Sevilla is a Family Physician and Social Media Enthusiast practicing at the Family Practice Center of Salem and Salem Regional Medical Center in Salem, Ohio. He is an avid blogger at and has now reached to millions of viewers worldwide through presentations, Linked-In, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and podcasts. Dr. Sevilla received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University, and completed his Family Medicine residency at Barberton Citizens Hospital.

Youtube Channel: http://MikeSevilla.TV
TedX talk on Physicians and Social Media:
Interview with Keynote speaker Dr. Jay Lee:

Dr. Bena Teo, MD
Medical Director, Woodbury Hoag Medical Group

Dr. Teo is a family medicine doctor in Irvine, California and works with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Originally from New Jersey, she obtained her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her family practice residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Teo enjoys reading fiction, listening to NPR, and traveling in her free time.

Dr. Jay Lee, MD, MPH
President of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)
Assistant Program Director and Director of Health Policy at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Lee is the current 2015-2016 president of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), of which he previously served as secretary-treasurer. As part of the faculty at MemorialCare Health System, Dr. Lee works as the Assistant Program Director and Director of Health Policy at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition to his clinical duties, which involve nearly the full scope of family medicine, he also serves as Associate Medical Director Practice Transformation at the Medical Foundation. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Lee received his B.S. in Human Biology at Stanford and his M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Lee has always been a strong advocate for his patients and has worked extensively within the community health centers in Los Angeles and Boston, where he eventually earned his Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the past few years, he has become a very visible family physician in the social media scene, often tweeting from @familydocwonk

Dr. Michael Young Lee, MD, MPH
Attending Physician, Kaiser Permanente Tustin Ranch

Dr. Lee is a family physician in Tustin Ranch, CA for Kaiser Permanente Orange County.  He is interested in work and support addressing physician burnout. Dr. Lee currently is part of the clinician-patient communication team and the physician wellness committee at Kaiser O.C.  


Workshop Topic: Becoming a Physician: Voices of Medical Students in Poetry

About the Workshop: Becoming a physician is a rite of passage.  We know it involves the acquisition of an enormous amount of knowledge, information, and skills. But what is it like for those who experience it? What happens to medical students as they are transformed into doctors? One interesting way to understand what it is like to be a medical student is to listen to their voices in poetry.  In this workshop, we will examine the innermost thoughts and feelings of medical students through a series of poems that consider issues such as the personal sacrifices necessary in medical school; the poor behavior of physician role models; and the importance of connecting with patients. The workshop will involve reading poems aloud and discussing how they resonate with experiences of the workshop participants.

Dr. Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.
Professor of family medicine, UCI School of Medicine
Director of the Program in Medical Humanities & Arts, UCI School of Medicine

Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D. is professor of family medicine and director of the Program in Medical Humanities & Arts, University of California Irvine, School of Medicine ( As a psychologist and medical educator, she has focused her research and scholarship on the socialization process of medical education, with a special focus on the impact of training on student empathy; and on the medical student-patient relationship, including interactions with “difficult,” stigmatized, and culturally diverse patient populations. Dr. Shapiro has expertise in patient-centered communication skills, reflection processes, and narrative medicine, and is the recipient of many teaching awards. She is widely published in the field of medical humanities. Dr. Shapiro is a poetry co-editor for the e-magazine Pulse and the journal Families, Systems, and Health;, an assistant editor for Family Medicine; and a special medical humanities editor for the Journal for Learning through the Arts. Her book, The Inner World of Medical Students: Listening to Their Voices in Poetry, is a critical analysis of important themes in the socialization process of medical students as expressed through their creative writing.

Workshop Topic: Hey Doc, What Should I Eat!  How to Talk about Food with Your Patients in a Clinical Setting

About the Workshop: Lifestyle modification and dietary intervention have become part of all chronic disease management plans, yet research has shown that doctors are not adequately trained to provide effective, efficient lifestyle and dietary advice in a clinical encounter.  Coupled with limited time, public health barriers, and cultural differences, dietary advice much of time becomes general rather than patient oriented advice.  Come learn some tips and strategies regarding how to talk to your patients about food with some extra tips on your API patients.  Stay until the end to sample some culinary treats as well!

Workshop Topic: I Joined a New Cross Fit Gym and I hurt myself!  An introduction to the Sports Medicine history and physical

About the Workshop: Musculoskeletal injuries ranging from ankles to knees to shoulders to back have become a common complaint in ambulatory settings. Whether caring for the high school athlete or the weekend warrior, come learn the basics of the ankle, knee, shoulder, and back exams.  This will be very helpful for your clinical years!  This session will be interactive and will allow you to practice these exams on each other.

Benjamin Leong, M.D.
2nd Year Resident, Family Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Benjamin Leong is currently a second year family medicine resident at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.  He received his BA in economics from UC Irvine, an MPH in Health Services Management and Policy from Tufts University, and an MD from Tulane University.  He became interested in the role that nutrition education plays in chronic disease management while writing his public health thesis on teaching kitchens in food pantries in Downtown Boston.  At Tulane, he served as the student founder for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine which brings together medical students, health care professionals, and patients in a kitchen setting for cooking lessons while applying them to the pathophysiology of chronic conditions its clinical management.

Workshop Topic: Moving Beyond Analog to Digital: Teaching 21st Century Medicine

About the Workshop: This workshop provides an overview of the iMedEd Initiative which was first launched in 2010 at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. We will discuss the integration of technologies such as the iPad, Google Glass and podcasts into the medical school curriculum, present outcomes data where relevant and discuss the effectiveness of technology-based learning for future practicing physicians.

Dr. Julie H. Youm, Ph.D.
Director of the Instructional Technologies group at UC Irvine, School of Medicine

Dr. Youm is the Director of the Instructional Technologies group at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (UC Irvine).  Her recent work has focused on implementing effective uses of the iPad in a clinical setting through the iMedEd Initiative ( and working with faculty and students to explore and integrate innovative technology and pedagogy into the medical school curriculum. In addition, the iMedEd Initiative is now exploring the use of Google Glass and first-person video perspective and she is actively involved in research in areas ranging from remote teaching in clinical scenarios to evaluation of communication and procedural skills. Her other research interests include mobile technologies, digital/blended learning and systems thinking. Dr. Youm received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and also holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she worked for over 15 years as a software developer on enterprise-level projects for companies like Apple, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Financial; taught programming to graduate students; and conducted research in education as well as with children’s media firms like the Sesame Workshop.

Workshop Topic: Ultrasound Workshop, hosted by the UCI Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG)

About the Workshop: Interested in trying your hand at ultrasound? This ultrasound workshop will introduce you to the basic techniques used to gain a unique view of human anatomy. During this hour-long workshop, you will rotate through two stations: the FAST scan and cardiac ultrasound. No prior ultrasound experience necessary!

1) FAST Scan – Learn how to locate areas of abnormal fluid accumulation through a rapid ultrasound scan called the Focused Assessment for Sonography in Trauma (FAST). This scan is often used in the Emergency Department for trauma patients.

2)Cardiac – Learn the four most common ultrasound views to assess the anatomy and function of the heart.

This workshop is brought to you by the Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG).

Workshop Topic: Apple Technology in Medical Education, Research, and Clinical Practice

About the Workshop:
• Discover how ResearchKit can help you recruit participants and collect data 
• Learn how existing tools within HealthKit empower general population in their own chronic disease management
• Explore apps that are enhancing education, research, and clinical practice 
• Find out how students can create interactive learning materials and disseminate research results in an engaging and accessible way

Workshop topic: Goals to Outstanding Achievements in Leadership (G.O.A.L.S): Asian Inclusion in Academic Medicine

About the Workshop: As a group, Asians are often described as “over represented” in U.S. medical schools. However, despite being the second largest racial and ethnic group, Asians represent only a small portion of senior faculty. Interventions to promote diversity in academia, should consider Asian trainees’ recommendations of race-concordant role models and mentors, information regarding the landscape of academic medicine, and aligning values with careers in academic medicine. This workshop encompasses information regarding careers in academic medicine, professional development, and leadership development. Participants will be given an opportunity to design their own academic plans through interactive activities and discuss ways to enhance leadership skills. 

Goals of the Session:
1. Participants will discuss how to be a good mentor and how to be a good mentee
2. Participants will reflect on participation in previous activities and self motivating factors
3. Participants will create academic plans
4. Participants will learn about leadership skills 


Lindy Zhang is a 4th-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Michigan. She is currently an appointed member of the APAMSA Recent Alumni Advisory Board, an APAMSA Regional Director, and a former chapter president. Her research interests include leadership development, Asian inclusion in academic medicine, and accelerated aging in childhood cancer survivors. Her aspiration involves community outreach projects, medical education, and mentorship. She has conducted many poster presentations and oral presentations on US Asian medical students’ perceptions on careers in academic medicine, an area unexplored in the diversity inclusion.