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AMA Praise Contributions of Physicians of Indian Origin
by AAPI on 2012-08-12
by AAPI on 2012-08-12
Washington, DC: Physicians of Indian Origin have earned a name for themselves through their commitment and dedication to work, skills and expertise, and their profound knowledge of medicine and treatment. They are seen practicing medicine almost at every hospital or clinic, both big and small. No one can deny what Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, India’s former Minister for Health, had said: "Indian physicians are the best in the world, be it in the US or UK thanks to the basic education imparted in India,"
Echoing these sentiments, Jeremy Lazarus, MD, President of American Medical Association, in a letter to AAPI dated July 23, 2012, lauded the efforts of physicians of Indian Origin: "We admire AAPI members’ initiatives in improving medical education, health care and medical research in their home country, India. We look forward to its accelerated progress in the coming years."
The leaders of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) applauded physicians of Indian origin for their dedicated service to their patients. Dr. Lazarus was joined in his letter by Dr. Navin Shah, Founder and Past President of AAPI, Dr. Narendra Kumar, President, AAPI, and Dr. Jayesh Shah, President-elect, AAPI & Past Chair, AMA-IMG Section Governing Council. "The members of AAPI and the AMA stand together to encourage our members to continue the tradition of giving back and participating in organized medicine as leaders for the betterment of health outcomes, medical education, medical research, and legislative advocacy efforts," Lazarus and his colleagues said in the letter.
While reminding the more than 65,000 physicians of Indian Origin, the leaders of the physicians’ community said, "It is vital for physicians to not only provide state of the art care to our patients but to give back to our local and global communities." Praising their long tradition of commitment and excellence, he went on to state, "We admire the philanthropic efforts by our physicians; many of whom are members of both the AMA and AAPI."
Enumerating some of their contributions to the larger American and Indian societies, Lazarus said, " Our members have established an unprecedented professional exchange program between the physicians and researchers in the US and India, augmented medical education curricula and established medical specialties, and emergency services in India, sponsored free medical care in the US and India through free clinics, participated in legislative days in DC, led with exemplary leadership and devotion the AMA – IMG Section and many committees with AAPI."
They called upon the large Indian American physicians "to renew or join the AMA and AAPI." And they appealed to the members of these noble organizations to encourage their colleagues to join both organizations in order to "impact the future of medical education and health care."