Earlier this month, the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin held the annual MSRF/YPS (Medical Students, Residents, and Fellow/Young Physicians) Winter Medical Conference in Las Vegas.
The event is held every year to allow young physicians and students to network and present their innovative research and ideas—and to help shape the contributions of Indian physicians on a national scale. It is also a great way for people to celebrate a mutual bond of South Asian origin in a professional setting. A record-breaking number of NEOMED College of Medicine students—17 in all—attended this year’s event Feb. 10-12, putting NEOMED on the map for Indian physicians all over the nation.
Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in many events and panels, including the “Successful Under 40” panel, featuring young Indian-Americans who have prominent roles in many areas of expertise (culinary, political, health care reform, etc.). A major component of the event was the research symposium at which medical students, residents and fellows presented their clinical or basic science projects. More than half of the NEOMED students in attendance were given the opportunity to present their research projects, competing with other projects at the symposium for first, second and third prizes.
Heads turned as first-place (Natasha Kesav), second-place (Nimisha Swali), and third-place (Khooshali Shah) awards all went to second-year NEOMED students. The experience was one they will certainly not forget.