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Association News
Asian-American Caucus Elects New Leaders
Psychiatric News
Volume 46 Number 16 page 4-4

The members of the APA Caucus of Asian-American Psychiatrists elected Edmond Pi, M.D., to serve as their Assembly representative. Francis Sanchez, M.D., will serve as deputy representative, and Paul Yeung, M.D., as caucus president.

The two-year terms began May 26.

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  • Edmond Hsin-tung Pi, M.D., is director of the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center. He is an accomplished researcher in the field of cross-cultural psychiatry and psychopharmacology. Pi has received numerous awards and most recently was honored as the recipient of APA's 2009 Kun-Po Soo Award. Pi aims to increase the presence and participation of Asian-American psychiatrists in the APA Assembly, support and advocate for members, and advance the mission of APA.

  • Francis Sanchez, M.D., who has worked in the private and public sectors, has served as a clinician and administrator in his role as medical director for the psychiatric service line of the regional medical center in southeast Iowa. Diversity of culture and background is a common theme that permeates the lectures and presentations he has done in this country and abroad. His role in the Iowa Psychiatric Society and at APA has opened his eyes to a number of issues pertinent to minorities in general and Asian Americans in particular. As a deputy representative to the Assembly, he promises to bring relevance and meaning to active participation in the caucus and find ways for members to become involved in the caucus.

  • Paul Yeung, M.D., is an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and clinical director of training at Philhaven. He first served in the Assembly from 1995-1997. Since 2003 he has been a member of the APA Assembly Committee of Minority and Underrepresented Groups (MUR Committee). He just finished his second term as Assembly representative for the Asian-American Caucus and is outgoing chair of the MUR Committee.

  • In addition to the Caucus of Asian-American Psychiatrists, there are six other caucuses that represent APA-recognized minority and underrepresented groups and elect representatives to the Assembly: American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Black, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Hispanic, International Medical Graduate, and Women. Caucuses meet at APA's annual meeting.

    APA members who identify with one of these groups and want to enroll in a caucus may do so by updating their membership profile online at <www.memprofupdate.psych.org> by checking off the appropriate caucus in question 3F "APA Caucus Membership" in "Section 3: Current Practice and Professional Activities." 4_3.inline-graphic-1.gif

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