AAPI YPS members benefit from the nationwide network of colleagues, educational events and social exchanges.
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Starting a new AAPI-YPS chapter? Congratulations! We are excited to have you on board and are looking forward to working with you during the year. We have set up this membership kit to help you start your local chapter and effectively integrate it into our national ring.
The first thing to look at is the membership checklist, which outlines the necessary steps to become an official recognized chapter. There is also a suggestions page that should help get things underway. My first piece of advice is to stay in contact with myself (the membership chair) and other nearby medical school chapters during this entire process. We can all give you lots of great ideas and options to start your new chapter. Also it will assist all of us in the greater goal of networking our South Asian medical community.
Remember membership is free and anyone can join. We ask that anyone who signs up for your local chapter also joins the national AAPI-YPS chapter (which also makes them a member of the parent AAPI organization). Joining is easy, simply have them navigate to the "Become a member" page.
This is an amazing undertaking and I applaud those of you that are willing to take on the responsibility. It is great experience and we hope it motivates you run for a national board position next year! Please keep in contact with me and let me know how things are working out. We're here to help make your chapter a success.
Another outstanding resource is Anita Shankar (email her), president of the Houston chapter. She has great experience in not only starting a chapter, but keeping it strong.
FOLLOW THE CHECKLIST:
I will return communication to the main contact person (check list item #2) and all the national officers with an announcement of your newly founded chapter once the checklist is complete! Good Luck!
Below is a sample constitution you may use for your new chapter. Of course, feel free to amend and edit to fit your particular chapter's needs.
Please note the following national requirements for any new AAPI Chapter:
a. Name of organization and medical institution.
b. Purpose and Mission. (Article 1)
c. Define eligibility membership (remember national database!) and dues, if any. (Article 2)
d. A non-discriminatory statement. (Article 2)
e. Officer Positions. (Article 3)
f. Committees, if any.
g. Rules of order in conducting business. (Article 3)
h. Bylaws. (Article 4)
SAMPLE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Article I: Purposes and Mission Statement
B: Mission Statement
Article II: Membership
A. Eligibility Requirements
Article III: Officers, Elections, and Government.
The following offices shall be held by any active member of AAPI-YPS who became a member of both the national and local AAPI chapters no later than the academic semester preceding general elections.
Article VI: Amendments to the Constitution.
D. Effective Date
Focus on organizing events that are most interesting to/needed for your particular community
Take advantage of useful resources
Encourage National Membership
Promoting AAPI national membership will help your local chapter by ensuring persons at your school/institution feel connected to the larger group. Membership benefits include receiving the AAPI Journal, getting discounts on AAPI sponsored conferences, and having opportunities to do service project, rotations abroad/in India among others. AAPI after all is nothing more than its members, so promoting membership is important!