Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Chapter Constitution

Article I--Name

  1. The official name of this Organization shall be the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, hereafter abbreviated as APAMSA.
  2. West Virginia University (WVU) APAMSA is an official Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA).

Article II--Purpose

This Organization shall be guided by the following general principles:

  • To promote the dissemination of information relative to Asian Pacific American issues in the field of medical education;
  • To explore and possibly resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American medical students and physicians;
  • To provide opportunities for Asian Pacific American medical students to give back to their community (i.e.) through service.

Chapter Principles:

  1. To represent Asian Pacific Americans as a group within the health care community at West Virginia University.
  2. To be a resource for information on matters related to Asian Pacific Americans.
  3. To provide a forum for discussion of issues concerning Asian Pacific Americans in health care.
  4. To provide a link between students and faculty of Asian Pacific American background.

Article III--General Nature of the Constitution

  1. (WVU) APAMSA is established as an Organization by this Constitution.
  2. (WVU) APAMSA shall conduct itself according to the provisions of this Constitution, the regulations of West Virginia University, the regulations of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) and the laws of the United States.

Article IV--Membership

  1. The General Membership of (WVU) APAMSA shall consist of students and faculty who are affiliated with (WVU) APAMSA University and who are interested in issues related to Asian Pacific Americans and health care.
  2. (WVU) APAMSA will not deny membership on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Article V--Officers

The offices of (WVU) APAMSA shall be limited to the following:

  1. President: Oversees and facilitates officer and general meetings.  Coordinates events and activities.  Work with other officers to ensure smooth operation of APAMSA and assists officers in their activities when needed.  Upholds the spirit and mission statement of APAMSA.  Serves as the official representative of APAMSA to other organizations and contacts.
  2. Vice President: Shares administrative responsibilities with the president as need and is responsible for filling relevant forms (non-money related).  Assumes responsibilities and duties of presidency in president’s absence.
  3. Treasurer: Responsible for bookkeeping and all monetary transactions for APAMSA programs and activities.  Responsible for regularly updating APAMSA on financial status and budgetary constraints. Coordinates fundraising activities.
  4. Secretary: Records and posts minutes and attendance at officer and general meetings.  Maintains order and agenda schedule.  Publicizes events and meetings.
  5. Social Committee: Responsible for coordinating APAMSA events such as, but not limited to bone marrow drives, Hepatitis B screenings, and guest lecturers.  Present APAMSA poster at MS1 orientation.  Act as a liaison between members and interested non-members.
  6. Webmaster: Maintains and updates APAMSA website with relevant information, upcoming events, and photographs.  Ensures all links and other aspects of the website are functioning and up to date. Maintains listserv and membership on listserv.
  7. Historian: Documents and records all APAMSA events through photos and/ or videos.  Prepares presentations that represent APAMSA activities and members.  These presentations may include booth displays, scrapbooks, etc.
  8. No person may hold more than one office at a time.

Article VI--Faculty Advisor

  1. (WVU) APAMSA shall have one Faculty Advisor.
  2. The Faculty Advisor shall be consulted regularly to discuss and evaluate ongoing and future activities of the Organization.
  3. The selection of the Faculty Advisor shall be done in the following manner:
    1. The permanent officers may nominate any member of the faculty of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, or Epidemiology and Public Health.
    2. Members must be properly notified of the nomination and the time and place of the confirmation vote.
    3. Confirmation of the nominee must be by a three-quarters vote of those present.
  4. The Faculty Advisor may be replaced at any time in the manner outlined above, but otherwise may serve a term of indefinite length until he/she chooses to step down.

Article VII--General Meetings

General Meetings shall be held at least once every 8 weeks during the academic year for the purpose of determining policies, schedules, and other official business and should be publicized appropriately.

Article VIII--Voting

The power to vote shall be accorded to members who fulfill one of the following criteria:

  1. Attendance at least two out of three consecutively held meetings during the current or previous academic year.
  2. Possession, past or present, of an elected position within the organization.

Article IX--Amendments

Once ratified, the Constitution may be amended only in the following manner:

  1. Amendments to the Constitution must be proposed by a member at a General Meeting.
  2. All members must be properly notified of the proposed amendment and the time and place for the scheduled vote.
  3. Final approval of the proposed amendment must be by a three-quarters vote of those present.

Article X-Ratification

This Constitution was ratified by a three-quarters vote of those present at the General Meeting on May 28, 2009.



Elena Nguyen -

Vice President

Mital Patel -


Will Johansen -


Andrew Lu -


Brian Chen -


Mowree Choudhury -


Dr. Wayne Lambert -

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