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APPNA FIRST "The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price." -- Eugene B. Habecker

Dear APPNA Family:

Assalaam-Alaikum. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve APPNA as its 36th President. It is truly an honor and privilege, however also a tremendous responsibility and I intend to fulfill it to the best of my abilities. APPNA has grown stronger every year due to the extraordinary voluntary contributions of its members. Our predecessors have been an incredible source of inspiration. We carry their work forward with an inordinate sense of pride and purpose.

We want to serve APPNA with integrity and beyond personal or regional interests. It is not about an individual but the organization. As long as we put APPNA FIRST, we will continue to achieve success in whatever we strive for.

I will briefly outline the 8 key projects for 2015:

1. APPNA Telemedicine: Through this program, APPNA Physicians can give advice to physicians in Pakistan and across the world. We have reached an agreement with a company which will provide us free software. We have also identified partners in Pakistan. We are planning to start our pilot very soon.
2. APPNA Committee on Electives: Work is under way to centralize and streamline the Elective Process. We will soon be unveiling an electronic program and resources which will tremendously help medical students’ secure elective positions. We also plan to provide scholarships for doing electives to some of the needy students.
3. APPNA Free Clinics: We plan to establish 3 new APPNA Free Clinics in USA
4. Specialty Networks: More networks are being formed which will help in professional advancement and charity work related to the specialties. Nephrology, Radiology, Pediatrics, Heme/Onc and Pathology are already in progress.
5. Membership Benefits: New benefits are being introduced and provided to members.
6. Long Range Planning Committee: This committee is restructured and very active. The committee has representation from key APPNA leadership and objectives and procedures have been redefined. We anticipate that this committee will play a key role in maintaining continuity of APPNA projects and over see their progress and completion.
7. APPNA Medical Corps: APPNA Medical Corp has been reorganized so that in time of disaster, the physician volunteers can be quickly deployed in an effective and systematic manner. Eventually, the Medical Corps will also be mobilized to provide Medical relief missions at non-disaster times around the world.
8. APPNA Qisa: Work on APPNA Qisa Volume 2 is under way. It will be a historical perspective of APPNA’s activities since last book published in 2004.

I know the above agenda is ambitious. However, I am very fortunate to have a great team of APPNA members working alongside me. They are leaders in their own right and I am sure their commitment and vision in various committees will make these projects successful. I also want to stress that the above projects by no means cover all the incredible work different committees, alumni and chapters are doing and we are very thankful for all their efforts.

Ultimately, the true strength of APPNA lies in its membership who provide a tremendous intellectual and financial capital for APPNA. The utmost value of APPNA is that it offers a platform for its membership to carry on programs that they are passionate about. We urge you to please get involved and participate in APPNA programs. Please be free to contact us at
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Let us work together and make APPNA strong.


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