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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President for CT-APPNA Chapter. As you know, the Connecticut Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (CT-APPNA) is an affiliate of APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America) as a charter member. CT-APPNA has been active since 2005 and has been moving forward in small steps over the last several years. The goal of CT-APPNA is to provide the platform in Connecticut for the established and young physicians of Pakistani origin to interact with each other academically, culturally and socially, and to help empower our youth. This platform also hopes to serve as a strong united front for us through which we can make our voices heard locally and nationally. I am thankful to Dr. Inam Kureshi and Dr. Salman Zafar, who have volunteered to represent CT-APPNA for advocacy at state and federal level with Central APPNA.

CT-APPNA has been involved in various activities and holds an annual Pakistan Day event in August. We have had nationally renowned speakers who have highlighted the cultural conflicts and identity crises challenging our youth today as well as the economic challenges facing our motherland, Pakistan. CT-APPNA has been involved with USPAK Foundation in organizing youth leadership programs to empower our youth with events locally and in Washington DC, with trips to the US Capitol and interaction with Congressmen and Senators. We have helped our local Nepali community during the tough time of the Nepal earthquake, partnering with APPNA and the Helping Hands organization with local fundraising. Our chapter founding President Dr. Atique Mirza has had an observership program through St. Francis Hospital to help young Pakistani physicians with having US experience to help them in getting into residency positions for the past several years. We would like to organize and expand this program further in the current year.

I look forward to working with the CT-APPNA leadership team and with the CT-APPNA membership to make our organization more vibrant and effective in meeting the needs of our local physician community, young physicians and our youth.

Faryal S. Mirza, M.D., F.A.C.E.