President’s Message

Vinni Jayam, MD

Vinni Jayam, MD

It is with sense of great pride and humility I accept the responsibility of being the President of AAPI-QLI for 2022.

Starting with aa small group of visionary physicians of Indian origin in the summer of 1995, AAPI-QLI took shape with a goal of representing the interests of all physicians of Indian origin in the Queens and Long Island area. The power of its purpose was so strong that it went on to become the largest ethnic physician organization in New York, consisting of approximately 850 members. It is now the largest chapter of AAPI in the United States.

The steadfast leadership and dedicated efforts, starting from our visionary founding members, past presidents, all the way to the concluding year office bearers has kept this organization not only active, vibrant, responsive but also stay relevant to the changing times. Their effort remains a source of great pride and inspiration to me.

The conduct of the organization is primarily three pronged. The most important is Education.  We  provide  our  patrons  exposure  to  cutting  edge  practice  of  medicine during our various monthly educational programs, concluding with our Annual CME Symposium towards the end of the year. This year, we intent to release a monthly Newsletter to showcase our activities and provide useful and relevant medicalinformation to our patron members. AAPI-QLI has supported Medical Students of Indian Origin by sponsoring Summer Scholarships at the Hofstra Medical School for several years. It will be our effort to find internship opportunities to aspiring medical students in the area and help them with their admissions to residency programs. We have conducted several research competitions to encourage medical research.

The second prong of our effort is Service to the Community. AAPI-QLI not only conducted Health camps, Blood drives, but also provided free flu vaccines, eye care, dental care, and preventive medical care to the poor and needy in the community. We undertook obesity awareness campaigns for schools and Veterans of our nation. During the testing times of COVID, AAPIQLI spearheaded a community movement in collaboration with several local organizations to provide education, medications, tests to the people and provide food for the health care workers.

Charity is the third pillar that defines our efforts. AAPIQLI has been steadfast in providing charitable relief to numerous organizations, food kitchens, senior care centers both locally and beyond. 

Culturally, AAPIQLI is an integral part of the society of Long Island. It engages in activities in collaboration with local cultural organizations such as IALI, AIA, TLCA etc. We sponsor India Fest, Deepavali Celebrations at South Street Seaport, celebrating the rich and diverse culture of India.

I am proud to represent such a diverse yet cohesive, tradition minded yet forward thinking organization.

I look forward to engaging with each one of you in creating a productive and meaningful year ahead for all of us and AAPIQLI.

Cheers,
Vinni Jayam, MD, FACC