I welcome you all to the 33rd year of Pakistani-descent Physician’s Society (PPS),founded in 1979 as Pakistani Physician’s Society. PPS became a 501 C3 organization in 2011and opened its doors to Pakistanis-descent graduates from anywhere in the world. Now, more than ever before, it isimperative to enforceaccuracy and transparency of accounts and engage membership in new charitable and educational projects.
It is indeed my honorto serve as yourpresident for 2013. I welcome our very enthusiastic council for this year and thank them for their volunteerism and dedication.
As we progress into the year, my goal is to support ongoing projects, introduce new services and enhance the membership, especially with fresh youth of Pakistani-descent American graduates.
The society takes great pride in providing free healthcare services through PPS/APPNA clinic in Westmont,Illinois. A new clinic building is under construction at APPNA office and will be operational soon. I am thankful to the volunteers who are donating their time and expertise to run the clinic.
Like in the past, we will join forces with APPNA cares Day to provide free hajj vaccination and free flu shots to the patients.
In addition to the supporting CME programs, a broader educational mission of the society is to support young physicians from Pakistan pursuing career in this country. Many come for clinical skill exams in Chicago and others need temporary housing during their observer ships. Our council has launched a pilot project of PPS/APPNA house. This project is solely funded by PPS at present and I strongly urge you for support.
The strength of an organization lies with its membership. PPS membership has been stagnant for the last few yew years. I have a strong belief that the future of PPS lies not only with the new arriving physicians from Pakistan but more importantly with the growing number of American medical graduates of Pakistani-descent. I make a plea to all members to engage young doctors to the society for continued sustenance.
As we eagerly await the upcoming spring meeting in April and the traditional Memorial Day picnic in May, we are planning to host a fundraiser during Ramadan and last but not the least our general body meeting in fall.
I am looking forward to your continued involvement and commitment so that, together, we can help the young physicians and serve those in need of basic healthcare in our own local communities.
Saima Sabah, MD