2017 – Atlanta

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2016 – Las Vegas

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

PLATINUM
Gilead Sciences, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Merrill Lynch

GOLD
Novo Nordisk, New York Life

SILVER
Admiralty Homes, MD Capital & Wealth Management

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2015 – Orlando

There was a panel discussion on “Lessons from Ebola: Preparing for Future Epidemics

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Professor Bruce Ribner (Emory University), Dr Sampson Parker (ex commissioner of Health Rivers State) and Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ex- minister of Health, Nigeria)

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu (EpiAfric), Dr Jide Idris (ex-commissioner of Health Lagos State) and Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri ( CMD, First Consultant Hospital, Lagos)

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The conference continued on Friday, July 10 2015 with workshops and presentations by various speakers. The topics discussed included:

  • Terrorism and Human Casualties
  • Natural Disasters and Burden on Health Care
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ANPA President, Nkem Chukwumerije, presiding over the days event.

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ANPA Florida Chapter Chair, Rosemary Oraedu, introducing the Florida State Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong.

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Dr John Armstrong, Florida State Surgeon General, addressing Conference attendees.

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Dr Kayode Obembe, Nigerian Medical Association President: Emergency Response under National Health Insurance Scheme.

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Nicholas Kman, MD: Evolving a Strategy for Emergency Response to Natural Disaster: Flood, Road Traffic Accidents, Collapsed Buildings, Etc.

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Sam Okpaku, MD, PhD: The Challenges of Victim Re-Integration into Society after Prolonged Captivity.

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Professor Temitope Alonge, CMD, University College Hospital, Ibadan: Leading Improvement Across a Hospital

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Lynn Garofalo-Wright, DPPD, MHA: Understanding Improvement- Waste , Coffee, Waste.

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Kayode Obembe (NMA President) Nkem Chukwumerije (ANPA President)n and Jacob Akoh (MANSAG President)

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The Convention continued on Saturday, July 11, 2015 with several events:

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Ladies Hat and Tea Event.

Other events included:

  • Physician Performance Improvement/Healthcare Management Workshop
  • Membership Forum
  • Residency Applicants Workshop
  • Advocacy Training Workshop
  • Kaplan Test Taking Strategies
  • ANPA Board Meeting
  • ANPA Membership Meeting.
  • Annual Gala Banquet and Silent Auction.

 

Thanks to the ANPA executive Committee, The Programs Committee, and the ANPA Florida Chapter for a successful 2015 Convention.

2014 – Anaheim

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2013 – Charlotte

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2012 – Las Vegas

2011 – Chicago

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2010 – Washington DC

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2009 – Abuja, Nigeria

REPORT ON ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SURGICAL SKILLS TRAINING COURSE IN ABUJA
Fiemu Nwariaku MD, FACS

On July 13-15, 2009, approximately 90 physicians and surgeons attended a 3-day seminar on academic development and surgical skills training at National Hospital Abuja. This joint effort was supported by the Association for Academic Surgery, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson Company), and Afrinvest West Africa. The course was coordinated by ANPA member, Dr. Ben Nwomeh, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and included over 10 faculty members from Nigerian and U.S medical schools including the University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, New York University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Ohio State University, University of Arkansas, Stanford University, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The keynote address was delivered by the President of the West African College of Surgeons, Professor O. O Mbonu.

During the course, course participants listened to lectures on a variety of topics including clinical study design and clinical trials, biostatistics, grant and manuscript writing. On July 15th the session was dedicated to minimally-invasive surgical skills training. Surgeons underwent laparoscopic skills training and had the opportunity to practice those skills using simulator boxes.

The day was capped by a live surgical case performed in Dallas. Course participants in Abuja watched a single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy being performed live at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. They were able to watch the entire procedure and ask questions of the operating surgeon using a live satellite connection between the National Hospital Abuja and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, courtesy of Galaxy Backbone Plc. Galaxy is a publicly owned private company with the mission of expanding internet connectivity in Nigeria. To our knowledge, this was the first demonstration of telesurgery between the U.S. and Nigeria. Course participants rated the course content very highly and noted that this method could greatly assist in building capacity in healthcare in Nigeria. We believe that this seminal event demonstrates the possibilities achievable with modern information and communication technology (ICT) in the healthcare sector and provides a framework for building a robust telemedicine and remote learning capability to improve healthcare in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

2008 – Charlotte

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2007 – Orlando

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2006 – New Brunswick

Presidential Address: Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
New Brunswick, New Jersey
July 8, 2006

Distinguished guests, fellow colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the entire ANPA organization, I want to acknowledge and applaud the servitude, the stewardship and indeed the leadership of our immediate Past President, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor. Having worked with Dr. Okafor on the ANPA Executive Committee over the past four years, I attest to the fact that his insightfulness, his principled leadership and his commitment to the ideals of ANPA have combined in no small way in enabling ANPA to be what it is today.

All ANPA Presidents, stand on the shoulders of its Past Presidents. As such, I acknowledge and applaud the initial Executive Director, and all the Past Presidents of our organization, some of who are in the audience today. These visionary leaders have all individually and collectively shepherded this organization from its inception, though ongoing growing pains, indeed through troubled and turbulent times that on occasion threatened our very existence.

And of course…, I acknowledge and salute our loyal membership that has supported the elected leadership of our organization…, because it is indeed the membership that drives our organization. Indeed, several of this loyal membership has long determined that ongoing ANPA membership is an obligation, and not a choice.

I am humbled as I accept this inauguration as President of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas. The understanding of the several challenges that face us as an organization going forward humbles me. Challenges that we must first be insightful, and introspective enough to identify, acknowledge and then solve. This is a task that we must not fail at for us to remain relevant to our membership and our local communities in the United States, and of course…relevant to our country Nigeria.

As we acknowledge the challenges ahead of us, we must remember to congratulate ourselves on our accomplishments, of which I will highlight just a few.

Firstly, our scientific sessions continue to be educative and vibrant…, providing an intellectual link of commonality between us, and our colleagues from home. Our alumni organizations continue to grow in numbers, providing yet another focal point for professional and social gathering, discourse and fellowship among our members.

Secondly, we continue to engage the Federal Government of Nigeria in meaningful dialogue. Last year at the Inauguration of the annual Abuja Diaspora conference entitled“Bridging the Scientific and Digital Divide between Nigeria and the Diaspora”,ANPA was officially invited by the Federal Government to present a white paper on the Nigerian Health Care System, with suggestions and recommendations for future improvements.

We continue to dialogue on a consultative basis with executives from Nigeria responsible for shaping the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), as that system matures in its attempts to provide health care coverage for Nigerian citizens.

Thirdly, the ANPA Executive Committee is in the final stages of reviewing a Memorandum of Understanding from the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria, formalizing a three-way agreement of partnership between ANPA, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the Nigerian National Volunteer Service. This partnership will facilitate and enhance ANPA’s ability to deliver more efficient medical missions in Nigeria, while also providing a framework for more organized transfer of intellectual capacity to Nigeria.

Fourthly, ANPA has clearly taken a position on economic development of its membership. We continue to provide a forum for discussion of investment opportunities and options not only in the United States, but even more excitingly.., we are learning of viable opportunities for safer and more secure investments in Nigeria though local Nigerian Banks and the Nigerian stock exchange.

There is one final achievement that I would like to highlight. It is well known that the longevity of any organization lies in the nurturing of the generations behind it, with astute planning for ongoing membership. As such, I am especially proud to formally announce the launching of the SANPA, the medical student organization of ANPA launched as initiative birthed as a brain trust from Nigerian medical students at Stanford and Harvard Universities.

The ANPA leadership cannot achieve its organizational goals without extensive mainstream support from its membership. We need more than emotional investment into ANPA. We need financial investment, intellectual investment, and strategic investment. We need engagement from our untapped membership. But to do so…, we must do a better job in articulating the core values of our organization. We need to reverse the paradox whereby less than ten percent of our potential membership is engaged within ANPA. We need to reverse the anomaly where more than ninety percent of our eligible membership identifies little emotional professional, strategic or patriotic connection with ANPA…, or more importantly…, with its potential. We need ANPA members and leaders in our local communities to galvanize local chapters into action…, simply because it is through the strength, growth and commitment of our local chapters that we will enhance the relevance of the national organization.

In conclusion, I commit that my term in office…, working closely and effectively with the ANPA Executive Committee and the ANPA Board of Directors…, will prioritize efforts to take ANPA to even greater levels of accomplishment. We shall strive for optimized operational and organizational efficiency, optimizing communication and information dissemination among our current, and untapped membership. Through the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, I commit that in order for ANPA be more relevant and of more value to our membership…, we shall be focused in our deliberation, concrete in our thinking, and introspective and rational in our decision making.

I appreciate the confidence demonstrated in me by my election to the Presidency of ANPA. I also appreciate the many words of encouragement and support that several of you have voiced at this meeting. I am exhilarated to be a meaningful part of this ongoing process of the stewardship of ANPA. I ask with my deepest sincerity…, that you join me in a partnership to take ANPA closer towards achieving its Mission and its ultimate Vision.

Thank you.
Yele Aluko MD., FACC.
President, Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas

2002 – Atlanta

The Presidential Address; The 8th ANPA Annual Convention

Good evening honored guests, colleagues, ladies, and gentlemen. I am quite honored and humbled to stand before you tonight as the fifth President of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

Seven years ago today, Dr. Iheanacho Emeruwa invited two other fellow physicians and I to his home in Riverside California to discuss the genesis of what we celebrate tonight as the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, ANPA. In the seven years, ANPA grew from an organization that was housed and nurtured in the Emeruwa household to a National Organization with six chapters all across the continental United States, and Canada. ANPA grew from a Mom and Pop operation with a modest budget of $14,325 in 1995 to $630,322 in the year 2002. Put in Acho Emeruwa’s terms ANPA has moved from Coco street in Riverside to Main street USA. One of ANPA’s past Presidents, Dr.S.K.Bosu, a neonatologist by trade used to describe ANPA as a newborn child that needed nurturing and protection. I submit to you tonight, ladies and gentlemen that the Emeruwas have done a marvelous job of nurturing ANPA, and on behalf of the entire membership, I thank you Dr and Mrs. Emeruwa.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it took the collective effort, dedication, and personal sacrifice of particular members and the support of the entire membership to get ANPA to it’s present state today. My admiration and gratitude go to every ANPA member in good standing.

The ANPA directory continues to be a showcase of our members to the world. My thanks to Dr. Shoroye for producing and editing the first three editions of the ANPA directory. It is my hope that by the next publication, every physician listed in the directory shall be a card-carrying, dues-paying ANPA member.

ANPA’s presence on the information superhighway cannot be ignored. Due to the effort and dedication of Drs Nkwocha Oguchi and Kunle Fajana,ANPA has assisted a good number of Nigerian Universities establish internet access and on a small budget of a few hundred dollars have maintained an ANPA website. I’m happy to state that efforts are now underway to expand our website to showcase our activities on an – ongoing basis.

I would, at this juncture, like to thank my immediate predecessor, Dr.Alphonsus Obayuwana for his unwavering dedication to order and the rules of governance. When such dedication invited unfair criticism, he remained steadfast in his belief that while the will of the majority must prevail, the rights and interest of the minority must be guaranteed and protected. He has shown uncommon courage in the discharge of his duties. He personifies the saying that “one with courage is indeed a majority”

Our medical missions have come to define who we are as the Association of Nigerian Physicians. Since the first medical mission in Quaan Pan, Plateau state in 1997,ANPA has conducted no less than twenty five medical expeditions to various parts of Nigeria. In all, an estimated five thousand operative procedures have been performed and about fifty-thousand patients have been treated for various medical conditions. The successes of the medical missions have been due to the dedication and sacrifice of a few members. My sincere gratitude goes to Dr. Festus Dada, the chair of the medical missions committee for having personally participated in no less than six missions, has donated, and continues to donate substantial material, personnel, and financial resources to the medical missions.

Drs Emmanuel Okafor, Eruchalu, Idusuyi, and Ero added a new dimension to the medical missions. In addition to performing surgery and treating patients, these physicians held didactic seminars in their various specialties with local Nigerian physicians and residents, both at the Nsukka teaching hospital and the Benin central hospital. Other members of honorable mention with the medical missions are Drs Oyemade, Umoren, Popoola, Olowopopo, Ganiyu, Odubela, and Dr. Ijeoma Ndukka. My gratitude goes to all these physicians, and to all those who have gone on private medical mission to various parts of Nigeria.

As I mentioned earlier, our medical missions continue to define us. It is our Raison D’etre. It is not our affluence or the academic achievements of our members that appeal to our donors and supporters, rather, it is the values and mission we claim to have. These values imply our adherence to the principle of helping fellow Nigerians and non Nigerians in ways in which we are best equipped. When we depart from these values, we do so at our own peril and risk being irrelevant to the Nigerian cause.

As you know, Nigeria is blessed with with excellence in just about every field of human endeavor, yet we share the unflattering position of being one of the worst in more than a few areas. Up to 45% of of our population has no access to CLEAN drinking water. HIV/AIDS continues to decimate our population especially our younger generation. While developed Nations reap the benefits of modern science and technology, life expectancy continues to decline in Nigeria and in most African countries. I believe that as Physicians, we have a unique advantage by virtue of our common descipline. By our examples and leadership, we can inspire other Nigerian professionals to organize themselves with a single objective of re-creating a healthier and prosperous Nigeria.

One of the tenets of journalism is to record events, but not interfere with the course of those events. Having recorded incredible human suffering all through his years of journalism, his inability to intervene got the best of him, and he committed suicide. As Physicians, on the other hand, the ethics of our profession, as enshrined in the Hippocratic oath that we all took demand that we intervene by any means necessary to improve the the lives of fellow Nigerians.Thank you, and enjoy the evening.

Olusegun. Z. Salako, M.D
President & Chairman, ANPA Inc.