I was honored to be the chief guest at the inaugural charity gala hosted by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Texas Indo-Physicians Society Southwest Chapter and the India Association of San Antonio. The San Antonio event, entitled "Dancing for the Millions-Jai Ho," was a mix of Indian cultures with the Southwest.

Using the theme from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire and song, "Jai Ho" (may you be victorious), the event highlighted dancing from India and Mexico, interspersed with presentations by AAPI President Vinod Shah, MD; a representative from the lead sponsor Lone Star National Bank; and myself representing the AMA. The dance styles included Indian folk, hip hop, salsa, flamenco and Bollywood. Jayesh Shah, MD, treasurer of AAPI and chair of the AMA International Medical Graduates Section, was the driving force that made the event a wonderful success.

The event's beneficiaries are patients who receive medical care in free medical clinics in India (17) and the United States (10, including one in San Antonio) which are supported by AAPI and TIPS-SW. As I discussed the important role international medical graduates play in the AMA, it was clear that we share a common bond in caring for patients.

Humanity is our patient. It was fitting that the final dance was based on the Maya Angelo poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." It represented the cry of those whose lives are devastated by natural disasters and unnatural infliction of suffering by humans on each other.

Though the AMA is working toward reforming the American health care system and providing health insurance coverage to more individuals, the reality is that all individuals who live in the United States will not be covered. Free clinics will still be needed, especially in geographic areas where expanded health insurance coverage will still leave gaps due to individual legal status or choice.

Until later...

Dr. James Rohack on AMA Blog..

“Jayesh Shah, a leader with a compelling vision, has a facilitative leadership style to shape up consensus. His dedication, passion, and service to organized medicine are unparallel. He is a beacon for young physicians.”

Dr. Vijay Koli
Past President, AAPI
Past President, BCMS

“Once in a while a leader emerges amidst many hardworking dedicated individuals. I believe that Jayesh Shah is one such individual with the passion to serve. We as a group should clinch the moment”

Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy
Past Chair, Board of Trustee,AAPI
Past President, BCMS

"Jay is young physician with extraordinary energy, drive and love for medical profession and has good record of service to the Texas Medical Association "

Dr. Josie Williams
TMA President

“Dr Shah is a highly respected clinician and visionary leader in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. He is a valued member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and a founding member of the Hyperbaric Society of India."

Dr. Paul Sheffield
Past President
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

“As a young physician leader, Jayesh Shah is an incredible mentor, who is able to not only accomplish great tasks, but also able to unite and bridge physicians from all spectrums of age, training and walks of life. Jayesh continues to selflessly devote himself to the growth of the Indian physician community-whether locally in TIPS or AAPI.

Dr. Sharvari Parghi
Vice President, TIPS SW Chapter
Past Vice- President, YPS, AAPI

“I have known Jayesh for the last year or so. During this time I have had an opportunity to know him in different capacities. His resume illustrates his consistent and effective leadership roles. I have personally experienced his leadership qualities, hard work, big heart, tireless attempt at helping people.”

Dr. Bhushan Pandya
President, MAMCOAANA

“Jayesh Shah is an effective communicator with knowledge, experience and passion to address diverse IMG issues, like physician equality and fairness. Jayesh will use his experience, and leadership skills to bring new enthusiasm, creativity and a balanced perspective to AAPI.”

Dr. Nick Shroff
AAPI Charitable Foundation.
Past TMA IMG section Chair

“Jayesh's commitment to serve AAPI is unquestionable and We are happy to support his candidancy.”

Dr. Ajeet Kothari
Past President of Baroda Medical College Alumini and
Dr. Madhu Parikh
Executive Director of Baroda Medical College Alumini

"Jayesh is an incredibly dynamic and driven individual. He truly understands leadership and knows when to take action. I find him to be an inspiration for our community of Indian physicians."

Dr. Apurv Gupta
Past President,
Indian Medical Association of New England

"Dr. Jayesh Shah has unique leadership qualities. He is not only hard working but is also a team player and conscensus builder.He is an open minded person. He showed exceptional leadership abilities in advancing IMG physician issues at American Medical Association"

Dr. Venkat K.Rao.
Past Chairman,
IMG Section, AMA

"People need a helping hand to gain success many times, and with no reservations I can say Dr Jayesh Shah is most important person in my success.
Mini-externship program, initiated by Dr Shah helped me and many international medical graduates in gaining US clinical experience and helped in getting into residency programs.
He is a most insightful, selfless, helping man who can do any work with utmost ease. "

Dr. Niranjan Banda
Maricopa Medical Center

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