It is an honor to serve as the President of FAPI (Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) this year and I had the opportunity to serve this organization in various roles in the past. As you all know, FAPI provides a forum for educational, cultural and scientific and charitable activities for FAPI members. We all have witnessed the growth of FAPI and Currently FAPI has 550 members. We have a very strong and dedicated team this year that has already started on ambitious goals for 2019-2020.
We have already started planning an excellent Fall CME program with 8 hours AMA credits to be held at Grand Hyatt, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, on October 26th. This CME program will feature current updates in various subspecialties of Internal Medicine and will include 4 hours of Mandatory CME required for Florida Licensure including medical error, domestic violence, opioid use and human trafficking. Breakfast and Lunch will be served during CME program followed by evening dinner and Diwali gala from 7 PM to 11 PM
We will be rolling our upgraded FAPI website soon which will also have members login section available to members only. Member section will have several enhanced feature including archives of prior FAPI photo memoirs, CME program contents, members directory and all membership privileged information. We will use upgraded website to enhance our communication skills with the physicians and to take your constant feedback from members.
We are expanding counselor-at-large section to include at least 5 members from each county to develop the future FAPI leadership and we have seen a very strong response from the community. We already have 10 active counselors-at-large. FAPI executive committee has approved the position of executive director of FAPI and we are pleased to welcome Mr. Satish Bhat in this role. The team has already begun work to expand strong membership especially reaching out to young physicians. We will work hard to use our collective power, collective voice and collective wisdom to enhance the value of FAPI and we look forward to having your active participation.
Rakesh K. Sharma, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT.