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Dr. Wei: REWARDS & CHALLENGES OF CMGs/CAPs
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REWARDS & CHALLENGES OF CMGs/CAPs

Huachen Wei, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.D
Former President of ACAP (Term 2004-06)
Professor of Dermatology
Director of Dermatology Research Laboratories
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY 10029, USA


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Key Points:

1. Find an organization for professional guidance and career development

2. Be fully prepared for your residency training: a turning point of life



Join ACAP!

1. To foster a professional community in practice of medicine for CAPs
2. To provide opportunities for education & professional development
3. To promote networking for academic activities & patient care
4. To provide platform for CMGs/CAPs to share experiences in training & practice


Advantages for CMGs:

1. Higher education level: 30% MD/Ph.D, majority of CMGs with MS degree

2. Research experience with track record

3. Pre-existing clinical experience


Disadvantages for CMGs:

1. Unfamiliarity with US clinical systems

2. Lack of standardized residency training

3. Long-term Absence of clinical practice (> 3 yr)

4. Exaggerated ego/ weak language skills


How to Prepare (1):

1. Join ACAP: an organization specifically for physicians with Chinese heritage
2. Share experiences on training, what to do, and not to do, etc. in each specialty
3. Provide educational programs for new residents, fellowship, CAP seeking for
jobs in academic institutes, group/solo practice
4. Offer pre-residency observership to ACAP members


How to Prepare (2):

1. Observership (3 months or more) is highly recommended
2. Hand on experience with Mentor with Chinese background
3. Familiarize yourself with US systems, order, work-up guidelines, consultation
requests, commonly used brand names


Conclusions:

1. CMG should be proud of our Chinese cultural heritage.

2. You can do as well as AMGs!

3. ACAP: A dream home for CMGs/CAPs.

4. Join ACAP today!

5. Be fully prepared for your residency.

6. Do a observership with ACAP mentor!

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About Dr. Wei:

Huachen Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Huachen Wei is a tenured Professor of Dermatology, Director of Dermatology Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a chief of dermatology service at Queens Hospital Center.

Dr. Wei obtained his MD from Shandong Medical University, his MPH from Beijing Medical University, and his Ph.D. from New York University in 1991. He served as an Assistant Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1992-1995, and joined Mount Sinai as an Associate Professor of Dermatology in 1995. He completed his internship and Dermatology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital.

He has published over 150 scientific papers and abstracts on basic and clinical sciences, and has received over 30 research grants from various agencies, including 5 National Institute of Health (NIH) R01 research awards. He was the recipient of the prestigious awards from American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, and Nelson Paul Anderson memorial award from Pacific Dermatology Association.

Dr. Wei is board certified dermatologist with a practice at Elmhurst, New York. He is currently serving as the president of ACAP for the term of 2004-2006.

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