American Chinese Association For
To my esteemed colleagues, future members and honorable guests,
In today’s increasingly volatile world, we need exceptional physicians and health care providers now more than ever. Without a doubt, we must recognize the essential role of the rehabilitation specialist in maximizing recovery from impairment or disability, whether physical, functional, or emotional. Ultimately, rehabilitation should improve the quality of life, either by facilitating the patient’s adaptations to the environment or modifying the environment to meet the patient’s needs.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialty practice is very broad in scope, as the rehabilitation specialist must have the skills to treat acute or chronic illness and injury; to meet the needs of the very young, the very old, and everyone in between; and to handle end-of-life transitions with dignity and compassion. For both patient and practitioner, these challenges are universal; they transcend cultural differences and socioeconomic divisions.
Unfortunately, I have recently experienced the loss of a loved one as the direct result of inadequate rehabilitation. An avoidable post-operative complication led to the needless death of my mother. Her untimely loss heightened my commitment to decreasing the risk of adverse outcomes for others. I can never bring my mother back, but my hope and my belief is that, through the efforts of this organization and its members, we can reduce the pain and suffering of patients and their families, thus contributing to the overall well-being of society.
Our organization is founded by a group of health care providers and individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision of improved rehabilitation medicine in China. It brings together PM&R physicians and other medical specialists with an interest in promoting rehabilitation services. We also welcome specialists in physical, occupational and speech therapy.
This is an international effort, and we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in China as well as other countries. Our goal is to bring together talented health care providers from around the globe and to pool our resources in an attempt to make our world a healthier and more prosperous place in which to live.
We cordially invite you to join us in what we hope and expect will be an historic undertaking to improve the delivery of medicine in China.
Sheila, Xiaohua Jiang, MD, MS
President of ACAPMR.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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