Hello one and all!
It is my pleasure to Welcome you to the 2012 AKMG in Detroit, Michigan!
Being part of the 2nd generation of AKMG I bring to you two different perspectives, my previous experience of growing up with the AKMG community and now my current role as a Malayalee physician in the Michigan community. As a young adult, and growing up in a small town in Illinois, going to the AKMG conventions was a way for me to connect with other Malayalee kids and establish friendships that I still maintain today. All of us have different reasons for coming to these AKMG conventions. My sister and I would to listen in awe when my father used to tell us the stories of his journey to America. From the small village of Vechoor, to medical school life in Kottayam Medical college, and with leaps and bounds (and a $100 in his pocket) he made his way to the land where he would finally establish a medical practice and raise his family. That was his story. And the truth is we ALL have a story. Some of that story, includes the hardships of being in a foreign country, raising children a residents salary and trying to find people who could just understand you. What we learned was that AKMG understood you. At AKMG, there were a thousand versions of my father's story. You were finally able to reconnect with your friends who were now your family in America.
As a 2nd generation AKMG member, we benefit from our parent's experience and an established community that has always been willing to lend out a helping hand. Our voices can be heard from across the country. You can find us in high academic positions in top universities advancing medical science- and you can also find us in small cities in the midwest as the community physician. Wherever we are, we are the face of AKMG. For the past 30 years, this organization has done an extraordinary job of mobilizing Malayalee physicians and their families across the country to reunite for 3 days every summer. These conventions have become much more than a reunion, it has become a way to preserve our culture, to continue our education through the CME lectures, to support our people who come to America and as well as advocate for advanced healthcare in Kerala. These conventions become woven into our lives. AKMG, as an organization has allowed us to understand where we come from and help us pave the way to where we are going.
If you want to reunite with some friends, if you feel like being entertained at our Banquet night, if you want to visit Detroit or if you just want to feel inspired, come join us for the 2012 Detroit AKMG. We look forward to hosting you in our great city!
Parvathy S. Nair M.D
Young AKMG Committee