2019

2019

In 2019, PAPANA meeting in San Francisco was also well attended and the progress was made to increase collaboration between Pakistani American and psychiatrists from Pakistan. Unfortunately, due to Corona virus pandemic, the 2020 meeting was virtual and no PAPANA meeting could be organized. Nevertheless, using PAPANA email and website, a new cabinet of mostly young and enthusiastic Pakistani psychiatrists was proposed and approved.

This new cabinet includes Dr. Mujeeb Shad, as the president, Dr. Muhammad Zeshan as the secretary, and Dr. Aalamgeer Ibrahim as the treasurer of PAPANA. In addition, important committees were formed, including residency committee headed by Dr. Manal Khan and supported by Dr. Kiran Khalid, membership committee, chaired by Dr. Salman Majeed and co-chaired by Ahmad Rehan Khan and Fouzia Arain.  Dr. Muhammad Zeshan, Dr. Manal Khan, Dr. Kiran Khalid and Dr. Fauzia Arain have all been actively organizing webinars to help new residency applicants locally and from Pakistan in their residency application process. Dr. Fauzia Arain is in the final stages of developing an official website for PAPANA and plans to upload the membership form and the goals and objectives documents on this website for easier access.  In addition, Dr. Sadiq Naveed and Dr. Ikram Khan were approved to the list of existing list of board of trustees (BOT), including the Chair of BOT, Dr. Iqbal Jangda, Dr. Muntazra Qadri, Dr. Omar Nasib, Dr. Sadiq Hasan, Mehmooda Nasir and Dr. Waheed Bajwa.

Finally, despite current hardships, these are exciting times for PAPANA, since the younger generation of Pakistani psychiatrists have enthusiastically taken over the task to further advance the PAPANA’s mission and its future looks bright.