It is an honor to serve as the President of FAPI (Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) this year and I have 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 650 members. We have a very strong and dedicated team this year that has already started on ambitious goals for annual FAPI 2020 to be held at Grand Hyatt, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. As this program falls on the memorial weekend, we are working with the hotel management to get a special weekend package for our members where you will have a great opportunity to learn and enjoy the weekend with your family in the excellent ambience of Grand Hyatt.
We have already started planning an excellent upcoming 6 hours CME program. This CME program will feature current updates in various subspecialties of Internal Medicine and will include 2 hours of Mandatory CME required for Florida Licensure. Breakfast and Lunch will be served during CME program followed by evening dinner gala from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. We are anticipating attendance of 800 and seating will be assigned first come first basis by third party event manager. Therefore, we urge you all to register early for CME program and dinner gala. CME program and all associated events are free for FAPI members. Non-FAPI members can attend CME program with fee of $250.00 which will include CME, breakfast, lunch and dinner gala.
We have launched upgraded FAPI website where member login section is available to members of FAPI. Member section has several enhanced feature including archives of prior FAPI photo memoirs, CME program contents. Member directory and membership privileged information will be added in the near future. We will use upgraded website to enhance our communication skills with the physicians and to take constant feedback from members.
FAPI executive committee is working hard to expand strong membership especially reaching out to young physicians. Collective power, collective voice and collective wisdom enhances the value of FAPI. The Executive committee of FAPI have decided to limit life-membership up to 1000 members and thereafter, it will be an annual membership for new members. So, try to get life membership ASAP while it is available on FAPI website to lock in your lifelong benefits.
On behalf of FAPI members, FAPI executive committee, I thank you for your active participation and look forward to welcome you all at our annual function on May 23rd, 2020 at Grand Hyatt.
Rakesh K. Sharma, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT.