The Polish American Medical Society of Minnesota (PAMSM) beginnings date back to 2017 when Dr. Zylowski relocated from California, and searched for ideas and company to endure Minnesota winters. She reached out to Dr. Litak. Dr. Zylowska and Dr. Litak started meeting on regular basis, and realized there must be other physicians in similar circumstance. They decided to establish a Polish American Medical Society in Minnesota, as a platform for newcomers to establish roots in the state, promote social and professional relations as well as support Polish and Polish American community.
The Polish American Medical Society of Minnesota was formalized in 2018. We have tax exempt, non profit 501(c)(3) status and donors can deduct contributions they make to PAMSM under IRC Section 170.
Over the past two years, our organization has grown, the membership increased, as we have held regular meetings. We have expanded our activities into supporting educational and cultural initiatives. In November 2018, we sponsored Poland Independence Centennial Celebration Gala at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, an event initiated by one of our members, and co-organized by partnering with many other groups.
2019 the 100th Anniversary of the Grey Samaritans of YWCA, a group of American nurses who went to Poland in 1919 to help with medical and orphan health care under Herbert Hoover American Relief Effort after World War One. It was a nationwide undertaking, with the closest training facilities in Chicago and Milwaukee. The Polish-American Medical Society of Minnesota wanted to recognize YWCA and these brave women.
We also sponsored an art show of a Polish-American impressionist painter, Antoni Beltowski at Alliance Francaise on June 4, 2019 at 6 PM. The show was available till the end of July.
We began networking with other organizations in the US and the world, including the Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago and the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad (FPOM).
Members of our society are actively involved in the Twin Cities medical community at large and other organizations.
Our vision is to continue expanding and strengthening our organization and support individuals interested in pursuing career in medicine.
Katarzyna Litak, M.D.,
April 4, 2019