Message from the President, G. Tang, October 2006


Dear Fellows,

I hope you have had a pleasant and refreshing summer.


As my tenure for the current presidency is coming to an end, I would like to report to you the work that the Council and I have done thus far. For the "deeper collaboration with China", the Academy has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health (MOH) regarding accreditation, training and registration of specialists in the Mainland. This is a monumental task that the HKSAR medical profession can do for the motherland. This is recognition of the standard we have set for our postgraduate medical training and lifelong learning. We can be truly proud of our achievements. The work ahead with MOH is going to be challenging, and the Academy shall call on Colleges and Fellows to participate. I can see that through such interaction, there will be ample opportunities for bilateral training exchanges which will be conducive to the accrual of experience particularly for our young Fellows. I would like to reiterate that the exchange is only for training and education, and not for the right to practise in the SAR.


Regarding CME/CPD, there has been alignment of credits so as to form a fixed cycle for every Fellow for the ease of administration, particularly should CME become a requirement for the practicing certificate. Much has been discussed about CPD and many Colleges have formulated the kinds of CPD activities relevant to their specialties. More importantly, the CPD activities must be relevant to the individual Fellow’s practice for it to be helpful in improving his/her provision of health-care. The choice of such activities rests with the Fellow, but the provision of the activities must come from the Colleges. Research into CPD and knowledge translation remains challenges that the Academy and educational organisations must take on.


The Academy has discussed on manpower planning for the HKSAR. It is a difficult and daunting task. There is a clash between the number to train and the number for services. On top of that, there is a number for the public service and a number for the private service. These numbers are ever changing. I am of the view that the training number must be larger than the service number, for it takes time to fulfil the training, and the mobility of our young Fellows can be far and wide. Our job is to train them well. The manpower planning figures shall be released as soon as possible.


The medical profession has been faced with a number of issues recently. These include the Healthcare Maintenance Organisations (HMO), the medical insurance fees, the judicial review etc. These are not exactly under the purview of the Academy, but I am sure many of the Fellows are actively involved in them. Whatever may be the level of involvement, the objects of the Academy as stipulated in the Academy Ordinance — upholding the standard of medical and dental practice — is what your Academy shall stand by.



In harmony we serve,

Professor Grace Tang