Message from the President, Prof. Raymond Liang, January 2011


Dear Fellows,

After years of preparation, the First Tripartite Congress of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and Academy of Medicine, Singapore, was successfully held in our Academy Building on 12-14 November 2010. The meeting was attended by over 300 participants from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and other overseas registrants. Dr the Honourable York Chow graced the Opening Ceremony with his presence and a short speech. During the Congress, Councils of the three Academies had a joint Council meeting to share views and experience on Training and Continuing Medical Education. This was a very good start. This Congress will be organised every three years in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. The next Tripartite Congress will be held in Singapore in 2013.

We recognise anti-smoking is a common goal of all member Colleges of the Academy. With great support from the Department of Health, the Council has formed an expert panel on “Management of Tobacco Dependence”. It is chaired by our Vice-President Dr Donald Li and participated by all our 15 constituent Colleges. A Charter signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2010 during the Tripartite Congress. Presidents or representatives of all our Colleges were there to pledge their support. The ceremony was witnessed by over 150 local and overseas guests. The panel will be working closely with the Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health. Please let us know if you also wish to contribute to this effort.

After serving for six years, Dr Richard Kay has recently retired from the Editorship of the Academy. We appreciate very much his great contribution to the successful publishing of our Hong Kong Medical Journal and the running of our Press Office over the years. Thank you, Richard! We also welcome our new Editor, Professor Ignatius Yu. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Hong Kong Medical Journal for many years and we are very pleased that he has agreed to make further contribution to the Academy.

I wish you all a very successful Year of 2011!

Professor Raymond Liang