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November 2014

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

We have been in period of civil unrest with public disorder which unfortunately has been affecting the livelihood and convenience of many. We should remain respectful to each and everyone’s views and we should not let our differences tear the medical profession apart. The true mark of a civil society is when those with opposite ways of thinking can come together in solidarity as a community. The Academy upholds that the most important mission of healthcare workers is to dedicate our lives’ work to protecting and improving lives. Being a Fellow of the College, our obligation is to maintain delivery of the highest standards of healthcare and ensure patient safety. We do it through working hard for improvement and to achieve core competencies while striving for excellence. In response to the present challenging situation, various Colleges have demonstrated preparedness by formulating guidelines to cope with the result of mass gatherings, the physical and mental impact of civil unrest. We have not publicised any of these but will be ready to give advice when called upon.

The Academy is in a unique position to produce the best future specialist leaders. Simulation is providing us with another option to continue to learn new skills and is increasingly becoming more prevalent in healthcare education. Throughout the year, different simulation courses have been offered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine. We aim to provide a zero-risk clinical environment to support specialists’ continuous professional development by using the innovative simulation-based training facilities at the Academy.

Following an establishment launch in August this year, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI) has started its operation officially on 1 November 2014. Its headquarters is located on the 9/F of the Academy building. A simple but significant ceremony was held on 31 October 2014 to commence its operation. Representatives from the HKJC, specialty colleges, key collaborators, and supporting organisations of HKJC DPRI graced us with their presence, providing great encouragement.

With a funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, HKJC DPRI is committed to establish Hong Kong as a regional and international leader in disaster preparedness and response training, and to promote local community resilience. A five years’ well-structured and well-planned programme will be executed to train healthcare professional, NGOs and members of the community. Ongoing professional education and networking platform will be provided, enabling meaningful discussions related to policy development and accreditation.

We also look forward to future collaboration and exchanges between the HKJC DPRI and the HKSAR Government to enhance disaster preparedness and response in Hong Kong. This newly established venture will add a new dimension to public perception of the Academy. We will not be merely the statutory medical specialist accreditation body, but hopefully our new venture HKJC DPRI can become an institute that provides world-class standard disaster management solutions. We are all on alert with the Ebola epidemic which is a difficult crisis to be addressed requiring preparedness and humanitarian programmes that are smart, standardised, and appropriately scaled and managed. As a first project, HKJC DPRI will be holding an Ebola preparedness workshop and information session in collaboration with the Center for Health Protection and the Hong Kong Medical Association in late November.

The 21st Annual Conferment Ceremony cum 2014 David Todd Oration will be held on 19 December 2014. This year, the Academy will be conferring a total of 121 new Fellows. An Honorary Fellowship will be awarded to Prof Rosie Young, GBS, JP, in recognition of her distinguished achievements and remarkable contributions to quality healthcare services. I look forward to congratulating our new Fellows on their outstanding accomplishments and catching up with colleagues at this momentous occasion.

May I wish you a pleasant, peaceful, and productive autumn season, and we look forward to a prosperous 2015 new year.

Dr Donald Li

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