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July 2015

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

Summer is here! It’s getting hot and humid. I urge everyone to take care of themselves and their families by keeping well hydrated and staying cool (body and mind).

To maintain consistently high-quality professional care requires, among many other factors, good medical leadership and good team leaders in professional activities. From my own observations and experience as President of the Academy, I would say that transformative, or transformational, leadership is an indispensable feature in networked and globally aware organisations today. At the International Medical Leaders Forum 2015 organised by the World Federation of Medical Managers (WFMM), I had the chance to speak to local and international participants, emphasising the urgent need for clear, coordinated, and time-sensitive leadership structures to maximise quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction.

In light of the recent MERS cases taking place in South Korea. Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man has taken lead to implement a new mechanism to notify travellers of health risks.

In May, I led a delegation to visit the simulation training centre at the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston to explore closer collaboration between HKAM and CMS in medical simulation training and education. During the visit, I was invited to unveil a plaque of the Observation Room which is dedicated to HKAM for our support and collaboration with the CMS. The delegation also paid a visit to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and met with Dean Julio Frenk, as well as Members of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Progress on the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI) project was updated at a lunch meeting, and we expect even closer working relationship between HKJC DPRI and Harvard. The delegation ended the visit with a meeting with Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, Dr Atul Gawande. Ariadne Labs is committed to creating scalable healthcare solutions that produce better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. Dr Gawande is famous for his work in enhancing safety during surgery by the use of the ‘check list’. His recent book Being Mortal which is not only about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy. He will visit the Academy on 12 November 2015 and give us a lecture on “Medicine and What Matters in the End”. We look forward to the talk.

HKJC DPRI is an important component of our Academy, with a mission of advancing disaster preparedness and response training in Hong Kong and beyond. The Institute, partnering with the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, will be hosting the 1st Annual Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Response to be held on 30 October – 1 November 2015. The theme is “From Community to Emergency Room”. We are all very excited to witness the progress led by Dr Kevin Hung and his team. Kevin has worked very hard to plan an exciting scientific programme for you. Please mark your diary and join us for this important event.

I am sure many of you will be taking a well-deserved summer holiday! Have a great time!

Dr Donald Li

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