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March 2016

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous Year of the Monkey. I hope you had a good break as we look forward to another year at the Academy with enthusiasm.

Please join me in welcoming all the new Fellows admitted to the Academy last December. This is just the beginning of a career in your specialty. Continuing medical education and continuous professional development are essential for medical and dental specialists. I am certain that the new generation will lead the Academy into greater heights someday.

The Academy has been bridging and building closer ties with our counterparts in the Mainland China. It is vital that we continue this relationship as we strive to take the lead in postgraduate medical specialist training. A number of events and meetings have been highlighted in the previous issue, and we continue to stem grow our relationships with Mainland China. I attended the 海峽兩岸全科醫學西部論壇 organised by the Cross- Straits Medicine Exchange Association in Chongqing. General practice/family medicine is gaining recognition for its importance in the healthcare system especially in Western China. I was delighted to be able to share my insights on the latest development in general practice training as the Mainland China continue to reform their health system to provide a more sustainable means of healthcare delivery.

I am very grateful for the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HKAM at the end of October 2015. A delegation led by Mr Qin Huaijin, Director-General of Department of Health Science, Technology and Education returned to visit HKAM and Mr Qin confirmed at the meeting that the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education will be the one responsible for the collaboration work with the Academy. Further work meetings will be arranged and we anticipate learning from each other with academic and clinical collaborations and exchanges.

I led a ten-member delegation to Sichuan Province of China from 14 to 17 November 2015 and attended work meetings with NHFPC of Sichuan Province, Chinese National Emergency Medical Team members from Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, and Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction. The role of Mainland China in providing assistance in international humanitarian crises is becoming more significant. The contribution was not only through the dispatch of emergency response teams, but also the provision of various trainings on disaster response locally and overseas. We envisage that the future collaboration between HKAM and NHFPC will continue to contribute to the development of more training programmes and capacity-building of emergency response teams in Mainland China and the region.

Over the past few months, I continue to attend different local and overseas scientific meetings on behalf of the Academy, learning about the latest development in specialist training. I have also shared some of my own experience in the field of Family Medicine training and development at the Annual Academic Meeting of the Committee of General Practice organised by Cross-Straits Medicine Exchange Association, the Annual General Meeting of the Society of General Practice, and the 25th National Assembly & Centennial Anniversary of the Chinese Medical Association.

The New Year is an occasion for the Academy to renew our commitment to continue our active role in quality healthcare provision in Hong Kong through our statutory role in the postgraduate training of doctors and dentists. We also offer our opinion and expertise to the Government on matters related to healthcare and health regulations in Hong Kong. In January, the Academy and its Colleges submitted some collective comments on the Government’s 2016 Policy Address. We welcome all the initiatives of the Government to improve the elderly care and healthcare services in Hong Kong, and at the same time offered some comments on issues, such as the Ten-Year Blueprint for Hospital Development, Primary Care, Mental Health, and the Healthcare Reform (please see full text of the submission on pages 2-4).

Spring is also a good time to enhance core values that bind us all together. A strategic retreat has been scheduled in March 2016 for the Academy Council to deliberate and reflect on key issues with the aim of gathering ideas for the future direction and strategies for the Academy. Council and committee members will be invited to participate and express their views. We will report on the outcome to Fellows in our next issue.

I hope Fellows have managed to refresh yourselves and recharge after the Christmas and New Year holidays, and are ready to meet new challenges in the year ahead.

Dr Donald Li

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