Home > About Us > Message from the Presidents > September 2016

September 2016

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

At the time when I wrote this message, the first imported case of Zika virus infection was reported in Hong Kong. Fortunately, the patient was then tested negative for the virus and has been discharged. Hong Kong is facing a high risk of importation of Zika virus due to our high volume of international travel. Not only do doctors have to remain vigilant, so does the community. This case reminded us of the pressing need for emergency preparedness.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI) has been playing an important role in providing training on disaster management and promoting community resilience in Hong Kong since its establishment in 2014. In addition to organising our second Annual Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Response on 8 October, HKJC DPRI has been invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to host the 2016 WHO Emergency Medical Teams Global Meeting from 28-30 November. More than 300 participants from over 50 countries are expected to gather on this momentous occasion in Hong Kong to share on governance strategies, recent developments, innovations, and good legal, clinical, technical and operational practice in global medical emergency response. I am sure participants will have thought-provoking discussions and it will be a successful meeting.

For more than two decades, the Academy has been standing firm on our commitment to maintaining high standard of specialist training, and promoting continuing medical education (CME) and continuous professional development (CPD). In an effort to facilitate the implementation of our training programmes, some years ago we developed a web-based platform named the International Network for Continuing Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development (iCMECPD). To further enhance the online services for our Fellows, we deem that the Academy has to move with the times. In view of the growing popularity of smartphones, the Academy has created a mobile application, iCMECPD App. Using the App, Fellows can capture attendance, check records, and view the CME/CPD points and the detailed profile of current cycle anytime, anywhere.

The Academy strives for continuous improvement, so we seek to develop better operational procedures to handle accreditation. Thanks to the efforts by the Secretariat staff, the iCMECPD online system has recently been upgraded to process the accreditation and CME/CPD records. Paperless accreditation procedures will greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness. We are now liaising with College Secretariats and organisers to prepare for the implementation of this new system, which is expected to start in the 2017-19 cycle. I am certain that our Fellows will support and like this new system and App.

To ensure safe and quality patient care, training through simulation has become one of the essentials in our CME/CPD training. By making use of simulators and simulation techniques, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine (HKJC ILCM) provides educational programmes for trainees and specialists on medical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical decision making, and even communication and teamwork. In November, HKJC ILCM will organise the Comprehensive Simulation Educator Course. Participants will learn the basic knowledge and skills to plan and run a simulation-based training course. Through this course, we also hope to cultivate participants’ interest and passion in simulation-based education.

During the past few months, I attended various local and overseas scientific meetings on behalf of the Academy, strengthening our international network. In August, I visited Kuala Lumpur with the Officers and Council Members to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, and participated in the Malaysia-Singapore Congress of Medicine and AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress. I am glad to report that we have renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the counterparts in Malaysia and Singapore to maintain our collaborative relationship to host the Tripartite Congress. It will be the Academy’s turn to host the next session of the Tripartite Congress in Hong Kong.

The remaining months of the year will be a busy time for the Academy with the conferment of our Colleges. May I wish you a pleasant, peaceful, and productive Autumn.

Dr Donald Li

Information for