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April 2017

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

It is my great honour to have been elected as President of the Academy. In this first newsletter message, I would like to begin with my sincere thanks to all fellow Council Members for casting their votes of confidence in me and who have supported me throughout my days as Vice-President (Education and Examinations). Since the day when Immediate Past President Dr Donald Li passed me the presidential badge at our fellowship conferment ceremony last December, I have been working closely with other Officers to discuss the plans forward for the Academy in this term. Here, I am delighted to introduce to you the newly elected Officers, Vice-President (General Affairs) Dr CC Lau, Vice-President (Education and Examinations) Dr Gilberto Leung, Honorary Secretary Professor Henry Chan, Honorary Treasurer Dr YF Chow, and Editor Professor Martin Wong.

Had it not been for all the Past Presidents’ visionary leadership and tireless work over the years, the Academy would not have reached important milestones one after another. During the last four years, Dr Donald Li and other outgoing Officers had led the Academy to accomplish many major initiatives. We have seen the success of establishment of two centres, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine (HKJC ILCM) and Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI), the launch of our iCMECPD mobile application as well as various collaborations with local and overseas organisations such as the World Health Organization and National Health and Family Planning Commission in China. In the coming years, we will build on the strong foundation established by my predecessors, continue to strengthen the initiatives and strive for propelling the Academy to new heights. However, never can this be achieved without the support from our Colleges. I have made plans to visit and meet with all Colleges to seek their opinions on everything about the Academy, particularly about higher specialty training in Hong Kong. I believe this engagement activity would greatly enhance our communication and relationship with the Colleges.

One of my goals as the President is to foster further exchange of clinical knowledge and experience locally and internationally. Besides building strong links with medical colleges and academies worldwide and the two local medical schools, I would actively engage Fellows and trainees to contribute to the continual development of postgraduate clinical training in Hong Kong, as well as other scholarly activities of the Academy.

In line with our mission to promote postgraduate medical education and training, we established the HKJC ILCM for fostering innovative learning strategies and platforms. The Centre houses customdesigned, state-of-the-art facilities for simulation training, and also other educational resources to support the learning needs of Academy Fellows and Members. Recently, the Centre has launched its library service and training equipment loan service, with a view to facilitating the training activities of our Colleges and Fellows.

To enhance the online services for our Fellows, the Academy has developed the iCMECPD mobile application which the system has lately been upgraded for online accreditation function. We have embarked on the process to promote this new online service. I would like to thank the Secretariat staff for their efforts to arrange briefing and demonstration sessions to introduce the new system to College Secretariats and organisers. To move with the times, we deem that it is imperative to implement paperless accreditation procedures for higher efficiency and effectiveness. I trust you will render support to us when we commence the implementation later this year.

The Academy regularly organises educational conferences converging local and overseas educationists to exchange ideas and share experience in clinical training. I am pleased to announce that we will co-organise the 1st International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF-HKAM) with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) at the Academy building on 26 May. We are happy to have Immediate Past President of RCPSC Dr Kevin Imrie and Vice President of World Federation for Medical Education Professor Ducksun Ahn as the plenary speakers. It is indeed our honour to be the co-host of the IMELF-HKAM event in Hong Kong. The IMELF is originally a by-invitation pre-conference programme of RCPSC’s annual International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education. Following the successful IMELF programme held in Canada, this IMELF-HKAM event with the theme on ‘Moderation of Postgraduate Medical Education’ will invite worldwide and regional medical leaders to share invaluable experience and insights into medical education. On the following day, 27 May, we will organise our annual Medical Education Conference (MEC) on the theme ‘Modern Trends in Medical Education’. Our distinguished overseas speakers will include Dr Kevin Imrie and Dr Viren Naik (RCPSC), Professor Ducksun Ahn (World Federation for Medical Education), Mr Carl Matheson (Australian Medical Council) and Professor Kichu Nair (The University of Newcastle). I hope to see you at our MEC event!

I am also glad to report other exciting news about our academic activities. In January, the Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Medical Association to strengthen collaboration in specialist training and other related academic areas. By mid-2017, the HKAM Press will have completed the development of its online manuscript submission system. Furthermore, we are currently discussing with the Hospital Authority (HA) to streamline College postgraduate clinical examination arrangements such as venue, manpower, and procedures regarding inviting HA staff to be examiners, etc.

Apart from my plans to meet with our Colleges mentioned before, I would like to highlight some stakeholder engagement work done during the last few months. To engage with the Government, we maintained regular communication with the relevant departments through meetings to discuss the development of postgraduate medical training, responses to policy consultations including the Policy Address and participation in the tripartite platform about reform of the Medical Council.

We value the suggestions from all our Fellows. In February, we completed a survey, conducted by the Social Sciences Research Centre of The University of Hong Kong, to understand our Fellows’ views about the composition of the Medical Council. The results have been emailed to you and announced on our Facebook Page. We constantly communicate news and updates via our Facebook page. For those who have not yet followed our page, please “like” it and “share” with your friends and colleagues. What is more, with an aim to encourage positive interactions between the Council and younger Fellows, we are working on a scheme to invite them to get more involved in the Academy affairs. Details will be announced in due course.

Another successful engagement activity held was the spring media reception. By organising this annual event, we hope to raise public awareness of our work and maintain a good relationship with the media. My special thanks go to the Immediate Past President and College representatives who delivered the talks and joined the panel discussion, as well as all the participating College Presidents and representatives.

I pledge to do my best to serve the Academy and the medical profession during my term. Needless to say, your advice and support would be vital for us to improve our work. I look forward to meeting you in the year ahead.

Professor CS Lau

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