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November 2018

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

It is the fourth quarter of the year and our big day is just around the corner. Before I share with you the Academy’s work over the past few months, let me first update you on our Silver Jubilee celebration.

Following the successful kick-off ceremony in February, a series of celebratory events have been organised. The 4th Medical Education Conference, held in May, attracted over 200 participants to discuss cultivation of medical professionalism and research in medicine. During the summer, we organised our first-ever intercollegiate basketball tournament. After seven rounds of thrilling matches, congratulations are due to the champions, the College of Surgeons and the runners-up, the College of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The players, cheerleaders and audience enjoyed the competition so much that they have requested that the Academy make this an annual event. Apart from activities for our Fellows, we are collaborating with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) (“Healthpedia”,《精靈一點》) to launch a 20-week special series with an aim to introduce the work of the Academy and the 15 constituent Colleges, as well as the Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute and Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine. The series is broadcast every Monday from 23 July to 3 December on RTHK TV31 and Radio 1. Do share this with your family, friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, owing to damage caused by the powerful typhoon Mangkhut at the golf courses of the Hong Kong Golf Club, the annual golf tournament has been cancelled. Other than that, activities planned and the preparation work for our finale 25th Anniversary Congress are in full swing. Please remember to register for our congress if you have not yet done so!

Another important and topical subject in the field is the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill that was passed earlier this year. Of particular interest to us are the additional two seats from the Academy in the Medical Council of Hong Kong. Various means to collect views and opinions from our Fellows were organised and a candidate forum was held on 25 July before the election started. The postal ballot ended in August. Congratulations to the two winning candidates, Dr Danny Lee and Dr Cheung Chin Pang, who have joined the Medical Council as members for a 3-year period. We believe they will support the work of the Medical Council in a manner aligned with the Academy’s mission to protect the health of the people of Hong Kong.

We have also witnessed good progress on a number of our collaboration projects over the last few months. First, following the signing in January of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Shenzhen–Hong Kong collaboration on specialist training, we have started conversations with the relevant authorities and organisations in China and Hong Kong on the Academy’s work in the Greater Bay Area. A pilot project on specialist training is being explored, and we will provide more updates in due course. Second, we collaborated with the Chinese Medical Doctor Association at its Summit Forum of China’s Standardised Medical Residency Training, which was held in Beijing in early September. The Academy hosted two sessions at the forum, and representatives from several Colleges (Emergency Medicine, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Physicians and Surgeons) delivered presentations covering their specialist training systems and programmes as well as on current trends in competency-based medical education. This alliance has further fostered knowledge and experience exchange between the Academy and our counterparts in mainland China. More importantly, during the Beijing trip, the Academy delegation met with the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Mr Zhang Xiaoming and Vice Minister of National Health Commission Ms Cui Li to exchange views on specialist training and health care development in China and Hong Kong. This reaffirms our work in mainland China over the years and reinforces the foundations for cooperation in the future.

Back in June, we held a joint press conference with the CUHK Faculty of Medicine, HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and The Hong Kong Medical Association to urge the Government to impose a total ban on electronic cigarettes and other new tobacco products. The Academy is also working with the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health to organise a signatory campaign (www.smokefree.hk/support) on this policy advocacy and has co-signed a submission to the Chief Executive. We should not underestimate the adverse impacts of an emerging epidemic of addiction which is penetrating the younger generation. A total ban is the best policy to prevent the prevalence and associated adverse effects of these tobacco products from becoming uncontrollable. To improve public health, please join us to advocate for a total ban!

As we always stress, the Academy strives to engage Fellows of different generations in our activities. To nurture young leaders in the medical profession, every year we recognise distinguished young Fellows in our Council dinner, the most recent of which was held in September. The Academy also officially formed the Young Fellows Chapter (YFC) in 2017 and the second term started in July. I hope that former YFC members enjoyed working with us and gained useful insights while participating in Academy matters. I trust that, in the new term, the YFC will continue to provide valuable support, which is essential to the sustainable development of the Academy.

Last but not least, we regularly review our house rules and policies related to Fellowship matters, including subscription fees and services, and facility booking. To ensure we are in a healthy financial situation and to enhance the services we provide to our members, the Council deliberated and agreed on an increase of 10% in the annual subscription fee that will be introduced from 2019. The fee has not been adjusted since 2016 and we believe a regular review mechanism for the annual subscription fee is important and justifiable to account for general inflation and foreseeable maintenance work in the coming years.

We are now busily preparing for our big day to celebrate the achievements of the Academy, as well as the hard work of everyone involved over the past 25 years. Do join us in celebrating this significant milestone of the Academy. I hope to see all of you at our finale 25th Anniversary Congress on 7–9 December 2018!

Professor CS Lau
President

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