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March 2019

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

2018 was a very busy yet exciting and fruitful year, as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Academy. Following the Anniversary Celebration Kick-off in February last year, a series of events were held successfully throughout the year, including the Medical Education Conference, our firstever intercollegiate basketball tournament, a publicity programme collaborated with RTHK, and in December, the finale 3-day Anniversary Congress, President’s Dinner, and Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner.

The celebrations were not only for looking back on 25 years of achievements but also for looking forward to build a brighter future. As pointed out by Professor Sir David Todd 25 years ago at the Academy’s inauguration ceremony, developments in medicine must take into account the needs of society, changes in demography, expectations of patients, costs of treatment, and maintenance of health. He also concluded in saying that the Academy must have a significant voice in decisions and policies affecting health and medical matters. Our 25th Anniversary theme, “Medical Excellence for a Healthy Future”, echoes this vision. I hope this milestone has served as a call to unite our Fellows and remind all of us to keep working and making things better for the Hong Kong community.

I would like to thank all of you who joined us at our anniversary events, helping us make our silver jubilee memorable. Your support and participation in our activities are crucial and important for us as we move into the next 25 years of medical excellence. We look forward to working together with you in serving the community at large, to pave the way for a brighter and healthier future.

Apart from our big anniversary project, there has been progressive development of collaborations with our partners in recent months. For instance, the Academy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences and renewed the collaboration with the Chinese Medical Association to promote academic collaboration and exchange in medical education. We also had a meeting with the Health and Family Planning Commission of Shenzhen Municipality to begin discussions on the establishment of the Shenzhen–Hong Kong specialist training centre.

We understand that a healthy future relies on a stable workforce to support the health system. During the winter flu surge, I realise that many of you have faced challenges due to the heavy workload. The Academy considers that strategic manpower planning for different specialties is vital to help formulate the most appropriate measures for the future. I am pleased to update you that we are currently working with the Government and relevant parties to commence a specialist manpower projection study. We will keep you posted on the progress of this initiative.
2019 is already in full-swing. In mid-February, we hosted our media spring luncheon. We shared our thoughts on the development of primary healthcare and the government’s “District Health Centres” initiative. I also updated our media friends on the Academy’s upcoming plans, which include our different collaborative projects and work to enhance medical professionalism and ethics. Particularly, we are planning to introduce and set up “Professionalism and Ethics Committee” to foster professional and ethical practice among Fellows and trainees through education, training, and advocacy. In May, we will organise our annual Medical Education Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Curriculum Reform”. Stay tuned for more details!

Lastly, we are now conducting another round of visits to meet with all college councils to seek their opinions. We recognise the importance of communication and engagement, so we also welcome and appreciate views from all our Fellows.

Professor CS Lau

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