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December 2019

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

During autumn, the unrest throughout Hong Kong has not yet abated. As healthcare professionals, it is our duty to uphold quality healthcare and patient safety, even in these challenging times. As always, we will continue to work together, to support and nurture Fellows and trainees.

On 16 October, the Chief Executive delivered the 2019 Policy Address, in which she acknowledged the pressure on Hong Kong’s healthcare system from the aging population and other disruptions. The Academy will facilitate non-locally trained doctors to come to work in Hong Kong under the proposed limited registration scheme. The Academy will support those non-locally trained doctors by providing specialist training, with certain constraints: local graduates should always be given priority, and the training quality must not be jeopardized as a result of the increased workload from the additional trainees. We shall further liaise with the government to ask for resources for other initiatives relating to specialist training.

Over the past year we have successfully strengthened ties with our counterparts throughout Asia. I am proud that we have been able to sign Memoranda of Understanding with the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences last December, and with the Macao Academy of Medicine in July. We have also renewed our agreement with the Chinese Medical Association, and deepened our relationship with Shenzhen Medical Doctor Association, resulting in the establishment of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Medical Specialist Training Centre in July.

In the spirit of building international relationships, we also worked with the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) and the Academy of Medicine of Singapore (AMS) to organize another tripartite congress. Despite being unable to finally realise this goal, the event will proceed as the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Conference & Hong Kong Primary Care Conference 2019, to be held on 6–8 December at the Academy building. We also have lots of local experts who will be presenting their excellent work, including Mr Ricky Chu who will deliver the Halnan Lecture titled “Knocking Down Barriers to Inclusive Healthcare”, and various talks, seminars, and workshops on important issues in primary healthcare.

Also on 6 December, the Academy will hold its AGM and conferment ceremony, as well as the David Todd Oration, delivered this year by Professor John Leong, on “Twice Rendezvous with Hospital Authority”. The Academy will confer a total of 317 new Fellows this year. I hope you will join us in congratulating our new Fellows on their outstanding accomplishments. I look forward to seeing many colleagues at this auspicious occasion.

I extend my best wishes to all of you for the Christmas season, and for the coming New Year.

Prof CS Lau

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