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March 2020

Dear Fellows and colleagues,

At the beginning of the Chinese New Year, I would like to extend my best wishes to all of you having a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rat!

The new year is off to a challenging start, with the novel coronavirus, which has been declared a public-health emergency of international concern by the WHO, affecting many people around the world. Medical professionals and members of the public are unfortunately facing unprecedented pressure caused by this virus. Especially in these challenging times, we medical professionals have a responsibility to safeguard the health and interest of every patient and the public. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all medical and healthcare workers for their dedication, professionalism, and perseverance to fight against this illness. At the same time, the Academy continues to support the education of Fellows and trainees by facilitating those examinations that require venue relocation. We hope to allow all candidates to pursue their careers as specialists on schedule and to further their contribution to the community.

Meanwhile, I am delighted to report that other projects of the Academy are making good progress. The study on the physical and psychological well-being of local young Fellows and trainees, conducted by the Young Fellows Chapter last year, is currently being analysed. Findings of the survey are targeted to be published in the first half of 2020, allowing us to better understand the aspects and means of sustaining good health and well-being for young doctors in Hong Kong.

2020 is shaping up to be another busy but fruitful year. The Academy will continue to review and refine procedures and systems in order to maintain high standards of supporting services for continuing medical education and continuous professional development. To this end, the Academy is developing an e-Portfolio system – a digital platform with profiles of Academy Fellows and trainees, including but not limited to record of examinations and training and work experience, as well as published journal articles – to help Colleges, Fellows and trainees keep their respective records in a more organised and structural way. Phase 1 of the system, involving fellowship nomination process, is under progressive development and the target launch date will be in the third quarter of this year. In addition, a number of medical events bringing together regional and international medical education experts from multi-disciplines are scheduled. Following the establishment of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee in 2019, the first event “Workshop on Development of Best Practice Guidelines in Genetic and Genomic Medicine” was successfully held last November. A series of enlightening events including talks and seminars are being planned. Moreover, the Medical Education Conference (MEC), one of the flagship events of the Academy, will be held on 30 May this year. This year’s MEC, titled ‘Assessment in Postgraduate Medical Education’, features interactive workshops and inspirational plenaries highlighting the concept of assessment for learning. In addition, the Young Fellows Chapter will organise a symposium to share young doctors’ perspectives on postgraduate assessment. I look forward to seeing you at the MEC in May!

I would also like to welcome all new Fellows who were admitted in December 2019 to the Academy family. You may keep an eye on the Academy’s e-News and website to get the latest updates about the Academy and membership services!

Again, wishing you all a great year ahead!

Prof CS Lau

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