Fostering a spirit of co-operation and advancing global collaborations in relation to the art and science of medicine are core objectives of the Academy, aiming to encourage knowledge exchange and to promote mutual co-operation in medical education and research. The Academy has been establishing tie-ups with colleagues and counterparts regionally and internationally, in which formal working arrangements are entered through memoranda of understanding and collaborative service agreements. The essence of collaborative partnerships may include:
- examinations and assessment;
- curriculum review and reform;
- training programme reviews;
- accreditation services;
- substantial equivalency recognition between CME / CPD programme;
- journal publication;
- conferences / workshops;
- faculty development for medical simulation;
- innovative learning;
- research studies;
- disaster preparedness and response training; and/or
The Academy has been working closely with counterparts in mainland China and Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, giving advice on medical and dental specialist training programmes and accreditation processes.
- Memorandum of Understanding signed with National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (formerly Ministry of Health, and National Health and Family Planning Commission) and its provisional commissions to foster knowledge exchange in structural specialist education and training, participation in various conferences / seminars / meetings, emergency response training, quality assurance and more.
- Shenzhen-Hong Kong Medical Specialist Training Centre established with the Shenzhen Medical Doctors Association to offer expert advice on specialist training and to raise the standard of health services in Shenzhen. The Centre may present an opportunity for trainees from Hong Kong to experience the wide spectrum of clinical cases in China.
- Memorandum of Understanding signed with Chinese Medical Doctor Association and Chinese Medical Association to promote academic collaboration and exchange in medical education, participation in conferences and meetings of each other, and academic publications.
- Knowledge exchanges with the Guangdong Medical Doctor Association, the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, the Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University and other leading institutions during conferences and meetings.
- Training opportunities offered to doctors and training centres in mainland China accredited by some Academy Colleges with mutual agreements made.
- Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Macao Academy of Medicine to continue the association between the two academies in relation to specialist training and postgraduate clinical education, and to offer assistance with examinations and assessments, including the vetting of their found fellows conferred at the inauguration.
Collaborations in the Regions of Asia
An agreement was signed between the Academy, the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, in which all three academies mutually agree to consolidate and strengthen links in the form and substance of the AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress of Medicine. The Tripartite Congress shall continue to be held every 3 years, to be hosted by the three academies as mutually agreed by rotation.
The Academy also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences, which aims to promote academic collaboration and exchange between the two academies through active participation in annual conferences and meetings as well as academic publications.
With Malaysia and Singapore, and Korea and Macao, the Academy is progressively building a network of academies in medicine in Asia.
Affiliation of the Academy with the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities has been changed from that of a Partner to a Member, in recognition of our unique statutory role in organising, monitoring, assessing and accrediting medical and dental specialist training locally.
Being an education arm of the Academy, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine is an affiliate of the Center for Medical Simulation, which is part of the Harvard medical community based in Boston and a leading provider of medical simulation education and training. A collaborative agreement has been signed to set out the assistance from the Center for Medical Simulation to help with faculty and simulation-based training course development, programme review, coaching to improve debriefing skills, attachment to its Visiting Scholar programme.
Substantive Equivalency Recognition between CME / CPD Programmes
The current CME / CPD programmes of Academy Colleges have been deemed substantively equivalent to Maintenance of Certification Programme of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, which is subject to review and renewal. Fellows of the Royal College who are living and practising in Hong Kong can use the CPD programme of Academy Colleges to maintain their membership and Fellowship with the Royal College in Canada without having to additionally participate in the Maintenance of Certification Programme.
The Academy continues to make further exploratory steps towards the substantive equivalency recognition between CME / CPD programmes and activities with overseas colleges and institutions, such as the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Continuing objectives of the Academy through the process are to enable and foster collaboration between CME / CPD programmes, and ensure that the programmes of Academy Colleges are on par with international standards and to exchange views on quality assurance.
Conjoint Examinations with Overseas Colleges
Medical and dental professionals are eager to attain internationally recognised postgraduate medical qualifications. Academy Colleges have made substantial efforts to maintain collaboration on training and conjoint examinations with leading overseas colleges in different forms under mutual agreements.
Conferences and Meetings
The Academy regularly organises educational conferences and seminars converging local and overseas educationists to exchange ideas and share experience in clinical training, examinations and assessments. We are honoured that these events were attended by medical leaders from the World Health Organization, the General Medical Council and Department of Health of the United Kingdom, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and other leading universities and institutions.
In 2017, the 1st International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF-HKAM) titled “Moderation of Postgraduate Medical Education” was co-organised with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Hong Kong. An impressive line-up of world-renowned medical leaders gathered at the Academy Building to share invaluable experience and insights.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute of the Academy has spent tremendous effort in the global emergency medical teams project, partnered with the World Health Organization in classification and capacity building for teams in mainland China, and organised a global meeting at the Academy Building in 2016. Some attending institutions, such as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, are engaged in research on a wide scope of disaster preparedness and response topics.
Representatives from the Academy have been invited to various annual scientific and educational meetings of overseas Colleges to share professional skills and expertise, challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare system and implications, as well as to network with each other.
Reciprocal Use of Leisure Facilities
The well-being of Academy Fellows and specialist trainees remains a primary focus. The Academy has strengthened continued links with the Royal Society of Medicine, allowing reciprocal use of leisure facilities for Fellows and members, including lounge and accommodation as applicable.
Much has been accomplished since the inauguration of the Academy, and a great deal more is in progress or is being planned for the coming years. The Academy welcomes and will continue to consolidate international collaborative efforts in enhancing excellence in specialist medical education and practice through knowledge and expertise sharing leading to the best quality patient-centred care.