Table of Contents Message from the Authors
Our Team | 2018-19
Involvement in AMSA International and IFMSA
Individualsâ€™ International Involvement
Awards and Recognition
Achievements and Advancements
The Way Forward
Statement of Expenses
Message from the Authors One year ago, the newly formed AMSAHK Executive Committee put pen to paper and spelt out the vision that we strived “to bring about the blossoming of awareness, knowledge, and experiences among our peers, to be instruments working towards accessible and equitable healthcare, and to utilise international opportunities to broaden our horizons and outlooks as global citizens and future leaders.'' As our tenure concludes and we finally reach a point where we can look back with objectivity, we are simultaneously proud and humbled to see we have continued AMSAHK’s legacy and taken our Association to new heights. This year, we have defied borders and conventions to contribute to change, and our efforts have continued to be appreciated by a global audience. International recognition: Our programs and activities continued to be validated on international platforms. Our Academic Department and Standing Committee on Public Health won first places at the East Asian Medical Students’ Conference’s Scientific Poster and White Paper Competitions respectively, and our Mental Health Project placed third among over 70 entries in the Rex Crossley Awards at the August Meeting 2019. We also expanded the scope of Hong Kong’s international representation, coming together with fellow medical student organisations such as Medical Outreachers and Faculty or College Medical Societies to showcase projects and collaborate on activities. Social engagement: We feel that it is our responsibility as future healthcare professionals and leaders to never shy away from the complexity of social awareness. As a result, we published and delivered official statements to address a variety of important health-related social issues in Hong Kong, such as Ecigarette usage and the violation of human rights during protests and demonstrations. Global enrichment: Our pool of IFMSA trainers has continued to expand, bringing capacity building closer to our medical student body than ever before. We also took part in conferences and opportunities under AMSA-International and IFMSA, among them notably ACTION, or “Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Natural Disaster, and Refugee Management”, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This year also marked different exciting new endeavours and milestones for our Association and for Hong Kong. APRM: The Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2019 was hosted in Hong Kong from June 23-27, bringing together medical students from all over the region unified by a common dedication to global healthcare. The first ever Health Innovation Challenge also took place as part of the conference, where students from a wide range of backgrounds had the opportunities to work with and learn from elite professionals in medicine and entrepreneurship. MedBridge: This year marked the debut of MedBridge, a program providing prospective medical students with the chance to connect with and receive feedback and advice from current students; the program included workshops targeting different areas within the application process, and simulations of the two facultiesâ€™ interviews. Moreover, we published the second edition of Medthoscope, which hopes to complement our flagship programme MedStart in providing detailed insights into the medical journey. None of these accomplishments and milestones could have been possible without the vision of and foundation laid down by previous generations of AMSAHK committee members, and the hard work and diligence of the entire 2018-19 Executive Committee. In the coming year, we look forward to continuing expanding and pushing forward in our scope of work with a revised Committee structure, and the addition of a Capacity Building Assistant. We are also beyond thrilled to finally bring the Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV&AIDS (SCORA) to Hong Kong, one of the six main pillars of IFMSA. All this marks a symbolic step towards further realising our vision to serve the medical student and local communities. It has been an absolute privilege to have taken on the roles of leadership in AMSAHK and we are excited to continue to witness the growth of this organisation; the dedication and passion of the new Executive Committee are unequivocal and contagious, and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.
Mathew Chow President 2018-19
Anson Tong Vice-President (NMOP) 2018-19
Charlotte Wun Vice-President (RC) 2018-19
About Us The Asian Medical Students' Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK) is the first student organisation jointly run by medical students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. We are one of the founding members of the Asian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) International, as well as an Associate Member of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). Being the largest joint-university medical students' association, AMSAHK not only unifies local medical students from both universities, but also connects local medical students with those in other parts of the world through our international affiliations, especially in conferences and exchanges. We serve as a bridge between medical students and healthcare professionals, by actively contributing towards health promotion and policy making. Through increasing international exposure of medical students, AMSAHK advocates the importance of scientific research, global exchange, public health, medical education, human rights and peace, and sexual and reproductive health. We strive to equip our peers with the expertise and dedication to serve the wider community in their future careers.â€Š
Our Team | 2018-19 Consisting of Leadership, 4 Operations Departments, and 5 Project Departments, AMSAHK is a big family of 44 members from different backgrounds and with various talents.
Finance and Administration Dept. (FAD)
Information and Technology Dept. (ITD)
Publications and Promotions Dept. (PnP)
Public Relations Dept. (PR)
Academic Dept. (ACAD)
Standing Committee on Exchange (SCOE)
Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)
Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)
Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP)â€©
Our Projects â€© SCOME: Breaking the Silence
SCORP: Disabilities Awareness Week
Inauguration Activities Fair
SCOPH: #CareforRare Campaign
SCORP: Disaster Medicine Workshop
â€© SCOME: Sex SCORP: LGBTQ+ Education Workshop Workshop MedStart
SCOME: Mental Health Month
SCOPH: Sexual Violence Awareness Project
Dr. Dogs Days
Crisis Negotiation Sexual Violence in Medical Workshop Settings Workshop
Inauguration The start of an amazing new tenure with the AMSAHK Executive Committee 2018-19â€©
Goals and Objectives The annual inauguration ceremony marks the leadership handover from the outgoing to incoming executive committee of AMSAHK. It is a memorable moment in which achievements of past executive members are recognised and journey of new members begins. The vision of AMSAHK is reinforced and aspirations are set in this particular occasion.
Description of Activity The inauguration ceremony for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee was held on 17 November, 2018. Highlights of the event include inspiring speeches from guests of honour, year end report by outgoing president, leadership handover, ribbon cutting ceremony, and inaugural address by the incoming president. Many student organisations and medical faculty staff members came to support the event. Executive members had golden opportunity to mingle with and speak to these students and staff in the refreshment session immediately after the ceremony.Â
Outcomes of Activity Executive committee members, teaching staff and student organisations alike enjoyed this momentous occasion. An activities fair was also held after the ceremony, in which executive committee members had the opportunity to present their past initiatives, current projects and future plans with other members of the medical community. It served as a chance for medical student bodies from both schools to discuss potential new joint initiatives to benefit the wider community. Â
Guest Speakers and Guests of Honour
Prof. Nivritti G. Patil -Â Honorary Clinical Professor, HKU Dr. Brian H.Y. Chung - Clinical Associate Professor, HKU Dr. Abraham K.C. Wai - Clinical Assistant Professor, HKU Dr. Nicholas S. K. Fung - Resident Specialist of Ophthalmology, HKU Dr. Christopher Y. H. See - Lecturer, HKU Ms. Judy Law - Student Wellness Counsellor, HKU Dr. Ann S. N. Lau - Assistant Director (Undergraduate Education), CUHK Prof. Roger Y. N. Chung - Assistant Professor, CUHK Dr. Isabel S. S. Hwang - Senior Lecturer, CUHK Dr. Sara M. Bergstresser - Lecturer, CUHK Dr. Sam H. K. Poon - Lecturer, CUHK Ms. Winnie Chan - Faculty Student Counsellor, CUHK Ms. Margaret Cheung - Faculty Secretary, CUHKs
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Breaking the Silence (BTS)
Goals and Objectives 1. Raise awareness and develop the empathy of medical students towards the difficulties that the deaf face in healthcare; 2. Provide medical students with an opportunity to learn sign language; 3. Equip future medical professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge & understanding to communicate & build rapport with deaf patients; 4. Increase visibility of existing opportunities to support the CSLDS and the deaf among the local medical student community.
Description of Activity This course, which is loosely based on the CSLDS Basic Sign Language Course Part I, aims to teach participants foundation sign language and useful medical terms such as symptoms and body parts. By doing so, participants will learn daily communication signs, and also medical terms to improve doctor-patient relations and reduce the inconvenience of an external interpreter during consultation. Due to time constraints and the historical background of sign language in Hong Kong, it is not very feasible or effective to learn advanced medical signs. A significant portion of people with hearing impairment in Hong Kong did not learn the standardised HK sign language, and instead lip-read and utilise their secondary school level of literacy to understand medical information. "Breaking the Silenceâ€? has been emulated by NMOs in other countries, such as LaMSA Latvia, bvmd Germany, FASMR Romania, and SloMSIC Slovenia, and has also been met with great success.â€Š
Outcomes of Activity The course was attended by 28 medical students from both universities, mostly from pre-clinical years. It was met with excellent feedback from participants and the mutual wish from CSLDS and our Association to continue this purposeful course in years to come. After the workshops… • 100% of participants believed that healthcare needs to be made more easily accessible for hearing impaired patients (as opposed to 93% prior to the workshops); • 90% of participants were confident in describing the difficulties faced by hearing impaired persons in daily life (as opposed to 20% prior to the workshops); • 90% of participants were confident in describing the difficulties faced by hearing impaired persons in healthcare settings (as opposed to 14.3% prior to the workshops); • 60% of participants were confident in describing the social support, educational and healthcare services available for hearing impaired persons (as opposed to 20% prior to the workshops); • 60% of participants were confident in making use of simple sign language to communicate with hearing impaired persons (as opposed to 3.6% prior to the workshops); • 100% of participants believed that doctors in HK are not trained to communicate with hearing impaired persons well enough (as opposed to 82.1% prior to the workshops). Most participants enjoyed the course as it was taught by teachers that were deaf and it was very interactive.
Partners and Guest Speakers CUHK Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS)
Human Rights and Peace
Disabilities Awareness Week #DifferentlyAbleâ€©
Goals and Objectives 1. Dispel harmful misconception of disabled persons in the public sphere: 1. Educate the general public on the various disabilities — mental, visual, auditory, etc. — that exist in Hong Kong, 2. Inform the public of the prevalence of disabled persons in Hong Kong and how they are unfairly discriminated against, 3. Humanise disabled persons; 2. Establish a greater sense of empathy towards disabled persons amongst medical students in Hong Kong: 1. Target medical students during Disabilities Experience Day, 2. Highlight how disabled persons are not allowed access to aid they, rightfully deserve within the healthcare system; 3. Shed light on how disabled persons are systemically discriminated against: 1. Increase general awareness about discrimination from employers towards disabled employees, 2. Evidence the lack of governmental support for disabled persons.
Description of Activity This is the third year that the Standing Committee on Human Rights (SCORP) of the Asian Medical Students’ Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK) has held our Disabilities Awareness Campaign. The activity was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) campus. As of 2014, 8.1% of the total Hong Kong population fall into the disabled category. The Disability Allowance Scheme, a monthly allowance of $1650 to $3300, is the only form of government support provided to disabled persons and is grossly insufficient to cover the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. To put this into perspective, the average living expenses for a single person excluding rent is $6865, while rent is around $16,551 for a single bedroom apartment, meaning that the scheme covers less than 4% of an average person's living costs. Employers also stigmatise when hiring: 6.7% of disabled persons are unemployed compared to 3.7% of able-bodied persons. This institutional lack of support is compounded by the prejudiced attitudes shown by healthcare professionals, which contributes to Hong Kong’s negative societal impressions of disabled persons. The way doctors treat disabled persons define and reflect how society regards disabilities. In Hong Kong, there is no syllabus teaching students how to interact with or even humanise disabled persons -- instead of seeing the person and their hardships, we only see the disability. This creates a tenuous relationship between disabled persons and the healthcare sector, as healthcare providers’ skills, resources, and most importantly, attitudes are often inadequate. When doctors view disabled people as lesser than
because of societal attitudes, this means that when doctors medically define someone as disabled, that person is determined to be “defective”, feeding into the societal bias against them, creating an ouroboros of prejudice and mistreatment. Many of our peers had never interacted with a disabled person before, or knew much about disabilities, highlighting how Hong Kong’s educational systems fail to prepare healthcare practitioners for interacting with and treating disabled persons. To combat this ignorance, this event was created to increase students’ empathy for disabled persons by providing them with an opportunity to learn from disabled persons about their discrimination and experience firsthand how differently disabled persons are treated by society. This, in turn, would start a conversation on the deeper human rights issues disabled persons face in Hong Kong, and challenge our negative preconceptions of disabilities in Hong Kong.
Outcomes of Activity 20 medical students, mostly from pre-clinical years, from both universities attended the ‘Disabilities Experience Day’. After interacting with disabled persons and experiencing their lives for a day, participants showed a greater curiosity on the subject, and are aware of how mainstream education and media fail to touch upon the topic of disabilities. Related events will be carried out in the following tenure due to the importance of tackling such a topic in modern day healthcare. An average of 34.3 likes and 26.2 likes per post were accumulated on Instagram and Facebook respectively for the #DifferentlyAble Campaign, which had aims that aligned with the Disabilities Experience Day.
Partners and Guest Speakers
CUHK Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS)
Hong Kong Red Cross Wheelchair Provider
Mr. Toby Yip, Former Chairperson of the Hong Kong Disabled Diving Association
Ms. Jess Shek, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Blind Union
Human Rights and Peace
Disaster Medicine Workshop #DisasterMasterâ€Š
Goals and Objectives 1. Enhance participantsâ€™ general knowledge about disaster medicine, particularly about response and recovery; 2. Enable participants to gain practical skills and knowledge related to disaster response; 3. Enable participants to understand the humanitarian work and principles involved in aiding recovery; 4. Advocate for better disaster preparedness of medical students in Hong Kong.â€¨
Description of Activity This is the first year that the Standing Committee on Human Rights (SCORP) of the Asian Medical Studentsâ€™ Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK) has held our Disaster Medicine Workshop - #DisasterMaster, which was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) campus. Hong Kong, like many other metropolitan cities, has been going through rapid changes and growth in recent years. However, increasing social, environmental and technological development can give rise to a more complicated disaster environment, together with an increasing number of disasters, both natural and man-made, and an increasing number of people affected. If defences fail, the loss can greatly impact social and economic development, and subsequently the quality of life. This is where disaster medicine comes in. Disaster medicine consists of 5 major components, namely prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Our activity is mainly focused on response and recovery, in an attempt to introduce relevant response protocols and humanitarian work involved in aiding recovery. As future medical practitioners, we must learn how to respond in times of disaster, and adapt our management practices to minimise its traumatic impact on society.
The disaster medicine workshop focuses on two major concepts related to disaster medicine — triage and pre-hospital management. To start, lectures were given on the concept of triage, giving participants an idea of the key theories, its importance and the START protocol which is commonly used; as well as on prehospital management, introducing participants to the Incident Command System, the METHANE report, and other relevant components. In addition to theory-based lectures, both real-life and table-top simulations were designed to offer participants some hands-on experience. The real-life simulation had participants be instructed to categorise patients lying around the room according to their conditions. This simulation allowed participants to practise the concept of triage, and identify some actual problems when doing so, such as inaccessible locations and the need to re-triage. A second table-top simulation was designed based on pre-hospital management procedures. Participants were divided into two teams — the incident team and the dispatch centre team. The incident team, arriving first at the accident scene, was required to assess the situation, perform triage and communicate with the dispatch centre using the METHANE report. The dispatch centre then had to inform nearby ‘hospitals’ to anticipate casualties and prepare relevant facilities. This simulation allowed participants to practise and realise the importance of effective communication between different teams when responding to an accident. Collaborating with the Hong Kong Red Cross, we also invited Ms. Elaine Fong, who works as an International & Relief Service Officer (Health), to be our guest speaker for the activity. Having participated in a mission in Bangladesh for the Population Movement, she shared with us her experience working in the field of disaster medicine and relief provision, and introduced relevant humanitarian principles, such as The Sphere Standards; hence allowing participants to gain exposure to disaster response and recovery at a global level.
Outcomes of Activity A total of 18 medical students participated in the workshop. Pre- and post-event assessments were designed, where similar questions regarding: I. general knowledge on disaster medicine; II. practical skills regarding disaster medicine; III. motivation to participate in the Workshop, were distributed - such design was to compare any changes in their skillset and attitude following the event. After the workshops… • 82% of participants could correctly name all 5 stages of the disaster cycle (as opposed to 8% prior to the workshops), which shows the increase in general knowledge about disaster medicine to participants, and giving them an idea regarding the scope of disaster medicine • 2.7 point increase (from 1.3 to 4.0 out of 5) when asked to rate their confidence level in “describing/implementing the START triage”, which shows the workshop’s effectiveness in helping participants understand and apply practical skills related to disaster medicine; • 1.8 point increase (from 1.8 to 3.6 out of 5) when asked to rate their confidence level in “describing the rescue chain model in pre-hospital management”, which shows the workshop’s effectiveness in helping participants understand and apply practical skills related to disaster medicine; • 0.6 point increase (from 4.0 to 4.6 out of 5) when asked “pre-clinical students should be aware of disaster medicine”, which shows a willingness to learn more about the subject, and have more disaster medicine related elements integrated into the mainstream curriculum. • 0.6 point increase (from 4.2 to 4.8 out of 5) when asked “early exposure to practical skills in the medical context would better prepare pre-clinical students in their future careers”, which shows a willingness to learn more about the subject, and have more disaster medicine related elements integrated into the mainstream curriculum. In general, the workshop was well received: the real-life simulation received a rating of 4.3/5, the table-top simulation 4.2/5, and the guest speaker sharing 4.4/5. Participants noted the strategic arrangement of having simulations right after lectures, saying that “I love how we can immediately put what we’ve learnt into practice”; and of having a sharing sandwiched between the two simulations, which “adds another layer to disaster medicine that I didn’t think of”.
Partners and Guest Speakers
• Ms. Elaine Fong, International & Relief Service Department, Hong Kong Red Cross
• Maksim Chan, Certified IFMSA TdmT Trainer
Rare Diseases Campaign #CareForRareâ€©
Goals and Objectives 1. Improve medical students’ perception and understanding of Rare Diseases and students’ attitudes and foster empathy towards patients; 2. Engage in a multi-sectoral approach to increase public awareness about rare diseases by facilitating conversation between medical professionals, medical students, government officials, and the rare diseases community; 3. Improve knowledge about art as a holistic therapy within the medical students and patients with rare diseases community.
Description of Activity Our event opens with a sharing by Hong Kong’s first clinical geneticist, Dr. Brian Chung, about current research and career prospects, and aims to spark students’ interest in the field of rare diseases. A “Human Library” sharing session allows students the opportunity to interact with rare diseases patients, families, and understand their stories. The final part is the Art Therapy session. A professional art therapist was invited to host a session for both patients and students, furthering our goal of mutual understanding. An online campaign was initiated in parallel to the rare diseases event and aims to disseminate information about different rare diseases and the prevalence of rare diseases in Hong Kong, thereby raising the awareness and knowledge about rare diseases of all sectors (not only medical students) in Hong Kong. During our collaboration at the 2019 World Rare Diseases Day Symposium, members of AMSAHK and other medical students were given an opportunity to present a medical student’s views on rare diseases to healthcare professionals and patients with rare diseases. This not only increased exposure of medical students to rare diseases, but also allowed the often overlooked community to know that they are indeed not alone.
Outcomes of Activity For our #CareForRare event, a pre-event and post-event survey was designed with questions on: i) Knowledge of Rare Diseases (particularly in HK) and Art Therapy, ii) Motivation for Change, iii) Attitudes towards Rare Diseases by the participant and perceived attitudes of society. Questions of both surveys were mostly identical, so we could compare answers and see if the event caused any changes. For the online campaign, we evaluate the engagement rate by social media statistics such as the number of likes/reactions and comments, as well as informal chatting with medical students on their thoughts about our campaign and rare diseases.
Partners and Guest Speakers
The HK Alliance for Rare Diseases (HKARD) The HK Wilson's Disease Patient Support Group
Dr. Brian Chung Clinical Geneticist/Clinical Associate Professor, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Mr. Aleck Kwong Professional Art Therapist
Goals and Objectives 1. Build participant understanding of medical school and a career in medicine; 2. Assist high school students in making an informed decision about medical school; 3. Develop greater relations between medical students from HKU and CUHK, as well as bridging the gap and increasing communication between current and aspiring medical students; 4. Provide a taster of medical school education to secondary school students by exploring one specific theme amongst event activities.
Description of Activity MedBridge is a workshop that aims to provide prospective medical students with tips and advice from current medical students in HKU and CUHK about the process of applying to medical school. The new workshop was held on the February 23 with 18 participants. The workshop included a briefing session on the admission requirements and general tips on interview skills, CVs and personal statements, as well as sharing sessions by current medical students of CUHK and HKU. Participants then completed a 6-station MMI interview and a panel interview, in which they received personal feedback on their performance and personal statement through email after the workshop. This is a brand-new AMSAHK initiative and was headed by Mathew Chow (HKU), Marissa Li (CUHK), Billy Siu (HKU), Nathan So (CUHK) and Vivien Lam (HKU).
Outcomes of Activity All MedBridge participants were invited to fill in online evaluation forms. • 100% agree that the mock MMI and panel interview has given them a better idea of what is expected in future interviews; • 100% agree that the workshop gave sufficient information regarding both interview formats, and that the debriefing session was useful and insightful • 100% felt more confident in going into HK medical school interviews • 100% would recommend MedBridge to their peers
Speak Up: Sexually Smarter
Goals and Objectives 1. Educate medical students on sexual safety and sexually transmitted diseases; 2. Understand the specific ways and tools they can use to stay safe during sex; 3. Ensure that students have a general understanding of what a few common STDs are and how they are preventable and treated; 4. Decrease the stigma around sexual behaviour; 5. Target student groups that may be less prone or feel more uncomfortable to have open conversations about sexual intimacy; 6. Using a workshop interactive way to allow students to actively talk about sexual behaviour instead of a lecture style (one way communication).â€¨
Description of Activity The project aims to educate medical students about sexual safety and sexually transmitted diseases. Events include a condom-making workshop by Sagami, and a talk conducted by HIV clinic on STDs.
Partners and Guest Speakers
Dr. Angela Ng Vice Director of End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation
Mr. Evan Sho Sagami Supervisor
Outcomes of Activity Confidence in
Describing complications of sexually transmitted infections
Defining sexual violence and its causes
Determining what needs to be considered before deciding whether or not to engage in sexual activity
Describing consequences of unprotected sexual intercourse
Differentiating between a latex and PU condom
Describing how the fitting of a condom is determined
Stating the success rate of condoms
Determining the male and female side of a condom.
Describing mode of HIV transmission and prevention
Describing how manufacturers test the quality of their condoms.
MedStart Our flagship 2-day immersion program where prospective students can experience life as medical students from both universities!
Goals and Objectives 1. Build participantsâ€™ understanding of medical school and a career in medicine; 2. Assist high school students in making an informed decision about medical school; 3. Develop greater relations between medical students from HKU and CUHK, as well as bridging the gap and increasing communication between current and aspiring medical students; 4. Provide a taster of medical school education to secondary school students by exploring one specific theme amongst event activities.
Description of Activity MedStart is a two day medical school immersion programme held on the March 23-24 for secondary school students who are interested in applying to medical school. This year, our theme was emergency medicine and activities included medical lectures by both CUHK and HKU professors, problem-based learning sessions, medical faculty tours, basic first aid and clinical skills training, sharing sessions by current medical students and medical professionals, as well as discussions on bioethics. SCOPH and SCOE delivered a joint session addressing the issue of mental health first aid which allowed participants to learn and take part in an interactive quiz at the end. This year, we partnered with Boundless HK (YMCA) to offer fee subsidies to students affiliated with them to increase the reach and financial accessibility of MedStart.
Outcomes of Activity This year, we had a record number of 338 MedStart participants to learn about medical school in Hong Kong. In addition, apart from our 44 Executive Committee Members, 64 other passionate and helpful medical students volunteered their weekend to make MedStart a reality. MedStart participants and medical student volunteers were invited to fill in online evaluation forms. • In the 282 responses received from participants, • 94% agreed that they gained a better understanding of whether or not medical school is right for them, • 97% agreed that they are better informed about university life and learning experiences in the two medical schools, • 93% were satisfied with MedStart 2019, • 89% would recommend MedStart to their peers; • In the 31 responses received from medical student volunteers, • 81% agreed that sufficient information was provided about MedStart 2019 before they applied to be a helper / group moderator, • 87% agreed that clear communication was given by OC during MedStart; • 74% agreed that they “played an important part in the success of MedStart”. • 87% agreed that they “helped participants better understand medical school”.
Partners and Guest Speakers • • • • • • •
Prof. Vincent Mok Dr. Gordon Wong Dr. Abraham Wai Dr. Christopher See Mr. Pasu Ng LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mental Health Month Dr. Dog Daysâ€©
Goals and Objectives 1. 2. 3. 4.
Improve the mental health well-being of medical students; Relieve students’ stress during the period of examinations; Encourage positive thinking and build resilience; Promote healthy eating to students.
Description of Activity Three “Dr Dog Day” sessions were organised in total for both HKU and CUHK medical students in March (13rd, 19th, 22nd). Different dates for selected for different student groups, due to varying examination periods for different cohorts. We also took advantage of the placement of these dates - after organising one ‘Dr Dog Day’, we were able to take note of things that were effective and ineffective, and modify accordingly for the next ‘Dr Dog Day’. During the ‘Dr Dog Day’ session, we invited a minimum of five Dr Dogs from Animal Asia to visit students. As students interacted with these furry friends, their —mental and physical wellness was elevated. Therapy dogs have been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels. Furthermore, we distributed goodie bags to students who attended our event to further promote their mental wellness. The goodie bags contained: coupons, healthy snacks and informative pamphlets about healthy eating, sponsored by Café 330 and Vegether. Encouragement cards designed by AMSAHK’s ITD department, containing inspirational quotes and ‘how-to’ instructions for building up resilience, patience and confidence; as well as badges and leaflets informing students where to find help when needed. As a final touch to the event, we invited professors and faculty counsellors to interact with students, so they could ask students how they were coping with studies, and allow students to share any difficulties they were facing.
Outcomes of Activity The series of Dr. Dog Days were well received among the medical school population, both student and staff alike. 300+ goodie bags were given out at all three Dr Dog Days, indicating a high participation and engagement rate. In addition, more than 400 encouragement cards were given out to medical students in hopes of building resilience and encouraging positive thinking. The success of our event indicates that medical students regard this as a useful outlet for stress relief, and would encourage further implementation of faculty driven and motivated mental health support systems for the student population.
Partners and Guest Speakers • Animals Asia
Mental Health Month Crisis Negotiation Workshop
Goals and Objectives 1. Equip medical students with skills of helping other people overcome mental health issues; 2. Learn the skills of effective communication with emotional or suicidal individuals in critical situations; 3. Improve medical students’ awareness regarding suicide in Hong Kong.
Description of Activity On March 16, we invited Dr. Gilbert Wong’s team of Hong Kong Police Negotiation Cadres to hold a ‘Crisis Negotiation Workshop’. In the planning process, we met with Dr. Gilbert Wong and presented an in-depth proposal outlining our goals, objectives and suggested content for this workshop. The specific run-down and teaching materials was then prepared by Dr Wong. On the day, a total of 12 Police Negotiators were present at the workshop to teach and assist medical students. Students were taught persuasive communication skills, active listening skills, were given the opportunity to practice negotiation skills with an actor one-to-one, and also heard real-life cases of how police negotiators interacted with their subjects. Goodie bags were again given out to participants, to emphasise the message that students themselves need to maintain a good mental health status before helping others.
Partners and Guest Speakers
Dr. Gilbert Wong Police Negotiation Cadre, Hong Kong Police Force + 8 other negotiators from the Police Negotiation Cadre, Hong Kong Police Force
Outcomes of Activity The Crisis Negotiation workshop was received positive feedback from both the trainers and the participants. A pre- and post event survey evaluation was undertaken regarding: I. Skills and Knowledge; II. Awareness of Mental Health Issues in Hong Kong, and III. Motivation for joining the Crisis Negotiation Workshop. • All participants did 1-to-1 practice related to suicidal crisis with the helpers from the Hong Kong Police Negotiation Cadre in Crisis Negotiation Workshop; • With reference to data in the document as linked, participants were equipped with skills in managing stress, emotion and crisis of others; and showed an increase in understanding of new skills; • All participants received a sharing talk from the Hong Kong Police Negotiation Cadre regarding their experiences in dealing with real-life cases of suicides; • With reference to data in the document as linked, participants showed an increase in awareness about suicide and motivation to help after the workshop.
In addition, AMSAHK-SCOME’s Mental Health Project was determined the winner of IFMSA SCOPH’s Mental Health Project Competition in recognition for its outstanding impact and meaningful engagement, and will further serve as an example for other medical student organisations worldwide for their local/ national mental health projects.
Human Rights and Peace
Goals and Objectives 1. Raise awareness for misunderstanding on gender and sexuality by the general public among medical students; 2. Educate medical students about gender and sexuality; 3. Improve medical students’ understanding of the LGBTQ+ community in Hong Kong; 4. Prepare medical students for encountering various minority groups in clinical settings; 5. Foster empathy in medical students towards minority groups.
Description of Activity Gender and sexuality is not a topic commonly discussed in Hong Kong, as locals are raised in a more conservative environment and are often accustomed to Chinese philosophy. In comparison to Western countries, locals often consider this topic sensitive and feel uncomfortable talking about it in an open setting. This may also be attributed to Hong Kong’s lack of emphasis on gender and sexuality in education. As a result, the general public and local medical students often lack understanding on gender and sexuality related concepts, escalating to the misunderstanding on LGBTQ+ community. The society’s lack of understanding on this topic often leads to discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, which is a major reason why members of the LGBTQ+ community are often afraid to voice out their opinion and sexuality, in fear of the public’s lack of acceptance. As a city that prides itself in its progressive values and diversity, Hong Kong should learn to become more accepting towards people of different genders and sexual orientations. LGBTQ+ individuals can be considered part of a marginalised and neglected portion of the society, and are hence more vulnerable to risks, particularly those that are health related. It is important for medical students, as future healthcare professionals, to have proper understanding on this community and remain professional in clinical settings.
The lack of understanding on gender and sexuality related concepts, as well as the discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is a prolonged issue in Hong Kong that concerns the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) of Asian Medical Student Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK). To tackle this issue, AMSAHKâ€™s SCORP have organised a LGBTQ+ workshop for local medical students. A PowerPoint presentation was delivered by SCORP members to introduce basic concepts related to LGBTQ+ and the situation in Hong Kong, such as the sexuality spectrum and statistics related to discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. After the presentation, participants engaged in a sentence completing exercise to stimulate reflection on their personal thoughts and opinions on this topic after having a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community in Hong Kong. Last but not least, we invited Dr. Brenda Rodriguez Alegre, who is the first transgender educator in Hong Kong and a lecturer in Gender Studies from The University of Hong Kong, as our guest speaker to talk about her experience as a transgender individual in Hong Kong, and to further elaborate on gender related issues. This serves as an excellent opportunity for medical students to better understand the LGBTQ+ community through interactions with transgender individuals in Hong Kong.Â
Outcomes of Activity The event was attended by medical students from both HKU and CUHK, mainly of a pre-clinical background. According to our pre- and post evaluation form, all of our participants indicated that they have an improved understanding of concepts related to gender and sexuality after attending our workshop, particularly distinguishing between sex and gender, being more familiar with the gender spectrum and understanding the non-binary nature of gender as a social construct. Additionally, all of our participants felt more strongly about the need of awareness for LGBTQ+ community in Hong Kong and the urgency of our education to learn about topics related to sex and gender. Furthermore, participants indicated that they have a better understanding on the difficulties experienced by LGBTQ+ community in Hong Kong and are more confident in reaching out to minority groups, after given the opportunity to interact with a transgender individual and sharing of experience by Dr. Brenda Rodriguez Alegre.
Partners and Guest Speakers Dr. Brenda Rodriguez Alegre Lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Sexual Violence Awareness Project
Goals and Objectives 1. Target sexual violence as a public health concern due to the rising incidence of sexual assault; 2. Increase students' awareness of gender-based violence, empower them to be advocates for sexual assault victims through self-defence training workshop; 3. Further participants’ understanding of the topic, destigmatise sexual violence experiences, and equip participants with the skills of supporting victims of sexual violence via a certified training workshop on “sexual violence intervention in medical settings”.
Description of Activity Hong Kong’s crime rates have dropped overall, but the incidence of sexual assaults have actually risen. Moreover, 8 in 10 victims actually know their attackers. One in four women have reported that they have been victims of domestic violence, but fewer than 10% have told the police. To address this issue, AMSAHK SCOPH’s designed a project had two separate, yet complementary events, which includes:
Self Defence Workshop: We invited the founder of BeWater HK, multi-time champion and Jiu-jitsu master Fernando Junior, along with his partner Arvy to host an on campus self-defence workshop to raise awareness for sexual harassment and violence.
“Sexual violence intervention in medical settings” Workshop We collaborated with Ms Melissa Chiu from Caritas and organised a certified training workshop on “sexual violence intervention in medical settings” to further participants’ understanding of the topic, destigmatise sexual violence experiences, and equip participants with the skills of supporting victims of sexual violence. The first session started with a stem question “What is sexual violence to you?”. Participants are invited to choose from several definition cards before more personal discussions were initiated in small groups. The second session involved 6-7 stations in the room and cases were given for discussion. The third session in the afternoon consisted of a powerpoint presentation and empathetic skills training which culminated in some role playing examples, such as A&E procedures and consoling.
Outcomes of Activity To evaluate the self-defence training workshop, surveys were conducted after the event. 20 participants filled in the surveys to understand the change in the skills, and knowledge in the participants, there are several questions conducted in a quiz-like manner to evaluate the students based on the percentage of students with the correct answer. In terms of the knowledge acquired during the workshop, all the questions had a high percentage correct (all above or equal to 80%). The participants are quite confident in their abilities (4.5), which correlates with the survey results, indicating an effective session. As for the sexual violence intervention workshop, 18 participants filled in the preevent and post-event surveys. The surveys assessed the awareness, the knowledge, and the motivation for change of the participants towards sexual violence. In addition, it also assessed the participantâ€™s initial knowledge of the topic. Under these sections, participants were asked to rate the extent of their agreement to various statements. In terms of the awareness about sexual violence and of the situation in Hong Kong, there is an increase of awareness for local awareness about sexual violence (+0.167) instead of global awareness (-0.111). In addition, there is an increased acknowledgement that sexual violence is indeed an issue in Hong Kong (-0.111), and that the participantsâ€™ concern for sexual violence has increased (+0.167).
Partners and Guest Speakers Mr. Fernando Jr. BeWater HK & his partner Arvy BeWater HK
Ms. Melissa Chiu, Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre
Interschools Our regular get-togethers for Executive Committee members to grow our association and move our community forward.
Goals and Objectives 1. Provide updates for the whole Executive Committee on organisational matters on events, conferences, international liaison, and internal affairs; 2. Discuss and vote on organisational matters; 3. Provide a platform for new ideas to be inspired, pitched and discussed; 4. Conduct capacity building sessions for the Executive Committee.â€¨
Description of Activity Interschool Meetings are official conventions for the 45 Executive Committee members, as well as allowing a platform for departmental and administrative meetings and casual gatherings. In total, 6 interschool meetings were held this year.
Outcomes of Activity The element of capacity building was expanded in interschool meetings this year and was positively received. With the help of some alumni and ExCo trainers, we have delivered nine capacity building sessions in total, on (1) goal setting [Oct], (2) project management [Oct], (3) leadership and management [Oct], (4) elevator pitch [Nov], (5) policies and advocacy [Jan], and (6) feedback [Mar]. Three of those were standing committee training sessions, on (1) human rights 101 [Feb], (2) hate speech [Mar] and (3) sexuality and gender identity [Mar].
Exchanges Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Programme (AMSEP) Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)
The Asian Medical Studentsâ€™ Exchange Programme (AMSEP) is a week-long opportunity for students to experience the life of a medical student in another country. In October 2018 and January 2019, we have welcomed 10 medical students from Singapore and Taiwan respectively. Students were accompanied by 20+ student volunteers to attend lectures and dissection sessions in both CUHK and HKU, to tour our teaching hospitals and get a taste of our medical education in Hong Kong. The exchange was also complemented by visits to places of historic and cultural interest, and of course indulging in our local cuisine. The overall exchange experience was highly rated by the incoming exchange students on all aspects, and was shown to be effective in increasing their medical and cultural knowledge. Over the summer of 2019, 14 medical students from both CUHK and HKU were selected to participate in the exchange with Taiwan and Singapore respectively. Through the week of academic and non-academic events, our students gained a deeper insight into their hosting countryâ€™s local healthcare system and developed long-lasting friendships with our overseas counterparts.
Quotes from Participants "Joining the AMSEP programme was one of my best decisions ever. It is only the vibe of 18 of us coming together in Summer’18 that makes the experience unforgettable.” - Jasmine CUHK M22
“Through attending lectures and tutorials at NUS and NTU, I had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas on studying medicine and global health issues with our Singaporean friends. In particular, the eye-opening visits to the diagnostic radiology department of NUH, community service summit and opening ceremony of the inter-faculty games allowed me to have a glimpse of Singapore’s efficient healthcare system and their dynamic university life.” - Jessie HKU M23
Run by the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA), the Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE) is one of the largest student-run exchange programs in the world, and is a four-week bilateral exchange programme which allows students to complete a clinical attachment at an overseas destination of their choice. Participants are given the opportunity to interact and make friends with medical students from all around the world, and to broaden their understanding of global health issues. The program is recognised by both local universities as a fulfilment of the SSM (HKU) and Overseas Clinical Clerkship (CUHK Med5) requirements. This year, we managed to send 16 students to every corner of the world, including Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Sweden...and many more. We have also been receiving international incoming exchange students throughout the year, and arranged various Social Programs for them to enjoy the full experience of living in Hong Kong. A Pre-Departure Training was held in March 2019 for our outgoing students to enhance their medical knowledge and skills, learn about some of the most challenging global health challenges, as well as receiving training on how to deal with personal and professional challenges which they may encounter during their exchange. Students were able to meet fellow outgoing students, as well as engage in sharings from past participants.
Quotes from Participants â€œThis summer, I was fortunate to participate in the program and attach at the General Surgery Department of the General University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Greece. Overall, the experience has been a unique, insightful, and exciting one, and I am grateful to have learnt a good deal from various elements of the trip. These hands-on opportunities are more difficult to have in Hong Kong, so I was thankful to have gotten a better taste of what it was like to practice as a surgeon, and discover my liking towards it! It was interesting to see how much policy truly matters in dictating the types of challenges that a healthcare system faces. It was also heartwarming to see how despite our different culture and upbringing, there were still so many commonalities that bonded us together, whether it's music or humour or similar struggles in life. I'm grateful to have made these friends, whom I also had the pleasure of exploring the rest of Greece with during the sun-kissed weekends!â€? - Queenie CUHK M21
Int’l Conferences AMSA International Conferences EAMSC Thailand AMSC Singapore IFMSA Meetings
MM Slovenia AM Taiwan APRM Hong Kong
Asian Medical Students’ Association International (AMSA-International) AMSA-I holds two conferences annually, the East Asian Medical Students’ Conference (EAMSC) and the Asian Medical Students’ Conference (AMSC), typically in January and July respectively. Hong Kong is represented at EAMSC by each year’s new cohort of AMSAHK Executive Committee members, while AMSC openly invites delegates from the entire Hong Kong medical student body. The conferences consist of a wide range of academic and socio-cultural programs and activities, allowing participants to grow both intellectually and personally. AMSAHK’s Academic Department and Standing Committee on Public Health have also consistently entered and achieved outstanding results in the conferences’ Academic and Public Health Competitions.
East Asian Medical Students’ Conference (EAMSC) Dates: 8-12 January, 2019 Hosting City: Bangkok, Thailand Theme: Diabetes and Obesity: the Unrecognised Burden Number of HK Delegates: 28 Head of Delegation: Charlotte Wun (CUHK) Executive Committee Members: HKU:
Background Diabetes and obesity (which remains one of the most notable risk factors of type 2 diabetes) represent an epidemic in the 21st century which significantly contributes to premature illnesses and deaths, and poses enormous financial burdens to countries and societies globally. Currently, at least 300 million adults are obese and 433 million diabetic; these numbers are expected to further increase, especially in low- and middle-income countries, due to a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. As future healthcare professionals, we will inevitably be confronted with the complex, multi-faceted implications of diabetes and obesity. This conference aimed to serve as a platform to create awareness among medical students, provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and potential solutions, and sow the seeds that will make an impact on the future healthcare systems’ approaches for the management and prevention of diabetes, obesity and their associated complications.
Academic Component • The topics of diabetes and obesity were examined from various perspectives during the lectures, giving participants the chance to learn from professionals in the field and to gain new insights into the implications of these NCDs and the actions that should be taken to remedy them. The following academics were invited to deliver keynote lectures: • Dr. Wannee Nitiyanant • Dr. Petch Rawdaree • Hospital visits to Siriraj Hospital, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, and Phramongkutklao Hospital • Academic competitions • Our Academic Department placed 1st in the Scientific Poster Competition • Our Standing Committee on Public Health placed 1st in the White Paper Competition • Panel discussion: topics discussed during the session included: • Current obesity and DM guidelines (adult and paediatric points of view) • Lifestyle modification • Practical use of obesity medications • Bariatric surgery Socio-cultural Component • Community service: Delegates were involved in the conceptualisation of projects that were reviewed by officials in the public health sector and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. • City tours and Visits to Khaosan Road, the Grand Palace and the Siam Niramit cultural show, a 90-minute play in a traditional Thai village with outdoor dance performances, elephant rides and traditional Thai massages • Treasure hunt: Participants had to complete tasks at different checkpoints (at MBK, the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Siam Square, Central World, etc.) around Siam, Bangkok’s main shopping district. • Cultural workshops on Thai boxing, traditional music, games, calligraphy etc; • International booth: Each delegation prepared food, drinks and gifts from their home country, creating an extremely culturally rich environment that embodied the necessary diversity in global healthcare. • Cultural night: The program was themed “Thai Temple Fair” and held at the Baiyoke Tower II; each delegation prepared a short performance that showcased their country’s culture and traditions.
Asian Medical Students’ Conference (AMSC)
Dates: 30 June - 7 July, 2019 Hosting City: Singapore, Singapore Theme: Healthcare without Borders: the Problem of Access Number of HK Delegates: 9 Head of Delegation: Mathew Chow (HKU) Student Members: CUHK:
Background The fundamental truth is that healthcare — be it prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment or cure — is futile if people do not have access to it. The healthcare landscape is fluid and nuanced, and the problem of access to healthcare is one of many problems that are truly “global” in nature. Ultimately, our primary goal as a global healthcare community must be to improve health everywhere. According to the WHO, 400 million people do not have access to healthcare (as of 2015), and this number only addresses those without the most essential of health services. Given the heterogeneity in both financial and physical access to healthcare across the Asia-Pacific region, and within our respective countries, there is a dire need to address issues to strive towards Universal Health Coverage and Health for All. The theme of this conference hopes to create a discussion of global relevance about something we all face and, hopefully, provide delegates with the knowledge, awareness and platform for problem-solving needed to begin tackling this issue.
Academic Component • The following academics were invited to deliver keynote lectures: • Professor Pang Weng Sun • Professor Lalit Krishna • Professor Yap Peng Huat Eric • Dr. Tan Lai Yong • Dr Deibby Mamahit • Tour of the National University of Singapore (NUS) via an “Amazing Race” format; • Community Engagement Service Project at Elderly Homes around Singapore; • Informative workshops about barriers of access to healthcare; • Community Project Fair presentations, in which we showcased local projects from Medical Outreachers and the CUHK S.H.Ho Medical Society; • Presentations for Scientific Paper, White Paper, and Scientific Poster. Socio-cultural Component • Cultural workshops such as Angklung, Chinese Fan Painting and Rangoli, that highlighted the cultural melting pot that is Singapore; • Cultural booths and exhibitions allowed participants to showcase games, delicacies, and crafts from home, while also experiencing the culture of other countries; • City tours of Singapore were led by Singaporean student volunteers.
International Federation of Medical Studentsâ€™ Associations (IFMSA) IFMSA (founded in 1951) is one of the worldâ€™s oldest and largest student-run organisations. Representing medical students from 135 National Member Organisations (NMOs) in 125 countries around the globe, the IFMSA is able to engage and connect people to exchange, initiate and discuss projects to create a healthier world. Advocacy, activity programs and capacity building serve as the pillars of the work the federation does to positively impact 'doctors-to be' and the communities they serve. Each year AMSAHK sends delegations to three official IFMSA meetings, namely, the biannual General Assemblies March Meeting (MM) and August Meeting (AM), as well as the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM). Sessions Attended
This is where the decision-making for the Federation takes place. National Member Organisation (NMO) presidents or their representatives vote on important matters such as adopting policy documents and reports, proposing bylaw amendments, approving sponsorship and official agreements, electing new officials, etc.
Asia-Pacific Regional Sessions
When members from the Asia-Pacific region gather together to discuss region-specific issues, evaluate the work of the Regional Team, decide on future focus areas, etc.
Theme events feature keynote speeches and panel discussions, allowing delegates to interact with local and international experts in the respective fields.
Rex Crossley Awards Presentations
A prestigious award set up in recognition of the best projects NMOs organise. The top 10 finalists present their projects and are subject to a rigorous and holistic assessment of its design and implementation, impact, and sustainability, after which a final winner is chosen.
A wonderful place for NMOs to showcase their activities and share ideas, experience, and expertise on their various initiatives. One usually comes out of the Activities Fair with a bag full of stickers, souvenirs, pamphlets, and food items.
Medical Education (SCOME)
SCOME sessions aim to empower medical students to take ownership of our own professional education and development, training participants to actively reflect on the teaching of medical skills, research and ethics in our education, and advocate for curriculum change or more social accountability of our medical schools, etc. A poster fair is also included for different NMOs to showcase their various projects to other regions, and receive meaningful feedback and input.
Public Health (SCOPH)
SCOPH sessions address the facets of public health that affect communities worldwide, encompassing topics ranging from social determinants of health to universal health coverage, communicable diseases and epidemics, alcohol and tobacco control, obesity, environmental health, mental health. A poster fair is also included for different NMOs to showcase their various projects to other regions, and receive meaningful feedback and input.
Human Rights and Peace (SCORP)
Topics covered in SCORP sessions include dignified and nondiscriminatory care, equitable access to medicines, disasters and humanitarian action, refugee health, human rights for vulnerable populations and social minority groups, etc. A poster fair is also included for different NMOs to showcase their various projects to other regions, and receive meaningful feedback and input.
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV&AIDS (SCORA)
Topics discussed in SCORA sessions include comprehensive sexual education, gender-based violence, LGBTQ+ rights, breast cancer awareness, maternal health and access to safe abortion, HIV/AIDS and STIs, etc. This year there was a Poster Fair so that different NMOs could present their various projects to other chapters and receive feedback, much like the Activities Fair.
Professional Exchanges (SCOPE)
SCOPE is IFMSA’s massive platform for professional exchanges, whereby members can embark on overseas clinical clerkships through placements offered by other NMOs. SCOPE sessions build capacity on organising elective programmes for foreign medical students.
Research Exchanges (SCORE)
IFMSA also provides research attachment opportunities through SCORE. Similar to SCOPE sessions, SCORE sessions involve practical knowledge input on aspects such as recruiting host units, regulating academic quality, designing social programmes, cultural sensitivity, etc.
The occasion where Exchange Officers from all over the world get to promote their own country and their exchange programmes. This is also where exchange contracts for the coming year are signed.
These sessions are held jointly by multiple different Standing Committees so that various perspectives can be offered on the same topic, for example ‘Abortion and Human Rights’ (SCORA and SCORP) and ‘Culture Shock and Sexuality/Gender Identity’ (SCORA, SCOPE, and SCORE), and participants are able to share their relevant opinions and experiences.
Trainings are short skill-development sessions aimed at building members’ capacity on advocacy, project development, evaluation and feedback, strategic planning, handover, financial management and fundraising, personal growth, etc.
National Food and Drinks Night is a highlight. After a long day of work, delegates are able to relax and enjoy the cultural diversity and delicacies offered at the booths prepared by their international counterparts.
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
March Meeting (MM) Dates: 1-7 March, 2019 Hosting City: Portorož, Slovenia Theme: Gender in Health Care Number of HK Delegates: 16 Head of Delegation: Anson Tong (CUHK) Executive Committee Members: HKU: Courtney Lam
CUHK: Doris Wong
Michelle Lam Samantha Chong
Marissa Li Tayyab Shahzada
Juno Yau Nicolle Man
HKU: Augustine Luk
CUHK: Emerson Lui
Tsin Tsin Lo
Prior to the General Assembly, 5 delegates also participated in Pre-General Assembly Workshops on: • Training New Trainers (TNT) - Audrey Chung, Michelle Lam • Public Health Leadership Training (PHLT) on Environment, Climate Change and Health - Venus Lai • sPRead it 2.0 - Juno Yau • IPAS Women’s Reproductive Health and Safe Abortion - Marissa Li Recognitions received: Activities Fair Shortlist: • • • •
#DifferentlyAble Disabilities Awareness Campaign #CareForRare - Rare Diseases Awareness Project Breaking The Silence Life and Death - Grantham Hospital Hospice Centre Visit (presented by Medical Outreachers)
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
August Meeting (AM) Dates: 1-7 August, 2019 Hosting City: Taipei, Taiwan
Theme: Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Healthcare Number of HK Delegates: 14 Head of Delegation(s): Anson Tong (CUHK), Mathew Chow (HKU) Executive Committee Members: HKU: Samantha Chong
CUHK: Jasmine Hui
Vivian Chui James Young
Colin Chung Owen Lam
HKU: Michelle Poon
CUHK: Bernice Cheung
Prior to the General Assembly, 6 delegates also participated in Pre-General Assembly Workshops on: • Training New Trainers (TNT) - James Young • Public Health Leadership Training (PHLT) on Universal Health Coverage Mathew Chow, Colin Chung • Advocacy in Medical Education Training (AMET) - Michelle Lam • Strengthening Primary Health Care through Social Accountability Anson Tong, Samantha Chong Recognitions received: Rex Crossley Awards: The Mental Health Project was shortlisted as one of the top 10 activities, and was further awarded 3rd place. Activities Fair Shortlist:
Speak Up: Break the Sexual Stigma
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) Every year, AMSAHK sends a Hong Kong delegation to IFMSA meetings. Previously, Hong Kong medical students’ participation is such meetings overseas is bound by constraints such as time and finances. AMSA Hong Kong is proud to have hosted APRM 2019 at both CUHK and HKU campuses, improving our involvement with the IFMSA locally and internationally. Theme: Healthcare 2.0: Innovations in Healthcare Dates June 20-23: Pre-APRM Workshops, including The D.H. Chen Foundation Health Innovation Challenge June 23-27: Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) June 27: Health and Innovation Field Trips: Hong Kong and Shenzhen June 28-30: Post-APRM Tour
Objectives • To establish a platform in Hong Kong for students from the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond to build networks and exchange ideas and knowledge that will prepare them for future medical practice and in different fields related to healthcare; • To create an opportunity for medical students to share regional and international health issues, especially innovations in healthcare, and emphasise the role they can take in advocacy, research and education; • To equip local and overseas delegates with soft skills in areas including but not limited to advocacy, leadership, and project management, for projects they are running on a local and international level. • To establish this platform locally to raise awareness amongst students in Hong Kong and channel Hong Kong expertise and perspectives into regional and international dialogues • To allow event organisers and volunteers to appreciate cross-culture diversity and hone communication skills in an intercultural setting
Apart from organising the logistics of APRM, the APRM19 Organising Committee (OC) was tasked to promote Innovations in Healthcare throughout APRM19: At the Opening Ceremony, Professor Sophia Chan gave an overview of Hong Kong’s healthcare system’s development, while Professor Joseph Sung reiterated the importance of preserving humanity in a time when artificial intelligence is introduced into aspects of the medical practice. At the Theme Event held at the Hong Kong Science Park, a panel discussion explored the interplay amongst artificial intelligence, genome editing, healthcare, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Bernard Chan also gave remarks on the roles, opportunities, and challenges of businesses and governments in bringing about innovations in healthcare. The highlight of the event was the final pitch of The D.H. Chen Foundation Health Innovation Challenge. HIC participants were challenged to identify a health inequity and produce a prototype in their teams during the 3-day workshop, under the guidance of mentors. Team Ovulution, who designed sanitary pads with detection strips for polycystic ovary syndrome, was awarded the overall winner. On June 27, Health and Innovation Field Trips were organised in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We thank the HKU Shenzhen Hospital, the Beijing Genomics Institute, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, Applied Tech, Sanomics, Robotics Garage and the CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre for giving participants glimpses into the community’s latest healthcare technology development.
Prior to the Regional Meeting, 9 delegates also participated in Pre-APRM Workshops on: • Training New Trainers (TNT) - Anson Tong (as a facilitator), Carmen Lo, Shuk Kwan Wong • Training Medical Education Trainers (TMET) - Mathew Chow, Joycelyn Lim • Public Health Leadership Training (PHLT) on Antimicrobial Resistance Hei Man Kwok (as a facilitator), Billy Siu, Gladwin Ho • IPAS Women’s Reproductive Health and Safe Abortion - Courtney Lam, Zoe Cheung • Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) - Sam Chan, Chris Yin Hang Chan, Minnie Yip, Nicolle Man, Michelle Wong, King Chan, Wynn Cheung, Jonathan Leung, • Other Participants (non-MBBS/MBChB): Cheng Yuen Chun, Tsui Ling Siu, Tsang Sum In, Lo Ho Hing, Chan Pui Sze Jan, and Sandra Lui Recognitions received: Activities Fair Shortlist: • #DisasterMaster - A Disaster Medicine Workshop Lead Author on Regional Policy Statement on ‘E-Cigarettes’ Student Engagement • 39 Organising Committee Members (Year 1-4 MBBS and MBChB Students), • 40+ Volunteers, • 34 Hong Kong Pre-APRM and APRM participants, • 187 overseas Pre-APRM and APRM participants from 24 regions, • 57 The D.H. Chen Foundation Health Innovation Challenge participants, • 46 Post-APRM Tour participants.
Supporting Organisations Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Meeting and Exhibitions Division, Hong Kong Tourism Board Medical Society, HKUSU Medical Society, CUSU
APRM Organising Committee Chairperson Vice-Chairpersons Secretariat
Marketing and Social Media
Transportation and Head of Volunteers
Social and Cultural Events
Agnes Yip Augustine Luk Brian Lam Billy Siu Pinky Li Maksim Chan Cynthia Lam Kylie Cheung Helen Wong Chris Lo King Chan Carly Yeung Nicolle Man Peter Lam May Li Sophie Yau Gladwin Ho Nana Sy
Theme Event and External Liaison
Venue and Accommodation
Registration, Visa and Technology:
Yuki Ip Nicole Lau Ocean Ho Phoebe Tong Sarah Lee Bernice Cheung Juliet Sun Hugo Leung Michelle Poon Michelle Wong Wynn Cheung Bernice Cheung Careen Tse Gabriel Wong Jessica Chan Jonathan Leung Nathaniel Kwan Minnie Yip Avala Ngan Sam Chan Tobias Tsoi
More information on APRM2019 can be found here: • amsahk.org/aprm2019 • youtube.com/watch? v=t3vWJXJx2pQ&t
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
ACTION - a SCORP AP Regional Event Dates: 1-7 August, 2019
Hosting City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Theme: A New Perspective on Existing Challenges Number of HK Delegates: 9 Head of Delegation: Yvonne Qian (HKU) Executive Committee Members: HKU: Mathew Chow
CUHK: Doris Wong
Student Members HKU:
Candice Mok Gladwin Ho
King Chan Natalie Ng
Nana Sy ACTION, otherwise known as “Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Natural Disaster, and refugee management”, is a IFMSA-SCORP project in the Asia-Pacific region that aims to train and educate medical students on Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action and increase the capacity of medical students to be prepared in times of need. With the theme “New Perspectives on Existing Challenges”, the activities planned by the organising committee touched on all three focus areas - Refugee Management, Natural Disaster Management, and Infectious Diseases. The sessions were delivered in several formats, which include but are not limited to: • Refugee and Disaster Simulations • Human Library session with Malaysian refugee communities representatives • Laboratory session on Kinyoun staining for Mycobacterium • Guest lectures on One Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, and microbiological discoveries/breakthroughs (e.g. Nipah virus, Plasmodium knowlesi, and EV71) • Pandemic Disease Management at country ports • IFMSA ITDM (International Training on Disaster Management) sessions With such a transnational project, not only does it strengthen the collaboration between the NMOs in the Asia-Pacific region on issues related to “ACTION”, it also fosters relationships and friendships between medical students from different countries.
Individualsâ€™ International Involvement
The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations offers various opportunities to individual members â€” either within the Federation in administrative, research, and programme development capacities; or outside the Federation, in external meetings and events organised by medical students from other countries.
ACTION 2019 International Organising Committee Yvonne Qian ACTION stands for Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Disease Outbreak, Natural Disaster, and Refugee Management and is an annual project organised for and by medical students in the Asia Pacific Region. This year Malaysia was selected as the host for this event and I had the honour to be part of the International Organising Committee - the first time Hong Kong has ever participated! Being an IOC member, I was able to interact with other medical students from all over Asia before the event and got to attend a special course on disaster training. By the end of the event, I truly felt like I had another family and people I could depend on. The event itself was also very enriching, consisting of simulations, lectures, laboratory sessions as well as many social events. Overall, ACTION was an incredible experience and I would highly encourage anyone interested in the three themes to attend this event!â€Š
Head of IFMSA Delegation for the 10th Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) Workshop Hei Man Kwok The AAAH is a regional response to the international recognition of the need for global and regional action to strengthen country planning and change on health workforce systems of 10 countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand). IFMSA was extended a warm invitation for two delegates to attend the 3-day 10th AAAH workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam alongside representatives from governments, academic institutes, foreign aid institutes and the WHO. I was selected as the head of delegation with Khansa Khairunnisa Azzahra, from Indonesia, we successfully delivered a statement affirming the necessity of medical school accreditation, presented findings of group discussions and documented and summarised sessions as rapporteur team members. Even though IFMSA was the sole youth representative at this workshop, it was encouraging to be given the opportunity to share the youth perspective with global health leaders.Â The 10th AAAH workshop provided great insight into regional global health work; it is a window to observe regional collaboration with best practice sharing, open discussions between stakeholders and witness the WHO providing quality technical assistance on a country and regional level. It also allowed me to see the limitations of international strategies and guidelines with decisions are ultimately made by the states and has better informed me of the field of global health.â€Š
IFMSA Asia-Pacific Regional Team External Representation Assistant Chris Yin Hang Chan It has been a delightful experience overall working with enthusiastic medical students from all around the Asia-Pacific and trying to expand the youth's voice in the region, but it was not without its challenges such as language and cultural barriers, and I had to face administrative challenges, albeit at a smaller scale, that are similarly faced by international organisations such as WHO and UN. As the External Representation Assistant, my job was to assist medical students organisations to better represent their members voice externally. While I am satisfied with our current progress, there certainly is still much to be done. Overall, I am honoured to be given this opportunity to serve global medical students who have enlightened and inspired much of my own medical student life.
IFMSA Small Working Group on Asia-Pacific Visibility and Representation Anson Tong and Mathew Chow The Asia-Pacific Region is comparatively under-represented in comparison to other regions in the IFMSA space. As a result, this small working group was established to increase the external representation and advocacy ability of our AP NMOs. In addition, the SWG aims to work on aligning AP NMOsâ€™ thought and giving unified statements to show the unity as well as the strength of AP by delivering joint statements or policies during the APRM and the GA.Â As one of our first efforts, we drafted, submit and passed a regional policy statement on e-cigarettes, which is one of the emerging health-related issues around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. This policy statement has been met with overwhelming support from NMOs from the Asia-Pacific, and hence there is great promise and potential for the development of this region for further involvement in the IFMSA and external space.
Pre-Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (Pre-APRM) Public Health Leadership Training (PHLT) Trainer Hei Man Kwok PHLT is an official Standing Committee of Public Health capacity building workshop, based on the three pillars of Leadership, Activity Management and Public Health, with the firm belief that we are all leaders on the journey of learning and the PHLT providing a time and place for this continual discovery within Public Health. Capacity building is truly a passion of mine and the PHLT has approached becoming an obsession. Since the launch of the PHLT-T online course in May 2017, I have stressed the necessity of public health capacity building within the Asia Pacific region and I am so proud to be part of the trainer team that facilitated the Asia Pacific regionâ€™s first PHLT. Being the second three-day training that I have delivered and the first PHLT I have delivered or attended, it was a thrill to have been part of the Pre-APRM PHLT. I am proud to have walked a part of the leadership journey with 18 PHLT trainees and grateful to have had the opportunity to facilitate alongside a PHLT veteran and a fellow PHLT-T 2.0 trainee. To anyone looking for a training to join, look no further, I assure you that the PHLT is worth your time and will empower to continue to work in the field of Public Health!
Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) Plenary Team Vice-Chairperson, Hei Man Kwok; Assistant Secretary, Mathew Chow An IFMSA plenary is where National Member Organisations (NMOs) votes to amend and adopt bylaws, reports, regulations and other affairs concerning IFMSA including but not limited to elections, membership and hosting candidatures. AMSAHK has served within APRM plenary teams since Tokyo, Japan 2017 and this year is no different. In Hong Kong, AMSAHK had two representatives serving as Vice-Chairperson and Secretary Assistant respectively. It was heart-warming to hear statements with voices of solitude for the protests in Hong Kong, support and encouragement for the continual promotion of our region’s LGBTQ+ rights and praise and gratitude for our local organising committee. Worthy of note is the passing of the first regional policy document on e-cigarettes written by AMSAHK, adoption of the Asia Pacific President’s Manual, and changes to the Asia Pacific Region Internal Operation Guidelines. Ultimately, serving on the Asia Pacific plenary team is not only a way to contribute to the region, but also an excellent learning opportunity. It is challenging yet fulfilling to co-chair an hour of formal but tough intense decision making. Moreover, ensuring proper documentation of the plenary agenda points as Secretary Assistant was gratifying as it was great to be involved in the larger IFMSA process. We encourage any aspiring AMSAHK members interested in procedures and decision making within institutions to serve on the plenary team, as it is a unique hands-on experience.
Participants of the Youth Pre-World Health Assembly (Pre-WHA) and IFMSA delegates to the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) Hei Man Kwok and Sophie YauÂ The Pre-WHA is a four-day workshop organised by IFMSA, where over 60 passionate youth health advocates from across health disciplines congregate in Geneva, Switzerland to learn about global health topics from health financing to human resources of health and strengthen our advocacy skill sets through practising our presentation and pitching skills and drafting policy documents to be delivered by IFMSA at the WHA. The Pre-WHA is a prime opportunity for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural discussions, exemplified in the creation of a Youth Call on Meaningful Youth Participation during the Pre-WHA by over 100 youth attending the WHA.Â Following the Pre-WHA was the WHA which took place at the Palais des Nations of the United Nations. As IFMSA delegates, we had the valuable opportunity to attend official meetings where statements were read and side events where a wide range of topics ranging from vaccine hesitancies to infectious diseases; refugees and migrant health to adolescent health were discussed. This allowed us to better understand how these issues are addressed on a local and global scale, giving us insight into the implementation process of global health policies and the importance of collaboration between states to solve global health issues. The practical exposure to health advocacy from engaging our local government to advocate for developing meaningful youth participation locally to networking with Women of Global Health to discuss gender equity in healthcare leadership; the Pre-WHA and WHA provided the environment to experience and to gain exposure to global health.
IFMSA Delegation to 69th WHO Regional Committee for Western Pacific (WPRO) Chris Yin Hang Chan I am honoured to be selected to be representing medical students in the 69th WPRO in the WHO Western Pacific Office of Manila, Philippines. It was certainly an eye-opening experience to be present at the decision making body of public health in the region, and even more so to talk with people behind the leadership positions in national health in understanding the work and research done behind the scenes and on the ground so that each nation/region can play its part in achieving global health. However, this visit also presents us, the future generation of health leaders, the imminent health issues and sometimes the grim reality that we would have to face in our future, and how important it is for medical students to maintain a broad global perspective in achieving One Health.â€Š
IFMSA Healthy Lifestyles and Non-Communicable Diseases Program Coordinator Cynthia Sin Nga Lam “It should be recognised that effective noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and control require leadership, coordinated multi-stakeholder engagement for health both at government level and at the level of a wide range of actors, with engagement and action including … youth affairs and partnership with relevant civil society.” - World Health Organisation, 2013 Youth-led interventions are critical, especially when they are for youth and by youth — we need more that are effective and in scale across regions. The IFMSA HLNCD programme provides the platform for medical students to be agents of positive change taking the lead in raising awareness of NCDs in their community. NCDs and youth empowerment have always been two causes very close to my heart. An internship at WHO HQ working in the Office of Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) for six months allowed me to better recognise how much WHO values youth involvement as well as the gap between where youth-led NCD activities are now and where they can be with their full potential realised. I had the honour of coordinating the HLNCD programme last year, providing project management support for medical students who wish to implement activities addressing NCDs and stocktaking student-led NCD interventions. Medical students have done significant work to #beatNCDs this year — there were 65 successful enrolments from 30 NMOs. Many projects demonstrated an excellent standard of project management as well as creativity with the activity design. With this momentum continuing, I wish to see more fruitful youth-led NCD activities in the future.
IFMSA Small Working Group on GA Financial Sustainability Billy Siu This SWG was an initiative to prevent organising committees of GAs from falling into bankruptcy and jeopardising their future participation in other IFMSA events. This SWG aimed to create a general guideline to assess whether a candidature was financially able and organised. I worked with the VPF of IFMSA, as well as students from Egypt and Nepal to create a survey and undergo quantitative analysis of their proposed and actual budget. It was very interesting to understand the perspectives and considerations proposed by students from other places; the team's diverse exposure and experience are extremely valuable in an SWG. As APRM 2019s Treasurer, the difficulties I experienced would be significantly different compared to someone who participated in organising a much bigger scale GA in another region.
IFMSA delegates to Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) Anson Tong, Margaret Ho and Bernice Cheung APMEC is an annual medical education conference attended by educators of different backgrounds, including curriculum planners, lecturers, doctors, etc., and their level of influence and priorities varied vastly. As preclinical students, we were most interested in themes relating to undergraduate education. Relevant topics included: improving the learning environment for student well-being, revising the curriculum to bridge the gap between preclinical and clinical education, analysing how different assessment methods affected student performance and well-being, and exploring the role of technology in learning enhancement. We also had the chance to hear presentations by teachers from our own medical schools, and it made us further appreciate the thought and effort that our teachers put in for the design of our curriculum.
Innovate4AMR 2018 Jasmine Hui, Tiffany Yu and Jaime Yeh Innovate4AMR is an innovative competition which encourages students from the healthcare discipline to develop novel ideas to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Last year, I took part in Innovate4AMR as a means to educate myself about the AMR situation in Hong Kong and to challenge my creativity skills. Innovate4AMR offers an invaluable opportunity to learn about and analyse different stakeholders and intervention points in antimicrobial stewardship in the healthcare delivery system â€” e.g. pharmaceuticals, clinics, patients, food products.
For example, the project can be focused on tackling the misuse of antibiotics by patients due to lack of education – would a mobile app be an effective method of debunking common myths? The Innovate4AMR competition is also a great way to train up capacity skills such as advocacy, communication skills and project management. By going through the process of brainstorming imaginative ideas whilst ensuring feasibility and practicality, these skills can be utilized in future projects as well.
IFMSA Small Working Group on Mental Health Policy Document Anson Tong Policy Documents are the foundation for external representation at IFMSA, and this year I was fortunate enough to be part of the SWG to develop the policy document on Mental Health. Mental health is one of the most pressing medical issues of our time, as it impacts people of all ages, regardless of racial, cultural and socio-economic background. I believe we, as future healthcare professionals, have a responsibility to advocate for changes in attitudes towards mental health, so that in the future, we can build a more understanding, empathetic and nondiscriminatory environment for our patients. Through this SWG, I was able to collaborate with IFMSA’s Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues and other mental health advocates around the world to write this document to call on different stakeholders to act for change with regards to mental health. With the adoption of this policy document at August Meeting 2019, it can then be used to form the basis of IFMSA’s stance at upcoming external conferences related to Mental Health.
IFMSA Small Working Group on Capacity Building Internal Operation Guidelines (IOGs) Anson Tong Capacity Building has always been a core element of IFMSA, but only recently have they introduced an official Internal Operation Guideline (IOG) for it. This SWG aimed to work on the implementation of the IOGs, and I was part of the subgroup that worked on Trainers Pool. The Trainers Pool is a new system that aims to regulate trainers of IFMSA. Our SWG further developed the relevant parts of IOG, Trainers Pool application procedures, etc. For me, it was extremely rewarding to see the process of the IOG development until its adoption in the first capacity building plenary at August Meeting 2019. After August Meeting, we further promoted the concept of capacity building and the newly adopted IOGs to general members of IFMSA through a range of online promotions, in which we called Capacity Building Week. This experience exposed me to the administrative side of IFMSA, and showed me how much it takes to develop a complete regulatory guideline for an international federation.
Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) Training New Trainers (TNT) Workshop Facilitator Anson Tong After my incredible TNT experience as a participant at Pre-APRM Korea, I jumped at the chance to return this year as a facilitator. It was yet another gratifying learning experience, starting from countless online meetings with our team of facilitators to plan our workshops, to online sessions with small groups of participants, to finally meeting all 21 people in real life for 3 intense days of capacity building training. It was challenging yet extremely rewarding to attend TNT as a facilitator; I had to design and facilitate sessions on different learning models, sessions planning and cross-cultural learning. I was also lucky enough to have great co-facilitators who also taught me a lot about IFMSA and capacity building, so whilst I was involved in cultivating a new generation of IFMSAcertified trainers, I myself was also learning a lot from everyone else present. At the end of the workshop, what warms my heart the most is seeing participants develop their confidence in sessions delivery, and applying concepts that have been taught.
Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) SCOPH Sessions Team Grace Siet As the National Public Health Officer (NPO) of AMSAHK 2018-19, I participated in APRM19 as a member of the SCOPH sessions team. It was my first time designing and conducting sessions for a conference. At first, I was so nervous and doubted I really could do so, but luckily our team had a good mix of newbies and more experienced SCOPHeroes from different countries, which we had a really good time exchanging knowledge and experiences. Under the leadership of the SCOPH Director and the Asia-Pacific Regional Assistant, we researched and planned all of the sessions through online platforms for months. We chose various issues for discussion based on each countryâ€™s preferences, regional and global priorities. The sessions were in forms like simulation, small group discussion, knowledge building, and interactive activities. We also held a SCOPH fair, where delegates from different countries could share their own projects and ideas. Personally, I have also learnt a lot by stepping out of my comfort zone. I was just a delegate in previous conferences and have imagined myself being the one delivering the sessions. Meeting so many amazing people here in my homeland is indeed unforgettable.â€Š
IFMSA Small Working Group on UHC Simulation Mathew Chow This SWG was an interdisciplinary collaboration between different IFMSA Standing Committees (SCOPH, SCORP and SCOPE), with the goal of the SWG was to educate and advocate for the significance of UHC, and how it impacts an individualâ€™s right to health via gamification. This small working group allowed me to cooperate with like-minded medical students across the globe to educate one another about their respective healthcare systems, their differing perspectives of what good healthcare should look like, and ultimately strive towards a common goal.Â The importance of universal health coverage (UHC) must be included in the conversation when addressing global ageing to ensure that all people be able to receive appropriate healthcare services without experiencing financial risk in an equitable manner. It is a complex issue that involves many stakeholders, as it deals with the issue of healthcare system reform. One must also take into account the feasibility of UHC in a particular country, as developing economies face larger obstacles to realistically expand coverage to marginalised communities, such as funding and financial risks, as well as other implementation shortcomings. Health should not be a privilege, but instead a human right. This would further include the holistic care of citizens, par ticularly marginalised individuals who fall through the cracks of traditional health coverage systems that are implemented by governments at large. Find the UHC Simulation manual via this link: issuu.com/ifmsa/docs/uhc_simulation_manual
SCORA X-Change Courtney Lam I was extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to explore and learn in Turkey, the home to many extraordinary sites and mouth-watering dishes, when I was on SCORA Xchange with TurkMSIC. During the 4-week programme, we hopped between four different cities. In each city, we would attend workshops and clinical clerkships in departments associated with an assigned SCORA focus area. The focus areas addressed were HIV and other STIs, sexuality and gender identity, gender-based violence, and maternal health and access to safe abortion. The workshops were led by experts in the field and experienced trainers with engaging activities and discussions. Inputs from different cultures and age groups meant that the workshops not only furthered our knowledge, but also led us to new, and often interesting, perspectives on said topics. The “Are You Man Enough?” workshop, in particular, was fascinating as we explored the topic with first-hand anecdotes and stories from our respective countries. As a preclinical student, I was especially excited to observe physical examinations and surgical procedures. The running commentaries and on-site lessons generously delivered by older students guided me throughout my time at the hospitals. Hence, despite my limited knowledge in the clinical setting, I was able to roughly understand what was going on. Experiencing the festivity of the National Day, exploring impressive historical gems, swimming in the beautiful Aegean Sea, being pampered with plates of traditional Turkish food, and of course, trying out everyone’s national drinks… the social programme was equally as commendable. I would like to thank the OC team and our beloved CPs for an amazing experience. It was truly enlightening and I learned a lot from the programme itself and those around me.
IFMSA Training Disaster Medicine Trainers (TdmT) Gladwin Ho Over the last century, disaster medicine has become an emerging theme in the international scenery of healthcare. It’s true that we can’t stop disasters, but as medical students, we can arm ourselves with the knowledge of how to tackle it. This summer, I had the fortunate opportunity to participate in the annual Training Disaster Medicine Trainers (TDMT) programme co-organised by the IFMSA and CRIMEDIM. Both the three-month online course and the one-week residential course in Novara, Italy provided me with the chance to learn from professionals across multiple aspects of the disaster medicine field. To say that the program was enjoyable is a complete understatement. Not only was I instilled with a great amount of knowledge on disaster medicine through learning from their lectures, real-life simulations and practical workshops; I was also heavily inspired by the heated discussions and multifaceted discussions I had with my fellow student peers and my tutors. TDMT doesn’t only teach you about disaster medicine — it empowers you to be a part of a global network of medical students that can share our knowledge with the wider community. Simply put, if you have a keen interest in learning more about disaster medicine, this unforgettable experience is one that you shouldn’t pass up.
IFMSA Small Working Group for World Bioethics Day Jasmine Hui Since May, I have been part of one of IFMSA’s Small Working Groups (SWG) in promoting UNESCO’s World Bioethics Day. Working with 4 other medical students from the Netherlands, Turkey, India and Egypt, we are producing a toolkit to promote bioethics in medical education. Bioethics – the study of values and morals – forms the core of practising humane medicine. At the intersection of disciplines such as law, philosophy and psychology, bioethics opens up fruitful discussion on controversial issues like end-of-life care and reproductive rights. As technology advances, bioethics and policy-making become all the more relevant. Through an idealistic lens, principles in bioethics appear universal but are realistically relative to culture. For example, medical decisions in the West are often focused on individual autonomy whereas it is family-orientated in the East. Therefore, adjustments to the largely West-centric bioethical principles must be made. As the 4th World Bioethics Day approaches on the 19th of October, we hope to publish the toolkit and guide trainers in leading workshops on bioethics. With the goal of shaping future medical professionals with skills such as critical analysis, mediation and the ability to recognise biases, we hope to foster the practice of humane medicine which respects the core values humans share.
Medical Student International (MSI) 39 Content Editor Margaret Ho As one of the content editors for Medical Students International (MSI) 39, IFMSA’s biannual magazine covering perspectives on global health by medical students, I was very fortunate to work with a team of amazing content editors and designers who made the whole experience so enjoyable and smooth. This edition focused on gender in healthcare, and it was truly eye-opening to read about the various programmes and experiences by medical students around the world — certainly, I was definitely inspired to bring some of the wonderful ideas back to our community in Hong Kong! I would definitely recommend anyone who enjoys reading and would like to learn more about health projects in other countries to join as an editor for MSI! Link to MSI 39: https://issuu.com/ifmsa/docs/msi39_mm19_final
Medical Student International (MSI) 40 Content Editor Audrey Chung University has, in more ways than one, fuelled my creativity. Meeting friends from all walks of life, discussing global issues as if we were intellects with the power to make a difference, is a flavour of intellectual stimulation that is novel and enticing. Being a content editor of MSI complements these experiences - Serving as a documentation for both medical students’ commitment to being a force for change and the work of individual NMOs’ work locally, MSI gives a unique perspective into the nature of IFMSA and the diversity of communities between different NMOs. I am more than humbled to have played a part in documenting the amalgamation of IFMSA’s work around the globe, and am grateful for the reminder about the power of language and its ability to transcend meaning and emotion through words. It has been a wonderful opportunity to witness the creative solutions different NMOs have for a plethora of issues in their respective communities, and to discuss with them how to better manipulate language to repackage their articles and bring out key messages for our audience. Link to MSI 40: https://issuu.com/ifmsa/docs/msi40
Awards and Recognitionâ€Š
Awards and Recognition Academic Competitions 1st in Scientific Poster Competition EAMSC 2019 “Gender-Specific Association Between Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes” • Jasmine Hui, Isaac Lam • Advisor: Prof. Alice Pik-Shan Kong
1st in Public Health White Paper Competition EAMSC 2019 “Combating a rising incidence of young-onset type 2 diabetes in Hong Kong: current picture and future directions” • Emilie Wong, Grace Siet, Audrey Chung, Colin Chung, • Serena Tsui, Sunny Hwang
Top 10 finalist in Scientific Paper Competition EAMSC 2019 “Efficacy of an endocrinologist-led specialist care clinic in minimising burden of vision-threatening retinopathy in patients with diabetes in Hong Kong” • Stephanie Poon, Samson Yu, Claudia Seng, Rachael Li • Advisor: Dr. Kendrick Co Shih (HKU)
Project Recognition 3rd in Rex Crossley Awards, IFMSA August Meeting 2019 AMSAHK-SCOME’s “Mental Health Project” was shortlisted as one of the 9 Global Finalists for the Rex Crossley Awards, which is an award provided by IFMSA in recognition of the work and achievements of the best Activities of IFMSA National Member Organisations (NMOs). After the presentation and much deliberation by esteemed judges, it was awarded Third Place out of all the student-led healthrelated initiatives.
Activities Fair, IFMSA March Meeting 2019 “#DifferentlyAble — a Disabilities Awareness Campaign”, “#CareForRare - Rare Diseases Awareness Project”, “Breaking the Silence” by AMSAHK were selected to share with 1000+ medical students at the activities fair. These were undertaken by SCORP, SCOPH and SCOME respectively. In addition, Medical Outreachers Hong Kong (MOHK) was able to present their local project “Life and Death - Grantham Hospital Hospice Centre Visit” as well.
Activities Fair, IFMSA August Meeting 2019 “Speak Up: Break the Sexual Stigma” was selected to share with 1000+ medical students at the activities fair. This project is an amalgamation of SCOPH’s “Sexual Violence Awareness Project”, and SCOME’s “Speak Up: Sexually Smarter” programmes.
Activities Fair, IFMSA Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 2019 “#DisasterMaster” was selected to share with 260+ medical students at the activities fair. This project was done by AMSAHK-SCORP, in collaboration with ITDM trainer Maksim Chan (CUHK), and the Hong Kong Red Cross.
Achievements and Advancements Corporate Identity Guidelines The addition of an official Corporate Identity Guidelines provides a consistent visual identity for AMSAHK, which is in line with IFMSA’s “Corporate Identity Guidelines” booklet. The brand identity was designed and added to the constitution to communicate our organisations’ message, “Serving Medical Students and the Community, Locally and Beyond”, to create a cohesive branding in all materials under the AMSAHK name, to differentiate our organisation from other student organisations, and increase organisational awareness across medical students and the community.
Operations Department Reform The topic of reforming AMSAHK’s operations department has been discussed for a few consecutive tenures, with no concrete plan of action prior to this tenure. As such, the 3Cs 2018-19 have set up a small working group to review and assess the current functioning status of our operations department to identify major areas of improvement. The reform aims to increase job satisfaction of executive committee members, as well as to reduce compartmentalisation and bureaucracy for task planning and execution. Specifically, this structure involves the set-up of three departments - Secretariat (SEC), Media and Publications (MAP) and Public Relations, that will take on the bulk of AMSAHK’s administrative work, as well as the organisation of MedStart, MedBridge and our Executive Committee Inauguration.
Capacity Building Assistant (CBA) Capacity Building is one of the core tenets of IFMSA, with a particular emphasis on nurturing soft skills. Seeing the need and the potential for capacity building to grow within the Hong Kong medical student community, we have opened up a brand new position of Capacity Building Assistant who will specifically assist the Vice President (NMO President) in coordinating such events in Hong Kong.
SCORA Activation SCORA, or the Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV&AIDS, is one of the six standing committees in IFMSA that has focus areas in comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), maternal health and access to safe abortion, sexuality and gender identity, gender-based violence, and HIV and other STIs. AMSAHK’s involvement in SCORA sessions is hindered by our lack of foundation knowledge and activities that touch upon such themes. The current AMSAHK tenure (2018-19) undertook many activities geared towards SCORA-related topics, ranging from LGBTQ+, Sexual Violence Training Workshops, and Sex Education Workshops that were done by SCORP, SCOPH and SCOME. respectively. Given this, it is clear that there is a need to initiate a new department that can fully focus on issues related to sexual and reproductive health. This will allow our organisation to explore the five SCORA focus areas in greater detail and foster medical students who are interested in the respective reproductive health issues with more skills, knowledge and opportunities. In addition to projects targeted at medical students, SCORA would be a prominent platform for community outreach. A small working group is currently piloting a comprehensive sexuality education programme for secondary school students to engage with topics of consent and gender identity.
AMSAHK Policy Statements and Advocacy Policy statements are used to represent the organisation’s beliefs regarding a particular issue. The belief is bound by and kept in line with AMSAHK’s vision, mission, and objectives as delineated in our constitution. AMSAHK has published the following statements during the 2018-19 tenure: • E-Cigarettes • Human Rights to Health in Conflict (Joint Statement with Medical Society, HKUSU, and Medical Society, CUSU)
Moreover, on the issue of E-Cigarettes, AMSAHK sent a representative to the Legislative Council to deliver an oral deputation to vocalise our perspectives on this topic to the legislative council members. Building on this, AMSAHK became the lead author for the IFMSA Asia-Pacific Region’s first regional policy statement, in cooperation with the IFMSA Small Working Group on Asia-Pacific Visibility and Representation. The topic of this statement related to the issue of e-cigarettes and received strong support from National Member Organisations across the region. Find the regional policy statement here: https://bit.ly/33XTtfo
HealthHACK@MITNode AMSAHK was a supporting organisation for HealthHack 2019, which was Hong Kong’s first healthcare hackathon powered by MIT Hacking Medicine. Students and professionals across a broad range of disciplines (engineers, clinicians, scientists, designers, developers) came together to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with entrepreneurial potential on smart ageing. The event was met with huge success, and many meaningful solutions resulted from the programme.
Join us at HEALTHHACK 2019, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node’s first healthcare hackathon powered by MIT Hacking Medicine! This is the weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions on smart aging with like-minded engineers, clinicians, scientists, designers, developers, medical and business hackers.
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The Way Forward At the Asian Medical Studentsâ€™ Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK), we are committed to catalysing and making progress in the healthcare scene and the broader society both locally and beyond. Internally and externally, we continue to face challenges that test the integrity of our association and push us to rethink our values and core competencies. However, we expect to take advantage of, and not submit to, these external and internal changes, and be well-positioned to cater to the needs and requirements of future healthcare professionals. As Hong Kongâ€™s first and largest interschool medical student organisation, AMSAHK embodies a mindset with the hopes of nurturing competent and conscientious healthcare advocates. AMSAHK epitomises a boundless celebration of empowerment and excellence. Though the motivation behind the commitment to this journey may differ minutely from member to member, we have unequivocally been brought together and bound together by a unifying global vision to inspire and be inspired. Being affiliated with two major international medical student organisations - AMSA-International and IFMSA - is a privilege that AMSAHK does not, and will not take lightly. It is with these newfound and insightful perspectives that we can better channel the voices of the youth, and cater to the voiceless, the vulnerable, and those who fall through the gaps of the existing healthcare system. We will continue to stand for human rights and peace, promote academic research, advocate for public health and medical education issues, and facilitate exchanges for medical students in and out of Hong Kong. We intend to develop a long-term, organisation specific strategy that outlines concrete goals and action points for each department to follow for the coming few years. This will allow AMSAHK to focus on deepening impact at scale, and strengthen our activities, and broaden the reach of our advocacy campaigns. By streamlining our internal operations and implementing a new standing committee department, we hope to achieve greater organisational efficiency and effectiveness, which will grant us more freedom to successfully maximise impact. We will continue to seek partnerships with external organisations to collaborate on both a project-based and organisational level. AMSAHK firmly believes in peerto-peer education, yet also believes that distinguished professionals and experienced individuals are irreplaceable in the training of empathic and wellinformed physicians we all hope to become amidst the all-roundedness of global healthcare. Â As the President and Vice-Presidents of AMSAHK 2018-19, we would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to those who came before us on behalf of
the AMSAHK Executive Committee 2018-19. We have had the privilege of having much left to us by those who were spurred to action by a vision of and commitment to betterment, and those whose unyielding hard work shaped this organisation into what it is today. The passing on of vision, knowledge and experience from our predecessors has been central to our being where we are today; through our projects and engagements, we will strive to build on these successes to bring AMSAHK to greater heights. We would also like to record our appreciation to the rest of our 44-person strong Executive Committee 2018-19 for their unyielding efforts and hard work to bettering AMSAHK and to express our thanks to our valuable advisors for giving us a platform to transform our passion into action, and to express our enthusiasm with anticipation. Brave decisions and inspiring ideas are needed for an organisation to move forward — it is with utmost confidence that we pass the baton to the incoming leadership and Executive Committee of AMSAHK, and continue to “serve medical students and the community locally, and beyond”.
Statement of Expenses 2018-19â€Š Expenditure
Allocated Budget (HKD) Actual Expenditure (HKD)
Operating Expenses IFMSA Membership Fee
Breaking the Silence
Sex Education Workshop
Mental Health Month
Sexual Violence Intervention
Disaster Medicine Workshop
Venue Booking Fees Postbox Rental Fee Miscellaneous
Local Events Expenditure Recruitment Tea Gatherings
Conference Expenditure Conference Expenditure
Acknowledgements Our year would not have been made possible without the unwavering support from our: Patron Prof. David Ho (Director & CEO, The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre) Honorary Advisors Prof. Gabriel Leung (Dean of Medicine, HKU) Prof. Francis Chan (Dean of Medicine, CUHK) General Advisors Prof. Nivritti G. Patil (Dept. of Surgery, HKU) Prof. Dennis Y.M. Lo (Dept. of Chemical Pathology, CUHK) Prof. Gilberto K.K. Leung (Dept. of Surgery, HKU) Prof. Siew C. Ng (Dept. of Medicine and Therapeutics, CUHK) Dr. Christopher Y.H. See (School of Biomedical Sciences, HKU) Dr. Ann S.N. Lau (School of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK) Partners Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Boundless Hong Kong Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases (HKARD) HK Wilson's Disease Patient Support Group Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre BeWater HK Hong Kong Police Negotiation Cadre CUHK Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS) End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation Sagami Hong Kong Disabled Diving Association Hong Kong Blind Union Hong Kong Red Cross MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node Meeting and Exhibitions Division, Hong Kong Tourism Board Medical Society, CUSU Medical Society, HKUSU The D.H. Chen Foundation Gerald Choa Memorial Fund S.H. Ho Foundation Limited The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation AMBOSS CT goodjobs Human Health Uber Affiliated Organisations Asian Medical Students’ Association International (AMSA-International) International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA)
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