With greatest honour and responsibility, I have succeeded to be the President of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology. The Hong Kong College of Cardiology is a time-honoured professional organization in cardiovascular medicine and was formed in January 1992. Our predecessor, the Hong Kong Cardiological Society was founded back in 1967 and played an active role in continuing medical education and international scientific exchange in cardiology.
Throughout the years, our College has been making tremendous strides in the two pillars of her missions, namely professional education and training, and heart health promotion for the citizens of Hong Kong. My strategic direction to achieve maximally the above missions in the coming two years is on collaboration and engagement.
On the one hand we shall organize high quality focused small-group professional educational courses and larger-scale conferences on major areas of cardiovascular medicine, on the other hand, we shall collaborate with different international and local societies in achieving the goal of professional education and training for cardiology trainees, cardiologists and other professionals in Hong Kong, China and the Asia-Pacific region. Notable examples of larger-scale conferences include our flagship Annual Scientific Congress, CardioRhythm and Asian Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference. Existing collaboration with the American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology and Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society will be further strengthened. Heart Rhythm Refresher Course, the recently launched Hong Kong Core Cardiology Certificate Course and the PCI Fellowship Course serve as good examples of focused small-group professional courses. Notably, we have built strong collaboration with the Hong Kong Public Hospital Cardiologists Association in these programs.
Cardiovascular diseases have remained to be the major cause of death in developed countries in past years and lifestyle modification is the key to primary and secondary prevention. Our College has been contributing vastly to heart health promotion for different prevalent cardiac conditions, namely ischaemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death in Hong Kong. We shall doubtlessly continue and intensify our work in heart health promotion and target to a reduction in the burden of cardiovascular diseases in our community.
Last but not least, it is my priority in engaging our members and fellows to participate actively in all the activities organized by the College. We shall thus make sure that all our professional educational programs are highly relevant and well-received. Even more importantly, we shall continue to build different platforms for better engagement of in particular our young members and fellows. I have visualized the astonishing advancement in cardiovascular medicine in the past 20 years and I always believe that embracement of change and dynamicity is the key to progress and prosperity!