It is truly my honor be elected as the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (HKIMM) for my second term of presidentship.
HKIMM was first incorporated on 12th May 2005 with an interim council of five members including Dr. Keith Kwok Wai Chan, Dr. Andrew Kit Kuen Ip, Dr. Mark Wai Wah Lai, Dr. Allen Ho Yin Ngai and myself. Dr. Keith Chan was the founding President.
HKIMM has the following passion/mission:
In the early years, the council strived to advance their skill and knowledge. Council members attended different courses related to musculoskeletal medicine in terms of manual therapy, musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnosis and guided interventions, e.g. regenerative injection therapists. We invited renowned overseas speakers and experts to Hong Kong to give talks and to provide hands on trainings. In the past 10 years, we held regular small group meetings to consolidate related knowledge. We did fresh cadaver dissections and we advance our ultrasound guided interventions skills through practicing on the silent teachers, we validate our skills and techniques via patients’ cohort and researches. We are proud to be appraised by other sister organizations that the core faculty of HKIMM has achieve the most advance knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal medicine and the ultrasound guided interventional techniques are leading the world.
The world and other disciplines are paying more and more attentions to musculoskeletal medicine, how to use musculoskeletal ultrasound to find out the root causes of pain, and regenerative injection therapies for different type of neuromuscular pain. The trend is to avoid surgery and steroid, and trying to regenerate the damaged neuromuscular structures as natural, as early, and as much as possible. With the achievement of the most advance musculoskeletal skills, dynamic musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnosis and ultrasound guided pain intervention skills and regenerative techniques among our core faculty, many council members, especially myself, for the past 9 years, have been invited by many sister organisations in the world to give plenary lectures and hold hands on workshops to share our advance knowledges and skills in musculoskeletal medicine to doctors in the world, these includes the Taiwan Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine, Taiwan Society of Neuromuscular Ultrasound, The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) USA, Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine, American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, The Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation at The University of Wisconsin, The Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine, The World Institute of Pain, The World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography, etc. In Oct 2020 and May 2021, I will be giving plenary lectures and hands on workshops in The Korean Association of Orthopaedic Medicine and The Japan Orthopaedic Association respectively.
Time flies, year 2020 will be our fifteenth anniversary, our Institute has been continuously providing training opportunities to our members and primary care doctors, especially general practitioners with interest in musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine. We provided structural training courses, workshops, grand round meetings and collaboration courses with sister organizations. Our current batch, the fourth batch, of the certificate course of practical musculoskeletal medicine (CPMM), started since Sept 2018, has candidates coming from Malaysia, Macau and Hong Kong. We are also holding the third advanced certificate course of musculoskeletal medicine (ACMM) at the same time. Both the CPMM and the ACMM aimed at teaching more practical skills that attendees can use in their daily real patients practice right away.
During the pandemic of COVID-19, we will fully utilize webinars to give more training to our members. We will also organize more online symposium to tell our friends, colleagues and allied medical workers about the discipline.
We will keep pooling up resources to do researches in musculoskeletal medicine to share our knowledge through rigid peer review. The overall aim is to let more doctors in the world realize the non-surgical way of treating the neuromuscular pain and to let more and more patients to benefited from the effective pain management.
Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks to all members, particularly our council members, who delicate their talent, effort and time to run the Institute, to prepare the teaching and pass on their skill and experience.
Dr. Stanley King Hei Lam
The Hong Kong Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine