The Hong Kong Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine was first incorporated on 12th May 2005 with an interim council of five members including Dr. Chan Kwok Wai, Keith, Dr. Stanley Lam, Dr. Mark Lai, Dr. Allen Ngai and myself. Dr. Keith Chan was the founding President. In the early years, the council strived to advance their skill and knowledge. Council members attended different courses related to musculoskeletal medicine. We hold small group meetings to consolidate related knowledge. We invited renowned overseas speakers and experts to Hong Kong to give talks and to provide hands on trainings. We organized workshops, talks and symposium to tell our friends, colleagues and allied medical workers about the discipline. Year 2015 is our tenth anniversary year. At our tenth anniversary, I would like to commemorate our past ten years by the following highlights.
Before the year 2010, there was no structural musculoskeletal training in Hong Kong. Interested doctors might take distant learning or part-time courses in the related subject. Distant learning courses, like post-graduate diploma course in musculoskeletal medicine of University of Otago and master course in sports and exercise medicine of University of Bath were some of the examples. The opportunity of hand skills teaching and small group supervision was not too many. We had the vision of the need of hands on training. Our Institute organized the first structural training program in musculoskeletal medicine, the Certificate of Musculoskeletal Medicine (CPMM) in year 2010. This program consists of six modules over two years. We emphasize hands on approach. The course provides attendees basic knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and a set of manual skills, which they can apply in daily practice. Up till now, we have two batches of graduates of more than twenty doctors.
Another hallmark of our Institute is the fellowship examination. This is the first examination to benchmark the practice of musculoskeletal medicine. Candidates have to undergo structural training in the discipline and practice musculoskeletal medicine no less than four years. We have held two fellowship examinations in the past few years. There are total 14 doctors obtained the status of fellowship. I urge all doctors who practice musculoskeletal medicine to sit this examination, through which their knowledge will be consolidated, the skill will be sharpened and the standard will be recognized.
Upon the recommendation from the external examiner, Dr. Dean Reeves, we start a one-year course of advance training, the Advance Certificate of Musculoskeletal Medicine (ACMM). The Advance Certificate is complementary to the Certificate programme, so that the pre-fellowship training will be a three-year programme. Advance techniques will be taught separately in small groups at training workshops. They are required to take an active role in our bimonthly grand round meeting and to assist teaching during the Certificate programme. The ACMM training is to prepare candidates to sit the fellowship examination.
Members of the Institute continue to take active role in training locally and overseas. We hold regular workshops in conjunction with Macau General Practitioner Association. Council members are invited by local and overseas organizations, including America Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS.com), Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Symposium on Pain Management as speakers and teaching faculty. This year, we are honored to co-organise the Primary Care Symposium 2015 titled Common Musculoskeletal Problem in Primary Care with Chinese University of Hong Kong, Division of Family Medicine.
Research is the foundation of our discipline. It is the policy of the Institute to support and to facilitate research projected related to musculoskeletal medicine. On this aspect, it is my pleasure to report that the article written by Dr. Keith Chan entitled “Clinical, Radiological and Ultrasonographic Findings Related to Knee Pain in Osteoarthritis” was published in PLOS One. Furthermore, Dr. Chan is invited as an honorable speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Radiology and Imaging, hold in Toronto, Canada.
Looking forward, the institute will continue to promulgate the discipline of musculoskeletal medicine. We will continue to provide world-class teaching, training and workshops. One further step is to set the professional standard of the discipline, not only locally but also to prepare to assist overseas sister organizations. We shall set example of structural training, standardized examination and on-going profession development.
Last but not least; I would like to introduce Miss Melissa Leung, who has kindly agreed to provide her secretariat service at a nominal fee. Without her support, our Institute would not be running smoothly as it is. I would also 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. Ip Kit Kuen Andrew
The Hong Kong Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine