HKUMed News (Vol 26 | Issue 2)

40% of the cases in general practice are related to orthopaedics, be it knee, back or neck. However, the number of doctors joining this specialty is disproportionately low, and fresh graduates are more often not sufficiently knowledgeable about the musculoskeletal system. The Department plans to be more proactive and involved in the planning and execution of the Faculty’s curriculum, such as increasing clinical participation so students can better apply expertise learned in class, equipped with essential skills in utilising novel technology for further learning and knowledge retention, thus boosting interest in answering society needs by joining orthopaedics.’ As for the future direction of the Department, Dr Cheung will continue to promote other subspecialties beyond the spine, hoping to bring out the best of the best. ‘Despite the excellence and world recognition achieved by many of our Department's subspecialties, there are concerns with regard to maintaining this prestige and succession planning. With the influx of larger student pools and the significant role HKU plays in the Greater Bay Area, it is crucial to preserve our competitive edge. We can achieve this by injecting new and established personnel into the Department to boost the research and translation standard whilst nurturing a healthy core of young budding clinician-scientists who will become future leaders and pioneers in the Department.’ he shared his vision. ‘The Department has been a trailblazer for over 60 years and we have had no shortage in clinical and research initiatives. But we face a pressing need for staff expansion as we will be taking in more students while some of us will retire in the near future. The Faculty also has a decade-long plan for expansion in both personnel and hardware infrastructure, and we at the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology will play a significant part. We will do our utmost to recruit talent from all over the world for new impetus in future endeavours.’ As the Department looks into the future on its 60th birthday, Professor Cheung, who has just stepped down from the position of Department Head, believes that the Department will continue continue to take the pulse of the community, to adapt accordingly, and remain at the frontier of medical advancement. At the same time, he thinks it is imperative to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines, to equip the team with different expertise and specialties for maximum synergy. ‘This is something not often seen in the world, and a legacy we should all be proud of.’ The Department’s future directions: 學系未來發展方向: Associate Professor Jason Cheung Pui-yin 臨床副教授鍾培言 • Graduated from HKUMed in 2007 2007年畢業於港大醫學院 • Joined the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, HKUMed in 2012 2012年加入港大醫學院矯形及創傷外科學系 • Appointed Head of Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, HKUMed in 2021 2021年擔任港大醫學院矯形及 創傷外科學系系主任 To be more involved in curriculum planning and execution 積極參與課程設計及實踐 Promote specialties beyond the spine 推動脊柱以外的專科 Recruit talents worldwide 全球招聘人才 33 HKUMed News Winter 2021