Teaching is not bound to the campuses and hospitals, though. The Department also organises an ongoing series of in-person and online public lectures where its scholars discuss medical conditions that are prevalent in Hong Kong to raise people’s awareness of these conditions and of the research and new therapies available. The annual Medical Research Conference fosters collaboration across disciplines and institutes around a chosen topic – this year The Francis Crick Institute was a co-organiser and the theme was on inflammation, degeneration and regeneration. Most importantly, the Department is a key provider of continuing medical education through its flagship Hong Kong Medical Forum. The annual Forum was launched in 1996 at the old Furama Hotel with nearly 300 registrations; today it has more than 2,500 registrations each year. Leading local and overseas experts are invited to speak on a wide range of disciplines and subspecialties to family and specialist physicians, general practitioners, basic and higher physician trainees, nurses, allied health professionals and medical students. At the 2023 Forum, which had as its theme ‘Safeguarding Human Health for a Century and Beyond’, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR government, Mr John Lee Ka-chiu, spoke at the kickoff ceremony in honour of the Department’s 100th anniversary and praised its contributions to Hong Kong. This was the first time a Hong Kong government leader had attended the event, and he was accompanied by the Chairman of the HKU Council, Ms Priscilla Wong Pui-sze. ‘Through advancing health care, medical education and research,’ Mr Lee said, ‘the Department has stood by its mission and always strives for excellence in teaching, research and clinical service in medicine. Over the past century, you have made notable achievements to advancing knowledge and research, nurturing talents and leaders, and delivering first-class clinical services to the community.’ FEATURE ↓Kick-off Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Department of Medicine cum Opening of the 27th Hong Kong Medical Forum 內科學系成立一百周年 誌慶啟動禮暨第二十七 屆香港醫學論壇開幕禮 Beyond the Clinic and the Classroom 12