President Speech 2018
I would like to thank all our members, colleagues and friends for giving me the opportunity to serve as president of the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to all our former presidents including Professor CS Lau, Professor E Li, Dr WS Wong, Dr Carmen Ho, Professor LS Tam and Dr CC Mok, for establishing a strong foundation of our Society and their continuous commitment to the development of our Society over all these years.
 
Our Society has grown enormously, the population of the rheumatologists in Hong Kong has increased from a handful of people to over 80 today. Apart from full members, we have attracted many doctors from other specialty fields, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals, to join our Society
 
Under the leadership of the immediate past president Dr Carmen Ho, Professor LS Tam and many dedicated members, our Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) has developed from a local meeting to an international conference (The International Conference of Chinese Rheumatologists ( ICCR )) nowadays, and it will approach its 3rd year in coming November. The ICCR offers opportunities for collaborations and sharing of the state of the art clinical and scientific research data among international renowned speakers with our local and regional Chinese rheumatologists. It has already become a major annual event of our Society. With the dedicated efforts of our Council members and the Organizing Committee, I am sure it will be another success this year.
 
In order to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and professional development among our members, numerous Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been formed under the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology Education and Research Foundation. The Foundation was first established in 2012 with an initiative to develop the Hong Kong Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) registry. Excitingly it has extended to cover more areas of subspecialties in the past few years, ranging from various rheumatic SIGs to specific skill enhancement such as capillaroscopy, musculoskeletal ultrasonography and Magnetic Resonant Imaging (MRI) workshop. I promise the Society will continue to facilitate and support the development of all these groups to the benefit of our profession advancement and scientific research, with the ultimate goal to improve our quality of patient care.
 
With the rapid advances in medical technology and the availability of the novel therapies in rheumatic field, our Society will continue to update our local treatment recommendations in different rheumatic diseases regularly, which are more tailor-made for Hong Kong medical setting.
 
To enhance the interest of our fellow rheumatologists and health care workers, we will continue to organize various symposia and educational courses. The Hong Kong Bulletin of Rheumatic Diseases, with the efforts of the Editor-in-Chief - Dr CC Mok and the editorial board members, is now available online to provide free access to the readers over the globe. We will continue to collaborate with different specialty societies to organize more joint-courses and symposia to exchange the medical knowledge and to strengthen the concept of multidisciplinary care for our patients.
 
Hong Kong is unique in its geographical and medical position, we are in partnerships with many of our neighboring professional and academic Societies, including Guangdong province, the Greater Bay area, APLAR (Asia Pacific League of Rheumatology) and many of our regional countries. Through various meetings and cooperation, we will further deepen mutual trust, respect and understanding with each other.  
 
This year is our HKSR 30th Anniversary, let’s celebrate our success and continue to build a stronger and better society for our next generation of rheumatology community.
 
 
Dr Ronald ML Yip



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