ASIAN MEDICAL STUDENTS'
ASSOCIATION HONG KONG
Academic Department (ACAD)
The Academic Department of AMSAHK follows the structure of the Asian Medical Students Association, AMSA. Our department is first and foremost committed to the fostering of interest and ability in academic research within medicine. This vision is enacted on two scopes.
Firstly, the Academic department seeks to raise awareness of the possibilities of participation in academic research among the medical student communities of Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We also hope to increase interest, familiarity, and ability in the process of research, as this skill we believe to be necessary both to education in medical school, as well as development further on in various medical careers.
The second, focused scope lies within AMSAHK; our department seeks to hone our own capability in writing and presenting research, and to use these skills to increase the reputation of Hong Kong’s research among medical students internationally through participation in academic conferences.
The Asian Medical Student Association, of which AMSAHK is a chapter, hosts two conferences yearly, the EAMSC and the AMSC, both of which combine cultural, academic, and educational exchange. The Academic department participates in both conferences, though we take different roles in each one.
The Asian Medical Students Conference (AMSC) is held in the summer period. The conference is similar to the EAMSC but on a larger scale, with more than 20 Asian-Pacific chapters. This year AMSAHK participated in the scientific paper competition with a paper on the topic of Telerehabilitation Conveyed Caregiver Empowerment for enhancement of Hip Fracture Recovery - protocol development for a single blinded randomised control trial.
The competitions follow a different theme every year, and as AMSAHK our projects target issues relevant to Hong Kong, so that we gain a better understanding of the state of medical problems in Hong Kong. By participating in these competitions, we raise the reputation of Hong Kong as a research hub internationally, as well as learning about situations and perspectives in research from other countries.
Our work has been recognised in most, if not all, of the EAMSCs since 2011. We are grateful for the opportunity to present our findings to panels of professors and audience of delegates from all over Asia every year, as well as to receive awards for that.
Online ACAD Enrichment Workshop Series
ACAD delivered a series of three online workshops to empower medical students to actively participate in medical research by providing them with the knowledge to initiate and conduct research. We invited professors from both HKU and CUHK to share their knowledge and experience during these workshops.
Our first workshop introduced the process of designing and conducting research and how to critically analyse and evaluate published papers that could be useful to the research students are doing. Our second workshop was on the wrong use of statistics and why it isn’t always true. This workshop intended to showcase that statistical testing is not always valid; results showing association do not mean causation; and testing can be affected by various factors, such as data collection. Our third workshop was on the difficulties and challenges encountered in research and how we can overcome these difficulties.