The Asian Medical Students' Conference (AMSC) 2023 is an annual AMSA-I conference, and this year, it was held in Taipei, Taiwan. With an increasing ageing population across many countries in Asia, this year's conference theme "Geriatrics: Care for the Future", is highly applicable to Hong Kong. Through a plethora of learning modes including keynote speeches, group programmes, long-term care visits, and parallel sessions, our delegates learned a lot about the field of geriatrics. Another significant aspect of AMSC are the cultural programmes, where our delegates enjoyed food from the night markets of Taipei, and various cultural workshops.
We are also excited to congratulate our Academic Department (ACAD) for their outstanding achievements at AMSC 2023. ACAD submitted a scientific poster on the "Prevalence and Risk factors of Dry Eye Disease among Chinese Geriatric Patients: A Cross-Sectional Analysis" for the scientific poster competition at AMSC 2023. We are incredibly proud of ACAD for winning 1st place at the scientific poster competition! Thank you to Professor Kendrick Shih for giving us the opportunity to work on this project with you. ACAD also submitted a scientific paper on "Improving Hip Fracture Recovery in Elderly Patients Through Telerehabilitation: A Double-Blinded Randomised Controlled Trial" for the scientific paper competition, and won 3rd place! This is an incredible achievement. We would like to thank Professor Christian Fang, we are honoured to have worked on this project with you.
As a familiar country for many from Hong Kong, Taiwan didn’t evoke much curiosity from me when I was signing up for AMSC 2023. Yet in the end I came away with so much more than just a guided tour of the place. Whilst experiencing the vibrant cultures and night life of Taiwan was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, AMSC 2023 offered me a unique opportunity to go beyond that and interact with delegates from all over the Asia Pacific Region. Through shared experiences, immersing in different cultures and forming genuine friendships, it was truly an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for many years to come. Admittedly, the main conference topic of geriatric medicine was not one I was deeply passionate about. Yet after interacting with the elderly during care center visits and actively designing a center with fellow delegates, it sparked a newfound sense of empathy and interest towards this healthcare issue, which is all the more relevant back home in Hong Kong nowadays. I am grateful for the opportunity to join AMSC this year and wholeheartedly recommend anyone still on the fence to join AMSA conferences in the future – I’m sure you won’t regret it.
- Herman (HKU M27)
AMSC 2023 Taiwan included a balanced mix of geriatric medicine and sociocultural exchanges. On the more academic side of things, various academic competitions, including scientific poster, public poster, and scientific paper competition, as well as keynote speeches by authoritative figures in geriatrics informed us of up-to-date particulars and state of the art developments within the field. Furthermore, visiting a long-term care center and working hands-on on a case study presentation about community geriatrics allowed us to realize the realities within geriatrics on an organizational and societal level respectively. Sociocultural exchanges are also an integral part of the AMSC, facilitated by its interactive environment. Apart from experiencing Taiwan’s multidimensional heritage through its night markets, museums, and landmarks, the opportunity to interact with medical students from various countries allowed us to widen our perspectives and deepen our understanding about medical education and healthcare systems around the world. Additionally, the bonds formed are definitely one of the greatest takeaways from the conference. Overall, this has been an informing and gratifying experience.
- Oscar (CUHK M28)