Welcome Message from the President of the Asian Medical Students' Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK)
Welcome to the website for the Asian Medical Students’ Association Hong Kong (AMSAHK)! Established in 2003, AMSAHK is the first and largest inter-school medical student organisation in Hong Kong, with our Executive Board being made up of medical students from both the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Our local campaigns delve into topics spanning from academic research and medical education to human rights and public health, allowing us to explore a range of topics that help enrich the medical knowledge of others beyond the classroom walls.
AMSAHK is one of the founding members of the Asian Medical Students’ Association international (AMSA-I) and a member of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Within these societies. AMSAHK serves as the sole global representative of Hong Kong on international medical issues, and connects Hong Kong medical students with individuals from over 140 countries and regions to collaborate on constructing policies which aim towards creating a better tomorrow.
This year, I am proud to present to you all the establishment of the Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV & AIDS (SCORA) within AMSAHK. This committee aims to further increase public awareness on topics regarding sexual health, LGBTQ+ issues, and sexual and reproductive rights. Although generally considered as taboo topics, it is integral that we start a conversation on these issues in order to identify the sources of our personal and societal bigotry, and deconstruct them to create a more accepting tomorrow. The stigmatization and discrimation shown by doctors towards those who deviate from the conventionally accepted sexual social norms also serves to discourage these minorities from seeking appropriate medical assistance, and without addressing these ingrained prejudiced mindsets, we fail to become accepting and empathetic medical practitioners. With this in mind, SCORA aims to educate the public on such issues to combat gross societal misinformation, serving as the first step to deconstructing harmful stereotypes and generalizations to create a community that is more accepting towards sexual and gender minorities.
I welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our mission, vision, organisational structure, and activities. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email, and I thank you once again for visiting our website. I hope that you will join me in watching AMSAHK grow and thrive as we continue to serve medical students and the community, locally and beyond.
With gratitude and anticipation,
Executive Committee 2019-20
Asian Medical Students’ Association Hong Kong