Images and Text by Peace Post Staff
Following eights years of scientific symposiums and support from the Sino Luso International Medical Forum, Macao’s first medical school and MBBS program opened in tandem with the 50th Sino Luso forum.
Officiated by Dr. Zhang Yang, Secretary-General of the Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the opening of the Faculty of Medicine at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Sino Luso 50 witnessed MOUs signed with Peking University Peoples Hospital President Dr. Jiang Baoguo, the University of Lisbon Faculty of Medicine Dean Fausto Pinto, and University of Porto Faculty of Medicine past Dean Maria Amelia Ferreira.
Dr. Shi Liying, Director of Foreign Affairs at the 4 million member strong Chinese Medical Doctors Association (CMDA) in Beijing, Dr. Lei Chin Ion, Director of Macao Health Bureau, Consul General of Portugal to Macao Paulo Cunha Alves, and Consul General of Mozambique to Macao Rafael Marques also attended.
Under the title of “Quality Assurance in Medical Education” the forum saw these expert deans address first batch of medical students, the first Faculty of Medicine, members of the Macao healthcare community, and city public with words of wisdom and well wishes.
For eight years of the forum, it has received the staunch support of the President of the Professor Ernesto Morais Foundation, Colonel Henrique Morais.
Colonel Morais, Dean Pinto, and Dean Ferreira were presented with Dr. Henry Fok Memorial Lecture medals by President of the Sino Luso Forum and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at MUST Professor Manson Fok.
They were also saluted by Dr. Billy Chan, Vice President of the Sino Luso forum and Director of the Center of Simulation in Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine at MUST.
Professor Niv Patil, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at MUST also imparted wisdom.
First launched in 2011, the Sino Luso International Medical Forum has trained over 10,000 local and regional frontline healthcare providers and is Macao’s largest non-profit public healthcare education forum, supported by the Henry Fok Foundation of Macao, the Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Foundation, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and a host of local Portuguese medical and healthcare associations.