The Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, formed in 1997 by the merger of the previous Departments of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, represents the largest clinical department in the Faculty of Medicine. With 26 clinical academic staff, 6 consultants and 7 associate consultants working closely together, we provide comprehensive clinical service to patients, offer teaching throughout the 5-year integrated medical curriculum and chart into new frontiers of research in both clinical and basic sciences.
Our Department has a comprehensive coverage of 12 specialties in Medicine including Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Geriatrics, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology. Besides undergraduate teaching, we offer plenty opportunities in postgraduate training for our fellows and medical practitioners outside the hospital. Our annual scientific meeting, Advances in Medicine, is well received with subscription close to 2,000 each year. Our diploma course, Advances in Medicine, is recognized by the Medical Council as a quotable qualification.
In the last 5 years, with the generous support from the University and our donors, we have established the Institute of Vascular Medicine, Institute of Digestive Disease, Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes & Obesity and SH Ho Centre for Gerontology and Geriatrics. Our major research interests include Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure, Cerebro-vascular Diseases, Diabetes and complications, Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Cancers, Replacement Therapy for End-stage Renal Failure, Respiratory Infections such as Influenza and Tuberculosis, among others.
Our colleagues have received awards of research such as the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award of the People's Republic of China, the Most Outstanding Contribution Award (Clinical Therapeutics) of the Food and Health Bureau, SAR Government of Hong Kong, to name just a few.
In 2003, we faced the unprecedented challenge shaking up the healthcare system of Hong Kong and the whole world. An outbreak of unknown infectious disease, subsequently named Severe Atypical Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), swarmed the Prince of Wales Hospital leading to many of our colleagues came down with life threatening illness. In a period of 3 months, our colleagues worked around the clock in heavy protective gears looking after over 330 patients and healthcare workers infected by SARS coronarvirus. With the first-hand experience of managing this condition, we shared our clinical protocol with other hospitals in Hong Kong, as well as public health agencies around the world and medical centers from other cities including Beijing, Singapore, Taipei and Toronto. After the epidemic, the SARS team at the Prince of Wales Hospital received numerous public recognition and awards locally and internationally. More importantly, the historic event put our hearts and our spirits together with our patients.
Looking forward into the future, we are grooming a new generation of young academics with passion and talent in Science and Medicine. We are building further collaborations with renowned institutions and research groups around the world to excel our research. We are striving to innovate and improve on our undergraduate and postgraduate training and education. Last but not the least, we are emphasizing on holistic care and medical professionalism in caring for our patients.