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Overseas Clinical (Emergency Medicine) Training Fellowship for Healthcare professionals

Overseas Clinical (Emergency Medicine) Training Fellowship for Healthcare professionals



The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) has started operation on 1 November 2014. The institute is committed to establish Hong Kong as a regional and international leader in disaster preparedness and response training, and to promote local community resilience. A five years programme from 2014 to 2019 will be executed to train healthcare professional, NGOs and members of the community. Ongoing professional education and networking platform will be provided, enabling meaningful discussions related to education, policy development and accreditation.

The initiative of Overseas Training Fellowships is an effort to bring into Hong Kong and the Asia region the most comprehensive and updated knowledge through enabling healthcare professionals to study or work at renounced overseas training institutes or disaster-related agencies. This is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in disaster preparedness and response in the practical and real setting. The fellow will attend overseas training courses on disaster management, and/or institutionalizing placements at overseas disaster-related agencies. It would be of great value to the community for healthcare professionals to experience first-hand how disaster planning and response is carried out in well-established agencies overseas as they will be able to translate and adapt what they learn to suit local needs.

Learning Aims and Objectives

The fellowship aims to bring into Hong Kong and the Asia region the most comprehensive and updated knowledge through enabling local healthcare professionals to study or work at renowned overseas disaster simulation training institutes or disaster-accredited healthcare providers or training agencies.

The objectives are:

  1. To equip disaster responders with knowledge and skills in disaster preparedness and response by overseas clinical (emergency medicine) training, in particular the healthcare professionals
  2. To learn from disaster management for improvement in future incidents by placements at overseas disaster-related agencies.
  3. To enhance HKJCDPRI and other institutes’ capacity to provide evidence-based emergency training and influence in disaster preparedness actions and policy;
  4. To network and influence counterparts in the disaster training field in overseas and Hong Kong.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must be:

  • Holding relevant undergraduate or post-graduate university degree(s), and registered as healthcare professional qualification in Hong Kong. Healthcare professionals include medical doctor, nurse, academia and researcher, or worker in any other health professions; and
  • Working in a local or International institutes in Hong Kong; preference will be given to those which has work on emergency, disaster preparedness, medical humanitarian response and/or post-disaster development; and
  • Familiar with institutional emergency response system, knowledge of system in Hong Kong, China and Asia would be an asset.

Value of the Award

The fellows are expected to take up an overseas training course and/or overseas placement related to disaster preparedness and response. The fellow can either attend a training course or a placement, or doing both at the same or different period. The total period, i.e. period for the course(s) and/or placement, is for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one year. The course tuition fee and/or other eligible expenses on travel, accommodation, meal, insurance etc. are reimbursed under agreed regulations. Adjustment to the value of the award will be made according to the location of the training and/or placement.  

How to Apply

The candidate should provide the followings for application:

  1. A complete CV with an emphasis relating to the previous experience in disaster or humanitarian related training, if any.
  2. An essay of not more than 1,000 words on a proposed project about disaster-related training that can benefit HKAM’s mission of conducting state of the art disaster simulation training and exercises. The document should be organized and include details of the following:
    • Personal goals for spending time at the respective institutions.
    • The training need that the candidate intends to solve upon completion of the overseas attachment.
    • Other training courses or similar programmes in other parts of the world, and how this course might be relevant or applicable to the setting of Hong Kong and the region.
    • Description of how candidate will bring improvement to the existing training mechanism/ curriculum or competencies.
    • Apart from the content, the pedagogy and learning technology and platform HKJCDPRI can adopt from these courses or the clinical attachment
  3. Two letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s teaching ability - at least one must be from his/her supervisor.
  4. As a part of the Visiting Scholar application, applicants will submit the approval and support from overseas faculty, and the on-site arrangements and learning plans.

Separately, the applicant must also apply for the course(s) and/or placement which will start after the date of the confirmation of the award, i.e. November/December each year. We recommend the applicant to do this before or at the same time as apply for the Overseas Training fellowship.

Selection committee

An interview shall be conducted by a selection committee. The following factors shall be taken into account for selecting the suitable candidate:

  • The aspiration and suitability of the candidate to become a leader in disaster education as reflected by his/her CV, disaster and humanitarian education experience and qualification, and the essay about his/her project.
  • Support by his/her work supervisor.
  • Perceived ability as a leader and trainer.
  • An undertaking of becoming an instructor on simulation courses and exercises for HKJCDPRI is a must for the candidate to be selected.

Date of Commencement and Closing of Application

Three fellowships will be granted each year for 5 consecutive years from 2015 to 2019. Application opens in mid-August and award to be made in November every year.

Award Terms and Conditions

Overseas fellows are expected to agree to the terms and conditions of the Overseas Training Fellowship and sign the Final Award Letter. Some of the conditions stipulated in this letter are:

  • Request for the fellow to assist HKJCDPRI and/or their working institutions in conducting simulation training or drills.
  • Submit a report and/or deliver a sharing session on how to enhance capacity building initiatives of HKJCDPRI.
  • Complete the required training organized by HKJCDPRI.
  • Complete the course(s) and/or placement within 3 to 12 months.

Further Information

Enquiries should be made to the Secretary of the HKJCDPRI Fellowship, or at telephone number 2871 8507.