湘雅海外校友会会长2012年年度报告

Monday, December 31, 2012
President Annual Report
Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association
2012

 

Dear Alumni:
 
As we begin the New Year, I think it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the activities and accomplishments of our organization in 2012. To begin with, I want to thank all alumni who donated to this organization as well as those who have contributed time and efforts in serving our alumni and Alma Mater.
 
1.         A new team of XYOAA organization
We formed a new Board of Trustees and five expertise-based committees. Given the historical circumstance, the new Board members were chosen by a few former Board members based on the professional standing and contributions to XYOAA. The five committees are responsible for various functions of XYOAA: Alumni Affair, Education, Research, Clinical Practice, and Pharmaceutics/Biotechnology. Thanks to our committee members, each committee has formed specific aims in their Mission Statements in accordance with the mission of this association. Most of the committees have been active in fulfilling those tasks. With the increased involvement of many alumni, we will consider to expand the Board and the committees this year. Obviously, we need the continual effort and support of the committees as well as our alumni.
 
2.         The birth of XYOAA logo
Ten years after XYOAA was founded, we finally had our official logo. Ming Zhao (’77, San Antonio, TX) and Li-Ming Zhang (’80, Pittsburgh, PA) took the lead in organizing the logo selection.  The logo was carefully selected based on its overall appearance and meanings. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciations to the logo designer, Heling Liu (’80, Boston, MA), for her great effort and such a splendid job. The iconic Xiangya Red Building truly symbolizes Xiangya School of Medicine and represents our bond with the Alma Mater.
 
3.         A better and more functional XYOAA website
One of the mandates when I took the position a year ago was to reconstruct the XYOAA website. After a few months of intense efforts, the newly reconstructed website (www.xyoaa.org) was officially launched on May 11, 2012. The website is featured with many interesting and useful articles, photos, and news/events. I want to take this opportunity to thank our generous donors, who responded to our call at the critical moment of XYOAA. Your support is essential to the web project and to this organization. Li-Ming Zhang, our executive vice president, has been instrumental since the very beginning, from ideas to designs, and has made tremendous efforts to the success of the web project. Ming Zhao has offered his enthusiastic support and artistic talent.
 
4.         The Inaugural Xiangya Milestone International Forum on Medicine (Xiangya MIFM)
Over the years, there have been many academic exchanges between alumni and XYSOM, but mainly at individual levels. This year, in collaboration with XYSOM and Xiangya Hospital, we organized the Inaugural Xiangya MIFM. The focus of this year’s symposium was Translational Medicine. Dayue Duan (’77, Reno, NV) and Yuanshan Zhu (’77, New York, NY), the Co-Chairs of the Research Committee, led the way in originating the idea, forming the organizing committee, communicating the concept with our colleagues at Xiangya, recruiting speakers, and working out important logistics. Dayue made two trips to Changsha, China to finalize the details. I thank our classmates, Drs. Hong Sun and Xiao Ping, both ’77 and at Xiangya Hospital, for their enthusiastic endorsement and support to Xiangya MIFM. For the detailed information, please check the link: http://www.xiangya.com.cn/ttxw/201209/2012-09-18/9458.html. The Symposium represents one of the established academic exchanges between XYOAA and XYSOM and will continue annually in conjunction with the annual 30th anniversary of graduation celebration. This year, Gary Zhou (’78, New Haven, CT) and Zhenqi Liu (’78, Charlottesville, VA) will lead the effort in organizing the Xiangya MIFM. Our goal is to establish Xiangya MIFM as the flagship of our exchange programs and as an academic symbol of XYSOM.
 
5.         Selecting Outstanding Overseas Alumni
In the spring of 2012, the Board met and discussed a plan for XYOAA 10th anniversary celebration. The Board felt that one of the meaningful ways to mark the event would be to celebrate the extraordinary achievement of our alumni. In the following 3-4 months, the Award Committee chaired by Gary Zhou (’78, New Haven, CT) and Ming Zhao were hard at work in identifying award nominees. Thanks to the participation of many alumni, the committee received forty-six nominations for the awards. After careful review and several rounds of discussions and votes, the committee selected 19 alumni for the seven categories of awards (See attachment): 1) Award of Honor, 2) Award for Research Excellence, 3) Award for Academic Excellence, 4) Award for Clinical Excellence, 5) Award for Community Service and Citizenship, 6) Distinguished Service Award, and 7) Award for Outstanding Alumnus. The list of the Awardees is attached with this report. Please take a moment and read their stories posted on our website. Congratulations!
                                                                                                                                 
6.         Celebrating XYOAA 10th Anniversary
The celebration was held in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. A committee chaired by Xiang Tao (’80, Houston, TX) organized the celebration event in two parts: a day of symposium followed by a gala dinner and evening entertainment program. Nearly 100 alumni attended the celebration. Several organizations have offered their congratulations, including Central South University (CSU), XYSOM, Hunan Foreign Affair Office, and the Consulate General of PRC in Houston (See attachment). A delegate of CSU-XYSOM and Xiangya hospitals led by Dr. Tian Yongquan, the vice chancellor of CSU, joined us during the event. During the symposium, our alumni speakers shared the stage with our colleagues from the three Xiangya Teaching Hospitals. They presented insightful and very informative lectures on a variety of topics ranging from stem cell research to translational medicine, from state-of-the art radiation cancer therapy to simulation training for crisis management, from private practice management to perception of psychiatric disorder and practice risk management. The three presidents, Drs. Sun Hong, Zhou Shenghua, and Chen Fangping gave their insightful thoughts about the hospital managements and reform under the current conditions in China, as well as the future directions of their hospitals. Most importantly, many alumni had the precious opportunity to meet and re-connect with each other and share their life stories. However, the gathering was too short and we had to say good-by the next day. As many alumni indicated, we hope we will have a similar gathering in the near future. You may view many nice photos in the Forum on our website.
 
7.         Finance
In 2012, we have made limited fund-raising efforts for the two major events – the web project and the 10th anniversary celebration. Thanks to our alumni donors and hospital/corporate sponsors, we have generated sufficient fund to cover the expenses of two events. The detailed financial report for 2012 will be submitted to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.
 
Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2013!
 
Wei Chao, MD, PhD
President, XYOAA
Boston, Massachusetts