Posted Mon, 05/10/2010 - 14:52 by ljz
Happy New Year to everyone!
This New Year sees TJMCOAA in a stage of a growth and maturation process that has been going on for the last several years. Now, we have a relatively stable infrastructure, more experienced leadership, and very active alumni participations. I am thus extremely pleased and honored to serve as the president of TJMCOAA for the year of 2010. Looking back, the past two years have been somewhat unusual for us, as we have gone through some difficult times: we have been struck by the losses of Professors Fazu Qiu, Zhongbi Wu and Hanping Guan, who will all be widely remembered and sorely missed; and we have seen a great tragedy in the Sichuan Earthquake of 2008, along with a number of other disasters, both natural and man-made. On top of everything, the severe worldwide financial crisis has had a significant impact on all our lives. It is my hope that the year of 2010 will be the beginning of not only a new decade, but of a period of prosperity for all our alumni, and for all the people of the world. As an overseas alumni organization of TJMC, TJMCOAA will of course be helping TJMC as well as our overseas alumni; however, we should be reminded that TJMCOAA does not only serve TJMC and TJMC alumni, but also the local communities in which they reside. On behalf of TJMCOAA board, I personally encourage each of you to initiate or participate in as many charitable, educational community services as possible. Consider extending voluntary medical advisory services to your community, or offer your medical expertise at local functions. Well-known charitable organizations such as Operation Smile or Project Orbis are also good ways to help. Even simply delivering a good meal to those less fortunate during holidays has a beneficial impact on everyone involved. By fertilizing our roots in our local communities, we will ultimately enrich TJMCOAA globally.
TJMCOAA's past presidents have done an outstanding job in leading our organization to its present standing, and I am very lucky to have closely witnessed its birth and growth. While I can clearly remember our humble past, I also foresee that the future will bring us much further growth and even greater achievements. In 2010, I don’t believe major changes to the existing infrastructure of TJMCOAA are necessary. However I will be reinforcing our Regional Directors network, and expect in the future that Regional Directors will play more important roles in coordinating events. And I think it is necessary to adjust the global representations of our board members by increasing under-represented areas. I would additionally like to see the committee chairs become more active and visible.
I also urge all of you to become actively, even aggressively involved in all TJMCOAA-initiated/ sponsored events. By doing so, you will be helping to build TJMCOAA in tremendous ways, and I hope that you will all enthusiastically commit yourselves to achieving our common goals. Now, let's roll up our sleeves and make our organization even more mature and better functional: the best that it can be. I know it can happen – if we all work together.
Thank you, all of you, for your continued support to TJMCOAA!
Henry Liu, M.D.