The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) at its annual meeting announced its inaugural International Health Policy Fellow, Roger Chung, Ph.D., M.H.S., assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Primary Care at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was chosen by a NAM-appointed selection committee through a highly competitive nomination process in collaboration with CUHK based on his professional qualifications, scholarship, and the quality of professional accomplishments, as evidenced through publications, research grants, as well as relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM.
Chung will participate in a two-year fellowship with 25 percent time residency in Washington, D.C., while maintaining his current faculty position and responsibilities at CUHK. At the beginning of the fellowship, Chung will spend a concentrated three-month period at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to learn about the organization’s activities. Chung will actively learn about specific National Academies’ activities during the fellowship and select a National Academies report to examine based on his home country.
“Dr. Chung’s work has focused on issues at the forefront of the challenges NAM is currently working to address, such as health inequality, social determinants of health, and end-of-life care,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau. “Through our international fellowship, he will actively participate in National Academies’ activities to develop and champion sound, evidence-based medicine and policies that can be contextualized to foster better health in his home setting. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Chung as our International Health Policy Fellow from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and am hopeful that, as the first, he’ll pave the way for others in the next generation of health leaders that will participate in this program in the future.”
In recognizing the need to build a pipeline of health policy scholars who are trained in bridging science with policy to put forth informed solutions to some of the world’s most critical health challenges, the NAM established its International Health Policy Fellowship Program in 2017. An additional fellow will be announced early next year.
This program is designed for early- to mid-career scholars in the fields of bioethics, medical ethics and law, economics and health policy, and health care to experience and participate in health care or public health studies that improve care and access to care for patients in domestic and global health care systems. One of the program’s initial fellowships will focus on bioethics and include a fellow from CUHK.
In addition to the International Health Policy Fellowship Program, the NAM administers four national health policy fellowship and scholar programs. More information on those programs is available here.
The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.