On Wednesday evening, August 10th, 2016, the August session of “IHL Fireside Chats” Sino-U.S. Physicians Panel and IHL 10th Anniversary Banquet was held at the historical New York Athletic Club. More than 60 Chinese and American physicians, healthcare professionals and students were invited to attend.

The panel discussion was conducted on the topic of " Patient - Centered Care"

The panel discussion was conducted on the topic of " Patient - Centered Care"

Before dinner, an warm opening remark was given by David P. Roye, MD on behalf of IHL to welcome and thank all the guests present. In the speech, Dr. Roye reviewed the achievement of IHL in the past 10 years. Meanwhile, he addressed cultivating health care talents and developing training programs as IHL’s priorities in the future, and reemphasized that IHL will spare no effort in bridging Chinese-American healthcare communication and promoting the development of Chinese public health.

A short yet informative panel discussion was then conducted on the topic of “Patient-Centered Care”. Panelists shared the challenges they faced in applying patient-centered paradigm to their practice, and commented on the future trajectory of patient-centered health care in both China and the U.S.. Physicians that sit on the panel include: David P. Roye JR., MD and Heakyung Kim, MD from New York-Presbyterian, Dr. Xinhong Pei from Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Dr. Xueyang Tang from West China Hospital, Sichuan University, and Dr. Kai Ren from The Second People's Hospital of Shenzhen.

At the end of the night, a special ceremony was held to award U.S. Physicians invited with “IHL Distinguished Mentorship” for the help and support they provided to IHL clinical observation program. Joshua Sonett, MD, Chief Surgeon of Thoracic Surgery Department at New York-Presbyterian, gave an inspiring speech upon acceptance on behalf of the awarded clinicians. In his speech, Dr. Sonett gave a high appraisal to IHL’s Clinical Observation Program, and expressed the expectation on collaborating with more and more Chinese physicians to improve the quality of care in China.