Fellowship Conferment Ceremony, HKCPaed
Address by the President, Professor TF Fok
President-Elect of the International Pediatric Association
Dear Dr Leong, Dr Chow, Dr Ho, Dr Lam, Dr Kwok, Presidents and representatives from our sister colleges, Honoured Guests, Fellows and Members of the College, Our new graduates, ladies and gentlemen.
First I would like to welcome all of you to the Fellowship Conferment Ceremony of the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians. We are very honoured by the presence of so many distinguished guests and the presidents and representatives of our sister colleges. Thank you for gracing us with your presence.
I feel particularly honoured and privileged to have Dr CH Leong with us here today. Dr Leong will address us in a short moment, and this will be his last speech given to a College in his capacity as the President of the Academy. While our college is very fortunate to be able to pay host to you, Dr Leong, on this most memorable occasion, we are saddened by the thought that you will relinquish your presidency in a weeks¡¦ time. I do not have to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, how the Academy has moved forward in big strides under the leadership of Dr Leong in the last four years, as the evidence is too ample to be missed. I do not have any doubt, Dr Leong, that your successor Professor Grace Tang will have the ability and vision to follow your footpath in bringing the Academy forward, but we will miss you and your leadership in guiding us through the council meetings and other activities of the Academy. In his parting speech given to the US Congress, General Douglas MacArthur once said, ¡§old soldiers never die, they only fade away¡¨. It is however hard for us to even imagine you fading away after so many years of colourful and exciting public service. To many of us, you have been a most enlightening though sometimes intimidating teacher. To the people of Hong Kong, you have been an effective legislator, and one with the rare quality of integrity. To all of us here, you have been an able Hospital Authority Chairman who would not shrink from responsibilities, and of course a visionary Academy President. We look forward to your continued leadership in whatever capacity you choose to take on in the many more years to come. To our graduates, today no doubt is a very important day for you, and I consider it my personal honour and privilege to preside over today¡¦s occasion and confer to you the much treasured College Fellowship. After today, you will be qualified to be specialist Paediatricians. This is a title bestowed on you in recognition of your hard work throughout the long years of your training. With this title, however, you will be bound by the duties and responsibilities as Paediatricians for your whole career.
In preparation for this speech, I have tried to look up the definition of Paediatrician, and the following descriptions I found in the internet are the ones that suit us most:
¡§Paediatricians are the only medical practitioners who provide holistic care to patients ranging from newborns to young adults, and ranging from a few hundred grams to over 100 kg in body size.¡¨
¡§Paediatricians are people who care for children and families, including the problems they face in society.¡¨
¡§Paediatricians work with others in their communities to better the welfare of children.¡¨
¡§Paediatricians work with public policy makers to advocate for children and their families.¡¨
Thus as a Paediatrician, your primary responsibility is to be a healer for sick children and adolescents, and to be a child advocate. You should always keep your eyes open and your mind open so that you can look and think much further beyond the confine of your hospitals or clinics. In addition to healing the sick, you should be advocates of children and their families. The world is full of irony and this is true also about the way children are being treated. In good times, children are often praised as the most valuable asset and future pillars of society. Yet when resources become scarce and there are competing demands, children are often the most helpless, most defenseless, and the most vulnerable members of society because they do not have any political power, and most of the needy ones do not have influential parents. As Paediatricians we must stand firm in fighting for the welfare of children, safeguarding their interest and not letting them fall victim to any social injustice. Dear Graduates, the fellowship that is being conferred to you today is a testament of your ability in taking up this task. What remains is whether or not you also have the will power to do so. I wish fervently and believe you do. On this note I would like to congratulate you once again for your achievements. Thank you.
13th Annual General Meeting
The 13th Annual General Meeting was held on 11th December 2004 at the Lim Por Yen Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building. The minutes of the 12th AGM and the Annual Report of the College were received and adopted. Copies of the Annual Report will be sent to those Fellows, Members and Associates who did not attend the AGM.
Following a postal ballot, Drs. Chan Chok Wan, Chan Kwok Hing Alex, and Leung Ping Maurice were re-elected as Council Members for another term of three years from 2004 to 2007. Mr Peter Mark and Mr Walter Ma were re-appointed as the College¡¦s honorary legal advisor and honorary auditor respectively.
The annual subscription fees for Fellows, Members and Associates will remain as $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. Amendments to the College¡¦s Bye-Laws concerning the composition and terms of reference of Standing Committees were also announced.
Dr. Chan Cheong Wai
Announcement from CME Subcommittee
Call for submission of CME Annual Return Forms before 15th January 2005
As announced by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, there will be synchronization of CME cycles so that the previous CME cycles of all Fellows will end at December 2004. All Fellows are reminded to submit the following to the College before 15th January 2005:
1. Their completed Annual Return Forms (for Fellows whose cycles end in December, it should cover the period January to December 2004; for Fellows whose cycles end in June, it should cover the period July 2003 to December 2004);
2. Copies of Attendance Certificates of Overseas Meetings attended;
3. Copies of their Log Book entries of CME activities for the year (for Categories A, B, C, and D).
These documents can be sent by mail to the following address:
For your convenience, extra copies of Annual Return Forms and sections of log book for Category A, B, C and D activities can be downloaded from the College homepage, CME section.
Announcement from Education Subcommittee
Revised CME/CPD Guidelines, Hong Kong College of Paediatricians
The Guidelines for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of our College have recently been revised in accordance with the recommendations of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine to widen the scope of continuing education to include Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The revised CME/CPD Guidelines of our College has been finalized after a period of consultation involving our Fellows in November 2004. The Guidelines have now been approved by the Education Committee of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and will be implemented from 1st January 2005 for all new and existing Fellows. The reasons for the changes and the synchronization of the commencement of a new 3-year CME/CPD cycle (1st January 2005 ¡V 31st December 2007) to begin on the 1st January 2005 for all Fellows have already been announced to all our Fellows. The new Guidelines for Continuous Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development (CME/CPD) can be viewed on the College website. A brief outline of the major revisions is as follows:
Congratulations to the following 13 candidates who passed the MRCPCH Clinical Examination in November 2004:
Dr Chan Pui Suen, Pissy Grace
Dates of Examination in 2005
(2) MRCPCH Part II Examination:
(3) MRCPCH Clinical Examination:
(4) DCH Clinical Examination:
(5) Exit Assessment:
Revised Guidelines on Exit Assessment
Members' Benefits ¡V
All Fellows, Members and Associates are eligible to enjoy the benefits subject to the above-mentioned rules. They should apply directly to Ming Xing Investment Company Limited¡¨ using the Application Form at Appendix I and Direct Debit Form at Appendix II. Members are advised to study the details of the arrangement at our College Website under the Members¡¦ Section.
Discount on Books
Category A Activities
Listed below are CME Category A activities organized by the HKCPaed and various paediatric societies and institutions. For the complete list of Category A activities and Category B activities, please refer to the homepage of the HKCPaed.
The accuracy of the information has been checked according to the details submitted by the responsible organizers. Members and fellows are reminded to enquire the contact person listed below for last-minute alterations.