Message from the President
This year is the 25th Anniversary of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists. Since the establishment, the most important mission of our College is to safeguard the quality of training, so as to ensure high standard of pathology service to our patients.
November is the time when new Fellows and Members are admitted to the College. On behalf of the College, I would like to extend my sincere welcome to all new Fellows and Members to the family of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists. This is a moment of celebration for the new milestone. After overcoming years of serious training and prevailing the challenge of examinations, our Fellows are now quali ed specialists in Pathology who are consultants to bedside doctors. This is also a moment of gratitude. Trainers in Hong Kong should be proud of our tradition of sel ess contribution to training. Our trainees and our new Fellows should thank your trainers for their tireless supervision. Of course, you should also thank your family for their unfailing support.
It is now increasingly known that pathologists play a pivotal role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The continuously changing clinical scenario and widening scope of knowledge need our vigilant attention to adaptation of training. Due to the increasing use of genetics and genomics in modern pathology, our College is preparing for the establishment of a post-specialty fellowship in Genetic and Genomic Pathology.
To ensure provision of safe service, long term planning of manpower and new services in pathology is important. The Academy and our College will hopefully play a more active role in the future.
To let our community understand our work, the College has been reaching out. With President as representative, our College has expressed views in task forces and specialist panels on health issues. In liaison with the international pathology community on International Pathology Day, a two days’ workshop has been organized in November for the public and secondary school students. With our sincere and persistent e ort, we should be able to break the barrier surrounding our profession and communicate better with the public and health professionals.
Let me express our thanks to Fellows and friends for the continuous support of the College. We sincerely welcome active participation from our new Fellows to strengthen the profession and to better serve the community.
Professor CHEUNG NgaYin,Annie November 2016
Message from the President
We are honoured to stand on the shoulders of giants so that we can continue to enhance the development of pathology based on the achievements of our senior Fellows and colleagues. In this newsletter, tributes are paid to two distinguished pathologists who have contributed tremendously to the development of pathology in Hong Kong. Professor Sir Roddy MACSWEEN and Professor Li Chong CHAN left us in the winter of 2015. This is a personal loss to me, as I have been fortunate enough to have worked with and learnt from them for decades. To express our appreciation and grieve, Professor Faith HO and Professor John NICHOLLS, with the help of Fellows, colleagues and friends, have contributed two articles to pay tributes to these two giants in the eld of pathology.
Indeed, pathology is facing signi cant challenges, from manpower shortage to technological advancement and raised expectations from community. Our College will continue to safeguard the standard of our profession and quality of service to our patients. To achieve this, our College will enhance representation in various local task forces and committees so that our views can be heard. A Task Force on Training for Genetics and Genomics, led by TEC Chairman Dr Michael CHAN, with membership including Chief Examiners and Specialty Board Chairmen, is nalizing the preparation for establishing the post-specialty Fellowship in Genetic and Genomic Pathology.
Introduction of pathology to the general public continues to be enhanced through the International Pathology Day. Last year, we have focused on high school students and a two days’ workshop was conducted with great success. I must thank Dr Michael WONG and the team of young pathologists who made such success possible.
We continue our collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and our sister Colleges. Internationally, I participated in the International Liaison of Pathology Presidents (ILPP) meeting in Melbourne so that knowledge and views can be shared with international pathology professionals.
In 2016, the quinquennial ( ve-yearly) inspection of laboratories for training of the various specialties will be conducted. This is an enormous exercise that demands joint e ort of the large number of inspectors involved. I would like to thank in advance the great contribution from all the Educational Supervisors, inspectors and particularly the Convenors for this inspection exercise.
Professor CHEUNG NgaYin,Annie May 2016