Newsletter

Year 2016

Volume 25, Issue 2 (click here to download the full pdf version)

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

 

 

Volume 25, Issue 1 (click here to download the full pdf version)

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

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Year 2015

Volume 24, Issue 1 (click here to download the full pdf version)

Message from the President

Pathology is an important element in medicine. Such importance has been increasingly acknowledged in professional and general community. Our College has been active in several professional activities to maximize our impact to improve the community health.

A Working Group on Genetic and Genomics has been set up by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2014 to coordinate the training in this field with college representatives from Community Medicine, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Pathologists and Physicians. Professor Rossa Chiu and I are representatives of our College in this group. Our College has also correspondingly set up a Task Force on Training for Genetics and Genomics, including Specialty Board Chairmen and Chief Examiners of various specialties to prepare syllabus and training options.

Locally, several Fellows and I have been involved as members in the Task Force of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot Programme, expressing our opinions to ensure quality of pathology service in the programme. I have also been invited to join in the Cancer Expert Working Group on Cancer Prevention and Screening as our College representative. Such representation reflects that the contribution of pathology is increasingly recognized.

Our College will continue to participate in media programmes coordinated by the Academy to explain our work and the contribution of our specialty to patients. In liaison with the international pathology community, activities related to the International Pathology Day are being planned to be conducted in the later part of 2015. The aim is to let the public understand our work better.

Internationally, we shall continue the collaboration with sister organizations in various countries both individually and collectively through associations such as International Liaison Pathology Presidents (ILPP) and World Association of Societies of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM). I believe that the future of pathology profession is challenging but promising. Fellows are most welcome to share opinions with the College so that our work can continue to be improved.

Prof CHEUNG Nga Yin Annie May 2015

 

Volume 24, Issue 2 (click here to download the full pdf version)

Message from the President

On behalf of the College, I would like to extend my warmest 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 surmounting years of serious training and hurdles of examinations, our new Fellows are now qualified specialists in Pathology who are consultants to bedside doctors. This is also the moment of gratitude. Our trainers should be thanked for their tireless supervision, ever since the trainees joined the profession of pathology.

It is now increasingly known that pathologists play a pivotal role in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Regrettably, the importance of Pathology is sometimes recognized through unfortunate incidents covered in the news media. Nevertheless, we may take such opportunities to highlight the importance of good pathology practice and our contribution to clinical medicine. The application of genetics and genomics in medicine is increasing. Following the initiation of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine to enhance the training and accreditation of investigation on genetics and genomics, our College is likely to be the first college in Hong Kong to establish a post-specialty fellowship in Genetics and Genomics.

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 specialists 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 effort, we should be able to break the barrier surrounding our profession and communicate better with the public and health professionals.

With the evolution of medical technology and the rising expectation of our patients and the public, let us unite our strength and determination to face the challenges and work towards a better future for the community.

Prof CHEUNG Nga Yin Annie Nov 2015

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Year 2014

Volume 23, Issue 1

Message from the President:

First of all, I wish to extend my warmest welcome to all newly admitted Fellows and Members to the family of The Hong Kong Collegeof Pathologists.

Pathology has evolved into a field combining clinical interpretation and application of advanced laboratory techniques. It is estimated nearly 70% of clinical decision is related to medical laboratory test results.

To address the increased expectation of the community, not just patients and relatives, we have to get well prepared. Nowadays, our responsibilities are not confined to diagnosing infection or malignancy efficiently and finding causes of sufferings or death accurately. From a few cells or drops of blood, we need to predict prognosis and guide the use of personalized medicine, to trace the routes of infection, to dissect genetic basis of disease, and to decide whether a person can receive organ from a donor.

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Volume 23, Issue 2

Message from the President:

Both Hong Kong and our College havefaced unprecedented challenges this year. OurCollege and our specialty have been in the spotlight of the media. There has been doubt on the standard of pathology training and qualification as well as pathology service in Hong Kong. While continuous self-reflection and review are constructive, we must not lose faith in our good practice and should continue our devotion to the community. With our sustained high quality of service, I am confident that the trust of the community can be maintained.

This is also a moment of celebration for our new Fellows and Members. On behalf of the College, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all newly admitted Fellows and Members to the family of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists. You have also faced and defeated challenges bravely. After surpassing years of serious training and examinations, our Fellows are now qualified specialists in pathology. As consultants to bedside doctors, you will play pivotal role in diagnosis as well as guiding the plan of prevention and treatment of disease.

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Year 2013

Volume 22, Issue 1

Message from the President:

After nearly two years of hard work among Councillors, Honorary Advisor and the lawyer of the Company Registry, we are in the process of calling an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in early June. A lot of work has been done on updating our Articles with modifications, including adopting a similar mechanism as the Academy on nomination of Honorary Fellow. The Registrar has, by the time of publishing this Newsletter, sent you the relevant information and invitation to attend the EGM held in the Academy Building in the evening on 10 June. I urge you to come and support the EGM which will only take a little bit of your time. If time permits, we may have a chat and you may let me know your thoughts on College matters. This is an important step for our College to move forward.

I am happy to announce that the structured training programme in Molecular Pathology is now established. Our Specialty Board chairpersons are instrumental in setting up individual programme in respective disciplines. Our laboratory inspectors have completed inspection of training centres. The Training and Examinations Committee reviewed all the inspection reports which have been endorsed by the Council. The new training curriculum will be effective for the new trainee intake this year.

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Volume 22, Issue 2

Message from the President:

After completing two terms as President, I write this final message to bid you farewell. The past four years have been a great challenge to me personally, and I believe my Council Officers and Members would feel the same. We have completed our inspection cycle on training centres for molecular pathology training. A revised training curriculum is now in place for our new trainees registered on or after 18 October 2012, with specific requirement to participate in structured molecular pathology training according to individual specialties. Though we encountered differences in opinion on the admission of scientists, I hope there will be closer liaison between our medical and scientific colleagues in future. Some of the scientists are, in fact, playing an important role in enhancing technical exposure of our residents in molecular pathology.

Our Extraordinary General Meeting held on 10 June this year was successful, after nearly three years’ preparatory work. We updated our Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&A) to adopt a similar mechanism as the Academy on nomination and election of Honorary Fellows. The M&A have also been further modified as a result of numerous communications among the solicitor of the Companies Registry, the Registrar and our Legal Advisor. All Council Members participated actively in fine-tuning the changes. I am pleased to report that everything is now in place, and I hope that this will facilitate our future operation.

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Year 2012

Volume 21, Issue 1

Message from the President:

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the College. We are facing a few major changes in the road ahead. Our TEC (Training and Examinations Committee) will start to implement a structured training programme in Molecular Pathology for different disciplines, including conducting the first round of inspection on training centres. The essence of the programme is to introduce some practical experience for our trainees. My personal feeling is that, analogous to performing deliveries during our undergraduate days, our trainees will understand the technology as well as its implications and limitations for their future practice. After all, it is the pathologist who is responsible for the interpretative reporting in pathology practice. The programme is simply an introduction to the field. Pursuit on further understanding in the subject does not stop there. We have witnessed Molecular Pathology developing into a separate discipline in other countries. It will be one of our future directions.

Our partnership with scientists is currently under close review. Following a favourable response from a survey initiated by the Council last year, an open forum is scheduled on 13 April for all members. The forum is an opportunity when all members will discuss on admitting scientists to the College under a new category, “Scientists of the Hong Kong College of Pathologists” (ScHKCPath). A Task Force, chaired by our Vice-President, Dr. Edmond MA, held meetings with representatives from different disciplines and worked out some preliminary admission criteria over the past 2 months. The new category is separate from our existing categories of Associates, Members and Fellows, and bears no voting right. In accordance with our Articles, our trainees need to be medically qualified, and fulfill our training requirement before they are allowed to take the Fellowship Assessment. Through recognition of the contribution by our “Scientists”, we wish to strengthen a closer collaboration between pathologists and scientists. The input of our new members will be channeled to the betterment of our profession. Hopefully, the local development of pathology practice will be taken to a new level.

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Volume 21, Issue 2

Message from the President:

This has been a very busy year for the College – and I truly mean it for the Office Bearers and the Council.

While the College was preparing for the Conferment Ceremony, AGM, T.B. Teoh Lecture and related events in 2011, we were also updating our Articles with modifications, including adopting a similar mechanism as the Academy on nomination of Honorary Fellow. I suddenly realized there is a new Companies Registry Law, and there needs to be clarification and changes in our Articles in order to comply with the Law. Hence, the EGM, planned since last year, has to be deferred till some time next year. I hope this can be done once we get clearance from the Companies Registry. All members will be duly informed, and I would greatly appreciate your support when it is called.

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Year 2011

Volume 20, Issue 1

Message from the President:

The appeal to address manpower shortage from the Department of Medicine in Tuen Mun Hospital initiated a series of events in the medical circle. I attended a forum for Chiefs of Services (COS) of the Hospital Authority (HA) in the Head Office on 8 March evening chaired by Dr. P.Y. Leung, the Chief Executive, and Mr. Anthony Wu, the HA Chairman. The top management appeared to be taken by surprise in regards to the magnitude of the problem which spread beyond one clinical discipline. They were sincere and eager to find immediate or short-term measures to help the frontline doctors.

During the session, many COS presented their views and ideas in helping their staff. It was recognized that the staff morale had been poor since the segregation of salary scales and contract terms a few years back. With the improvement in the private market and increase in demand and workload in the public sector, it is natural to see specialists and senior staff leaving the public service. The increased demand in certain specialties, such as Obstetrics, Radiology, Orthopaedics, and Urology, just to name a few, resulted in brain drain crippling some areas of the public service. This is aggravated by decrease in number of medical graduates for the next few years starting from 2011. Despite a proposal to increase intake of medical students, it will take at least 12 years to see the beginning of any replenishment of specialists.

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Volume 20, Issue 2

Message from the President:

This year we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the College. Like what we did 10 years ago, we are publishing a book to commemorate the 20th birthday and review the milestones of the past two decades. On behalf of the Council, I write to invite all Fellows and members of the College to our Annual Dinner on 19 November in the Academy Building, including all Past Presidents. It is the time to meet all old and new acquaintances.

The contribution of scientists to laboratory science in our practice has long been recognized. During the last ILCP meeting, I realized the close collaboration among pathologists and scientists, especially when I was told that pathology residents in the States are assigned to molecular laboratories run by scientists as part of their training. The Royal College of Pathologists in Australasia established a Faculty of Science to enroll scientists (including pathologists with contribution in Medical Science) as Fellows. In order to facilitate our further collaboration, it may be time to consider extending our family to our scientific partners. A survey has been carried out under the Credential and Appeals Committee (CAC) recently on the admission of scientists, under the instruction of the Council. Details of the survey are included in this Newsletter. Having discussed in our Council, we understand we do not have the resources to finance and support a separate faculty. Hence we may consider creating a new category, separate from our existing categories (Fellow, Member and Associate) to accommodate our new partners. I would like to discuss more on this aspect with you in the near future in an open forum. At this point so far, I would like to thank our CAC, chaired by Drs. Raymond YUNG and Edmond MA, for their effort in organizing and carrying out the survey.

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Year 2010

Volume 19, Issue 1

Message from the President:

I have been asked a few times about my plan since I took office last November. Though I have some ideas about the work, I must admit I have little time to set up any schedule. Perhaps this gives me a chance to write up some thoughts.

Over the past few years since I joined the College Council, there were major changes. We have a full-time College Secretary who helps to tidy up bits and pieces in our Chamber, including taking Council minutes, managing daily operation of the College, and assistance in CME/CPD. At present, Adrienne plays a crucial role in communication among Fellows, Councillors and the Academy. We discussed and implemented changes in standardizing score in examinations, examination formats in specialties, training requirements (such as in case of long sick leave, autopsy numbers), appeal mechanism, etc. All of these require the work of a team, not individuals, who share the view to better the College and our profession.

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Volume 19, Issue 2

Message from the President:

On behalf of the College, I hosted the International Liaison Committee of Presidents (ILCP) Meeting 2010 on 2 & 3 September in Hong Kong. This is an annual event hosted by one of the member colleges and societies in their respective nations. The member colleges and societies of ILCP include the Royal College of Pathologists (U.K.), Association of Clinical Pathologists (U.K.), the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Faculty of Pathology of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, College of American Pathologists, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The Canadian Association of Pathologists became a new member last year, but its President was unable to attend this meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is for Presidents of Colleges and Societies of Pathologists to meet face to face to discuss on various issues of our professional practice in developed countries, including problems encountered. It is hoped that work on joint statements, projects and high-level strategy can be formulated if necessary.

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Year 2009

Volume 18, Issue 1

From the Chief Editor

Dear Fellows and Members,

Happy New Year! Time flies, and here is another issue of Pathologue.

In the Message from the President, Dr. NG Wing Fung shared with us his vision regarding the future of pathology practice and the College. The 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the 17th T.B. Teoh Foundation Lecture were well attended. As in previous years, we have captured the happy and exciting moments for your memory. The 17th T.B. Teoh Foundation Lecture was delivered by Professor KAN Yuet Wai and entitled “Haemoglobin Genetics, from Diagnosis to Treatment”. The 4th Trainee Presentation Session took place on the same day of the AGM. The winner this year, Dr. Doris CHING, presented the detective work undertaken by the Toxicology Reference Laboratory of Princess Margaret Hospital in identifying the local Outbreak of Hypoglycaemia: Sexual Enhancement Products Containing Oral Hypoglycaemic Agent.

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Volume 18, Issue 2

From the Chief Editor

Dear Fellows and Members,

Molecular biology is becoming the bread-and-butter of pathology in the 21st century. For our featured article of this issue, the Era of Molecular Biology in Diagnostic Pathology, the Editorial Board has invited Fellows of different subspecialties to provide their views on this subject. The importance of molecular pathology in the current practice of pathology was further explored in the Message from the President by Dr. Wing Fung NG. In his message, Dr. NG also highlighted the recent changes in the training requirements for our trainees.

In the Topical Update from the Education Committee, Dr. Morris TAI discussed on the Global Standardization of HbA1c. On a lighter side in the Out of the Whitecoat section, One Pathologist’s Passion of Trekking to the High Mountains, Dr. Harold P.H. YU recollected his fascinating encounter with the mountains and people from different parts of the world.

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Year 2008

Volume 17, Issue 1

From the Chief Editor

Dear Fellows and Members,

In this issue of Pathologue, our new President Dr. W.F. Ng delivered his first Message from the President, with emphasis on his vision regarding training.

For those who could not join us at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the 3rd Trainee Presentation Session last year, we have captured the happy moments to share with you. The winner of the 3rd Trainee Presentation Session, Dr. Allen Chan, provided us with the abstract of his presentation entitled ‘Development and evaluation of a new molecular diagnostic test for the detection, monitoring and prognostication of hepatocellular carcinoma’. He also expressed his personal view towards the Trainee Presentation Session.

The latest Topical Update from the Education Committee is from Forensic Pathology. Dr. Philip Beh discussed the change in the role of pathologists in the Autopsy Interview over the years.

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Volume 17, Issue 2

From the Chief Editor

Dear Fellows and Members,

Laboratory Accreditation has become an important issue in the practice of Pathology. In the Featured Article: Laboratory Accreditation : Relevance to the Pathologist in Hong Kong, the Editorial Board aimed to explore this topic, with the valuable input from Dr. Michael Chan, Dr. Chan Keeng Wai, Dr. Robert Collins, Prof. Christopher Lam, Dr. Wilina Lim, and Dr. Wong Kit Fai. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors once again.

In the Topical Update: Immunogenetics: MHC and non-MHC, Dr. Janette Kwok shared with us her knowledge in a field which is unfamiliar to most fellows. In Out of the Whitecoat section, Dr. Andrew Choi provided us with a glimpse of his fulfilling post-early retirement life. In Fellows’ Laurels section, we are proud to announce the achievements of Prof. Irene Ng and Prof. Alfred Lam. Please continue to keep us informed on similar good news so that we can share them with other fellows and members.

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Year 2007

Volume 16, Issue 1

From the Chief Editor

In the first issue of the College Newsletter this year, Dr. K.C. Lee shares with us his view regarding the current and future trend in the training in Pathology in the Message from the President.

To go back in time, in this featured article, the Passion for Pathology Runs in the Blood, we tell the stories of two important families of pathologists that are instrumental in the development of Pathology in Hong Kong.

In the Topical Update from the Education Committee, Dr. Edmond Ma discusses the Recent Perspectives in Glucose-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency. This is another example where molecular biology is playing an important role in the practice of Pathology.

The 15th AGM 2006 and the 15th T.B. Teoh Foundation Lecture were both well attended. For those who could not be there, the snapshots in this issue can let them take a glimpse of what they have missed.

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Volume 16, Issue 2

From the Chief Editor

In the Message from the President, Dr. K.C. Lee has helped us to clarify the issue related to the ‘professionally qualified directorship’ in the Supplementary Medical Professionals Ordinance. The College has worked very hard in the past years to solicit this clarification from the Government.

The Editorial Board is interested in the current medical curriculum, the ways to promote the image of Pathology to medical students and public, and hearing the voices of the new trainees. With the featured article Paving the Way for Our Next Generation, we aim to explore this area in a coherent manner.

In the Topical Update from the Education Committee, Dr. Cheuk Wah discusses the Impact of Molecular Methods in the Diagnosis of Lymphomas. This well-referenced article provides us with the basic as well as the latest up-to-date information regarding this rapidly advancing topic.

In the Out of the Whitecoat section, three of our Fellows share with us their precious experience in the Yunnan province of the Mainland. Dr. H.K. Mong and Mrs. Marie Mong drove to Yunnan with the HK Police Motoring Club (香港警察汽車會), while Dr. Tony W.H. Shek and his better half, Dr. Ivy S.C. Luk, joined the fund-raising walk by the Sowers Action (苗圃行動).

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