Message from the President
Dear Fellows and Members,
In this issue of College Newsletter, I have to bring very sad news to all Members and Fellows. Our Past President, Dr. Michael Suen passed away peacefully on 6 January 2020 after battling against cancer for over 2 years. Dr. Suen was a leader with traditional Chinese wisdom, an excellent practising pathologist, a resourceful and encouraging mentor, a good friend with whom you can share your feelings, a caring husband and father. He was a great role model for our community, College, trainees, colleagues and his family members. We will never forget his smiling face and warm words of encouragement, in particular, during times of difficulty. May Dr. Suen rest in peace.
On the other hand, there is a series of good news for our College in the past year. The breaking good news is the award of Professor Dennis Lo, Li Ka Shing Professor of Chemical Pathology, who was admitted as Honorary Fellow of The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in December 2019 in recognition of his contribution to the field of cell-free plasma DNA for non-invasive prenatal and cancer diagnostics.
The second good news is the award of Distinguished Young Fellows 2019 to Dr. Elaine Au, Consultant Immunologist and Dr. David Christopher Lung, Consultant Microbiologist. They received the award from Professor CS Lau, Academy President, in September 2019.
The third good news is the successful Membership Examination and Fellowship Assessment for candidates in Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Forensic Pathology as well as Haematology in August and September 2019.
The fourth good news is the successful completion of the First Fellow Assessment for candidates in Genetic and Genomic Pathology in October 2019. The College Examinations could not have been successfully conducted without the help of our External Examiners, Chief Examiners and Local Examiners. During the past months of social unrest, some of our External Examiners were not able to come to Hong Kong physically. Tele-communication was adopted to be the alternative option by the College and Academy. Thank you for the hard work and contributions from all examiners.
The fifth good news would be the award of The DS Nelson Trainee Oral Prize to Dr. Timothy Cheng, at the ‘Pathology Update 2019’ Conference in Melbourne. The title of his presentation was ‘Noninvasive Detection of Bladder Cancer by Shallow-Depth Genome-Wide Bisulfite Sequencing of Urinary Cell-Free DNA for Methylation and Copy Number Profiling’.In this issue, the Topic Update was on “Recent Advances in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia “ by Dr. Albert Sin, and the Out of the White Coat Interviewee was Dr. Clarence Lam, Consultant Haematologist.
The International Pathology Day Pre-Workshop was conducted to induce medical students to explore various disciplines of pathology in November 2019. Again due to social unrest, the International Pathology Day was postponed to a Saturday before Christmas when it was successfully conducted at the Pathology Teaching Laboratory of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital.
Finally, let me wish all of you a Prosperous Chinese New Year of the Rat!
Dr. CHAN Ho Ming
Message from the President
This is the first issue of our College Newsletter in 2019. In 2018, College was busy with conducting the activities associated with the new training programme in Genetic and Genomic Pathology including the second open forum and First Fellow application. We are now processing numerous applications. An interview will be conducted in October 2019 to finalise the eligibility.
In 2018, the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine was also celebrating her 25th Anniversary with a series of fascinating events including the Congress of Medicine and Gala Dinner with an impressive drummer performance at the opening. Our Fellow, Prof. YUEN Kwok Yung was the Sir David Todd Orator in 2018. He presented his journey to becoming a renowned microbiologist with multiple showcases of Sherlock Holmes-style investigations for our community. In early 2019, the Academy also conducted a visit to Sichuan for our Young Fellows, so as to increase their understanding of the development of specialist care in Mainland China. Dr. MAK Siu Ming and Dr. CHENG Shui Ying, Ivy, represented our College to participate in this visit.
In March 2019, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Programs (RCPA-QAP) held one of their 30th Anniversary Quality Symposia in the Pao Yue Kong Auditorium at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building. Local and overseas speakers came to give talks and opinions on how quality can be exercised as well as the future of quality in pathology. What an enjoyable experience-sharing opportunity!
In the recent issue of Topical Update, Dr. CHONG Yeow Kuan, Calvin reviewed the technological development of biochemical genetics on three major categories of inherited metabolic diseases. With the introduction of expanded newborn screening using mass spectrometry, there is increasing awareness of these conditions in the community.
Last but not the least, Dr. CHAN Sheung Wai, Gavin will share his concept of modern mortuary development, with a life paradigm shift from just being a place for the dead to a decent environment of bereavement for the family.
I would like to thank all the above Fellows who have contributed so much to the build a positive image of pathologists. Hope you enjoy this issue of Pathologue!
Dr. CHAN Ho Ming