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40th Anniversary Celebration
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December 2017

Finale to our 40th Anniversary celebration! Sunday 10th December was spectacular.We started off with the 30th Conferment Ceremony and the 28th Dr. Sun Yat Sen Oration in the afternoon. This year 29 Diplomats received the DFM certificates, including 4 from HKU Shenzhen Hospital, China. 30 Fellows passed the Conjoint Examination and 16 passed the Exit Examination. They are now equipped with the best skills to best serve their patients and community. Now College is their home forever!

For the first time, we presented certificates to the longest serving Conjoint examiners with 30 years experience. They are Dr. Chan Hung Chiu, Dr. Chan Kit Chi Kitty, Dr. Chan Kwok Wai, Dr. Chan Tat Eddie, Dr. Stephen Foo, Dr. Donald Li, Prof. Cindy Lam, Dr. Paul Lam, Dr. Siu Che Hung Paul and Dr. Wun Yuk Tsan. What a milestone! We all applauded their long lasting contribution and please continue.

The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Oration was the highlight of the day. The Orator was our dearest Dr. Stephen Foo. When I asked Dr. Foo to deliver the talk at the beginning of the year, he was a bit reluctant as he considered there were other suitable options. I had to convince him there was no better speaker than him at this very occasion. Dr. Foo has served this College from Day one.

He sowed the seed, let it germinate, provided the best nutrient and is still farming Family Medicine today. He always has the utmost respect from every member of the College. Dr. Foo told us the origin of this College, where we came from and how far we have gone. 40 years is a long road as one of the oldest medical academic Colleges in Hong Kong. This narrated history must be uploaded to the College website for the future generations to appreciate the unselfish contribution of our predecessors and many unsung heroes.

Simultaneously, we launched the 40th Anniversar y Souvenir Book 1977- 2017. The book delineates the College Timelines, Boards and Committees, Family Medicine in Community, Diversity in Family Physicians, Reflections and Stories and Personality Interviews. A beautiful book for members to read and digest. Please contact the College secretariat for your copy and CD.

This year, we are graced by overseas guests including Dr. Mark Miller, Censor-in-Chief RACGP, Prof. Doris Young and Dr. Tan Tze Lee, President, College of Family Physicians Singapore. The Young Doctors Committee had arranged “When Juniors meet Seniors” with them. They came up with some very good suggestions for our future development and the meeting was fruitful.

Evening came the 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. Our guest of honour was Prof. Sophia Chan, Secretary, Food and Health Bureau. This evening was a more relaxing moment for Dr. Stephen Foo. He showed us the slides of the first 30 years of the College development. Dr. Foo’s commentary was hilarious, informative and entertaining. Everybody was gluing to the screen with laughter. Dr. Chan Hung Chiu, Dr. Kenny Kung, Dr. Raymond Yeung, Mr. Louis Kung and Mr. had marvellously performed memorable Cantonese pop songs of the 70s and 80s, nostalgic and simply creme de la creme.Enjoyable was an understatement. I picked Prof. Sophia Chan’s name out for the first prize of the lucky draw. I could guarantee this was not a prearranged trick and she had kindly donated the prize! What a wonderful evening!

Dr. Angus M W CHAN