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HKSH Centenary Lectures at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

03 Dec 2022

Building upon a 100-year legacy of nurturing talents, a series of HKSH Centenary Lectures were held at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences for grooming young minds to contribute to the health of the people and the community. Four Deputy and Assistant Medical Superintendents of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital shared their valuable experience studying and practicing medicine.

The first Lecture, “Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology”, was held on 19 November 2022, with Dr. Joseph CHAN and Dr. Raymond LIANG as speakers. Dr. CHAN shared that he failed the first entrance examination to study medicine, but after which he made up his mind, went all out and finally achieved the goal. He encouraged the students to work hard for their dreams, and get prepared to be life-long learners to keep up with the advancement in medicine after becoming doctors. Dr. LIANG shared about his observations of which medical specialties best fit for a variety of personality types of doctors. He emphasised that doctors must be both caring and capable, with empathy, love, kindness, compassion, patience, sympathy, as well as a good memory, high intelligence, physical strength, affinity, resilience and a strong immunity. He reminded that doctors must put patients’ interests first, and respect teamwork as different medical specialties and healthcare professions are interdependent for the benefits of patients.

The final Lecture, “Surgery and Orthopedics & Traumatology”, held on 3 December 2022 was delivered by Dr. William WEI and Dr. CHOW Shew Ping. Dr. WEI took the students into the operating room through videos, enabling them to witness real-life nasal tooth extraction, cutting-edge robotic arm surgery, etc. Dr. WEI also inspired students to understand healthcare from the perspectives of culture, history, medicine and technology. Dr. CHOW encouraged students to keep abreast with current affairs and understand the healthcare system and conditions in order to gauge the needs of the public. Students should also be proactive to ask questions and express their opinions during entrance interviews. All in all, Dr. CHOW underscored that those venturing into the healthcare profession must have a sense of mission, adhering to the humanitarian nature of medicine, with a caring spirit for all we do for patients.

About 500 participants attended the lectures physically or online via live streaming. The youngsters found the sharing very insightful and inspiring, and they were excited to interact with our doctors. More than 90% of the respondents expressed their intention to enroll in medicine. The attendees were all students from Form 4 to Form 6 nominated by their schools, including Queen's College, King's College, Hong Kong Wah Yan College, St. Paul's College, St. Stephen's Girls' Secondary School, Marymount Secondary School, True Light Girls' College, Chinese Women's Association Secondary School, Diocesan Girls' School and La Salle College.

Related media interviews were published in Mingpao and HKET on 6 December 2022.

Mingpao: 談投身醫護 養和醫生寄語有心有力 (Chinese only)

HKET:養和勉中學生 讀醫最重要「有心」 (Chinese only)

Virtual Tour of “The Centenary of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital”: