President’s Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Clement CY THAM
President
The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong
譚智勇教授
香港眼科醫學院院長

 

Dear Fellows and Colleagues,

I am immensely honored, privileged, and humbled, to serve all our Fellows as the President of The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong.

Established as one of the 15 Colleges of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong has the statutory power and responsibility to organize, monitor, assess, and accredit, all ophthalmological specialist training, and to oversee the continuing medical education and continuous professional development to maintain the very high standard of clinical practice by Specialists in Ophthalmology in Hong Kong. Our ultimate objective is to protect the vision and ocular health of our public community and minimize preventable blindness.

As of today, we have over 330 Fellows and 80 Trainees working in various sectors of medical services in Hong Kong, including the private sector, the public service in the Hospital Authority, and the two Universities. All trainee Ophthalmologists must already be fully-trained registered medical doctors, who are then admitted into a full-time ophthalmology training program, which spans a minimum of 6 years, in Training Centers accredited by the College. Besides the intensive clinical training, all trainee Ophthalmologists are also required to pass at least 4 professional examinations during their 6 years of ophthalmic training.

In addition to safeguarding clinical standards, our College has also important educational and advisory roles. Our College has been collaborating with the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Hospital Authority, the two local Medical Schools, Hong Kong Medical Association, Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society, Hong Kong Association of Private Eye Surgeons, and international professional institutions throughout the years in various professional educational programs for the further advancement in eye care, and in public educational programs to raise our public awareness and understanding of common and important eye diseases. We advise policymakers on the appropriate standard of eye care, and how Ophthalmologists can effectively lead the team of different ophthalmic para-medicals to deliver safe, efficient, and cost-effective eye care. We serve to advise both healthcare professionals and our public on matters of public interest concerning ophthalmic care and ocular health.

Last but very certainly not least, please allow me to express my profound gratitude and respect to our Past Presidents and Council Members, who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for the advancement of our beloved profession, ever since the incorporation of our College on 25 October 1994. Building on their significant accomplishments, this Council will strive to uphold and advance the very high standards of clinical ophthalmic practice in Hong Kong for our much deserving public.

As Hong Kong recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, I wish all of us great health and safety, while we continue to serve our patients.

 

Prof. Clement CY THAM
President
The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong
譚智勇教授
香港眼科醫學院院長
15 July 2021