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ABOUT FMSHK AN OVERVIEW

THE FEDERATION OF MEDICAL SOCIETIES
OF
HONG KONG:
AN OVERVIEW
 
Dr. Raymond S.K. Lo, President FMSHK, 2009 - 2011

The Evolution 

The establishment of the FMSHK is a response to Hong Kong's call at the end of World War II for better and quality assured medical services in Hong Kong. Leaders of our medical community saw the need to start an organization that would be responsible for promoting the advancement of knowledge and continuing education of the medical and health professionals, and for coordinating these individual professional bodies to work together in a positive and integrated manner. This concept of a federation received the support of the academic community and the Medical and Health Department of the time, as well as the then Governor, Sir David Trench.

Professor C. Elaine Field (Chairman of the Federation Working Group) and dedicated founding members worked towards the Federation's establishment. On 18th February 1965, The Federation was inaugurated with Dr. the Hon. A.M. Rodrigues elected as the first President. The Hong Kong Chinese Medical Association (later to become today's Hong Kong Medical Association) and the British Medical Association (Hong Kong Branch) were founder associations, and medical and health organizations registered with the Government joined the Federation as members.

Since its inauguration, the Federation has had the honour of having the Governors of Hong Kong and now the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government as its Patrons, providing the guidance for achieving its goals and mission. The Patronage has also symbolized the continuing co-operation between the Government and the medical sector in building a better and healthier Hong Kong.

Within 10 years of inception, the Federation was able to establish its own premises through Government support, and the first Medicine Directory was published in 1970. In 1986, the Federation became incorporated.

The Federation Today

The Federation today is a medical professional non-profit making body comprising of medical and health societies. Its membership has grown from the original 12 to the present 127 (70 full, 55 associate and 2 student members) representing more than 50,000 individual professionals in total with the following categories:

  1. Bodies representing the interest of their respective professions 
  2. Specialty Societies 
  3. Subspecialty Societies 
  4. Procedural sub-specialties 
  5. Health Administrative Groups 
  6. Nurses and Midwives 
  7. Therapists (Physical, Occupational and others) 
  8. Pharmacologists and the Pharmaceutical Industry 
  9. Medical Technologists 
  10. Nutritionists 
  11. Medical Legal Specialties 
  12. Interest Groups within the profession 
  13. Fraternity Groups within the profession.

At present, the Federation has its own premises and publications, and has developed into a well-established body for the promotion of a high standard of practice by medical and health professionals in Hong Kong, as well as for the welfare, cooperation and fraternity between all specialties it embodies. At the same time, the Federation continues to refrain from involvement in political affairs. The Federation also aims to avoid the overlapping of roles and functions with its own members, as well as with other medical bodies which may also oversee professional standards, quality assurance or rights of individual professionals in Hong Kong.

Commitments

On 25th February 1999, the Council of the Federation published its vision, mission and value.

VISION

The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong strives to become the representative professional body dedicated to coordinate the activities of medical and health organizations in the HKSAR and to liaise with related professional societies worldwide.


 

MISSION

The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong endeavours to provide the leadership and mechanism whereby the activities of member societies can be coordinated to promote professional interests, achieve fraternity and to advance common ideals of the medical and health professions of Hong Kong.

 

 

VALUE

 

The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong holds that the common interests of the medical and health professions as well as the individual interests of each member society are of paramount importance, and will strive to promote and defend them to the best of its abilities and resources.

The Management

The officers, executive committee members and representatives from each member society present at the General Meeting constitute the highest body of the Federation. The transactions at the General Meeting requiring the approval of the majority of the quorum are responsible for safeguarding and amending constitutions, making policies, electing officers and executive committee members, appointing advisors, adopting annual reports as well as supervising major activities of the Federation.

The Council, which has the responsibility to manage and conduct the affairs of the Federation, consists of:

  1. The President of the Federation 
  2. The First and Second Vice Presidents 
  3. The Honorary Secretary and Treasurer 
  4. The Immediate Past President 
  5. Fourteen Executive Committee Members 
  6. Two representatives from each of the Founder Members 
  7. One representative from each of the Full Members 
  8. One representative from each of the Associate Members

The Executive Committee of the Federation is responsible for implementing the policies and decisions of the Council, and managing the day to day activities of the Federation. It consists of:

  1. The President of the Federation
  2. The First and Second Vice Presidents 
  3. The Honorary Secretary and Treasurer 
  4. The Immediate Past President
  5. Twelve Committee Members representing Full Members 
  6. Two Committee Members representing Associate Members

Currently there are ten Standing Committees responsible for performing the various functions of the Federation:

  1. The Business & Finance Committee
  2. The Education Committee 
  3. The External Affairs Committee 
  4. The House Committee 
  5. The Member Relations Committee 
  6. The Publications Committee 
  7. The Secretariat Committee 
  8. The Social Committee 
  9. The Welfare Committee

Communication with the Federation's numerous member societies (and through to their individual members) is facilitated through an Advocate System where Executive Committee members act as advocates for a number of designated member societies. The Member Relations Committee also looks after the needs of member societies, and maximizes the involvement of members in the Federation's development and operation.

Two Advisory Committees support the Federation:

  1. Policy and Development (consisting of President, office-bearers and past Presidents of the Federation)
  2. Corporate Finance (consisting of Hon. Treasurer, officers and vice-patron of the Federation)

Current Activities

Annual activities of the Federation include a wide range of educational activities - certificate courses organized by the Federation or in collaboration with member societies on a vast variety of topics for both professionals and the public, and an annual scientific seminar organized with the participation of member societies.  In 2009, a total of 11 courses were held serving a total of 954 participants.  The Federation also strives to be vigilant and responds to current needs of fellow professionals with relevant training courses for appropriate groups.  This is evident by the courses on Infection Control during the Sars epidemic or those on dispensing for practising clinic nurses.  Joint Scientific Meetings with counterparts of the Chinese Medical Association allows professional exchanges among local colleagues and those from the Mainland. The monthly publication of The Medical Diary has established itself not only as a source of information on scientific and social activities, local or abroad, but also a valuable forum for academic exchanges and continuous medical education. The highlight of social programmes each year is the Annual Federation Dinner on New Year’s Eve serving for the fraternity of fellow members. The Medical and Dental Directory of Hong Kong has become an icon for the Federation by virtue of the valuable professional and organizational data for the medical and health professionals included therein, and serves as an indispensable reference for the Hong Kong medical community.

With the establishment of the Federation Foundation since 1999, fund raising activities for the Federation and its worthwhile causes are now being carried out with the mission of promoting the work of the Federation and maximizing its contribution to the public in medical and health related matters. In recent years, projects related to health and cancer awareness as well as health problems related to aging in which our colleagues reach out to the community have benefited tens of thousands.  This is certainly a right direction and one that we will pursue in the years ahead.

Future Directions

With its ever-rising representation and recognition by Hong Kong and international professional bodies and the public, and with the rapid changes within medical and social arenas, the Federation will continue to perpetually review its future roles to meet its challenges. The Federation Website launched since 2000 is now being refurbished to cater for the increasing demand of our members and to serve as a base for e-version of publications by the Federation as well as those of our members. 

With Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty, consolidation of medical specialty accreditation and education through the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, evolution in definition and scope for various medical and health professions, changes in medical care structures and rising public expectations, the Federation is evolving and responding to these challenges. For this to succeed, the active participation of member societies is of utmost importance.  In 2005 the Federation celebrated its 40th Anniversary.  As we look back at all achievements the Federation has obtained, we owe it all to the staunch support of fellow members.  In the coming years, with their continual support and advice, the Federation will surely go from strength to strength serving better not only the professionals but the community at large in which all of us belong.

 

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