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Creating new pathways for dentists

2024-04-21 22:28 Last Updated At:22:34

To enhance the clinical experience in real-life work settings of local dentistry graduates, the Government has proposed amendments to the Dental Registration Ordinance, which include a new requirement, whereby the new graduates will need to undergo a one-year internship before obtaining full registration.

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As with the current mentorship programme the Department of Health is offering to the new recruits, the proposed one-year internships will require dentistry graduates to rotate through different positions within the department or specified institutions.

To enhance the clinical experience in real-life work settings of local dentistry graduates, the Government has proposed amendments to the Dental Registration Ordinance, which include a new requirement, whereby the new graduates will need to undergo a one-year internship before obtaining full registration.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Eunice Liu welcomes the chance to apply her theoretical knowledge through treating a wide range of cases under the department’s mentorship programme.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Eunice Liu welcomes the chance to apply her theoretical knowledge through treating a wide range of cases under the department’s mentorship programme.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Andy Sun experiences various challenges under the mentorship programme, including how to provide dental care in different settings, such as to patients who are bedbound.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Andy Sun experiences various challenges under the mentorship programme, including how to provide dental care in different settings, such as to patients who are bedbound.

Department of Health Senior Dental Officer Dr Maggie Lau says internships provide the graduates with the opportunity to gain exposure to a real-life work setting and prepares them for their future career.

Department of Health Senior Dental Officer Dr Maggie Lau says internships provide the graduates with the opportunity to gain exposure to a real-life work setting and prepares them for their future career.

Department of Health Principal Dental Officer Dr Rony Cho says the Government’s proposed internship requirement would enable new dentists to better adapt to the practice in Hong Kong, thereby safeguarding patients’ safety to a greater extent.

Department of Health Principal Dental Officer Dr Rony Cho says the Government’s proposed internship requirement would enable new dentists to better adapt to the practice in Hong Kong, thereby safeguarding patients’ safety to a greater extent.

Dr Eunice Liu is just one of several newly recruited dentistry graduates taking part in the Government’s one-year mentorship programme. Having graduated from the University of Hong Kong’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme last year, Dr Liu said she was aware of the mentorship programme while at university.

Dr Liu has been working at the Department of Health for about three months and welcomed the chance to apply her theoretical knowledge through treating a wide range of cases.

“I have mainly been working in the government dental clinics for now. In our daily work, we need to handle a large number of clinical cases, including emergency cases, which helps me to gain more clinical exposure and also would be a great help to my professional development in the future.”

Dr Andy Sun also graduated last year and joined the department six months ago. He has been working across different areas, from oral maxillofacial surgery to public hospital dental units.

Dr Sun experienced various challenges, including how to provide dental care in different settings, such as to patients who are bedbound.

“Because the patient is lying on a bed rather than sitting in a dental chair, you have to adjust your angulation, like how to perform different kinds of treatment. For example, simple extraction or suturing.

“This is something that we have to adjust ourselves to, for the positioning especially, before we can provide the treatment.”

Comprehensive experience

As with the current mentorship programme the Department of Health is offering to the new recruits, the internships will require the graduates to rotate through different positions within the Department of Health or specified institutions, including general dentistry, community special dental service, school dental care service and hospital dental service.

Department of Health Senior Dental Officer Dr Maggie Lau highlighted the positive impact the internship programme would have on the graduates’ career development as they would have the opportunity to gain exposure to a real-life work setting.

“Under rotation to different dental services allows them to prepare themselves for their future career, such as specialised training.

“This contributes to the overall development of the Hong Kong dental profession, ensuring the professional standard and also the patients’ safety. This also allows new graduates to have a better understanding of the needs of citizens.”

Department of Health Principal Dental Officer Dr Rony Cho supplemented that through working with experienced qualified dentists, the graduates could learn how to handle complex and urgent cases independently.

He also noted that the proposed internship requirement would enable new dentists to better adapt to the practice in Hong Kong, thereby safeguarding patients' safety to a greater extent.

“However, considering that local dental students under the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme about to graduate this summer have started to seek employment, the internship requirement will apply to the class of year 2025 and thereafter at the earliest.”

Talent acquisition

In addition to the one-year internship for local dental graduates, the Government has also proposed to introduce new pathways for admitting qualified non-locally trained dentists to practise in Hong Kong and put in place a statutory registration system for ancillary dental workers.

As with the current mentorship programme the Department of Health is offering to the new recruits, the proposed one-year internships will require dentistry graduates to rotate through different positions within the department or specified institutions.

As with the current mentorship programme the Department of Health is offering to the new recruits, the proposed one-year internships will require dentistry graduates to rotate through different positions within the department or specified institutions.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Eunice Liu welcomes the chance to apply her theoretical knowledge through treating a wide range of cases under the department’s mentorship programme.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Eunice Liu welcomes the chance to apply her theoretical knowledge through treating a wide range of cases under the department’s mentorship programme.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Andy Sun experiences various challenges under the mentorship programme, including how to provide dental care in different settings, such as to patients who are bedbound.

Department of Health Dental Officer Dr Andy Sun experiences various challenges under the mentorship programme, including how to provide dental care in different settings, such as to patients who are bedbound.

Department of Health Senior Dental Officer Dr Maggie Lau says internships provide the graduates with the opportunity to gain exposure to a real-life work setting and prepares them for their future career.

Department of Health Senior Dental Officer Dr Maggie Lau says internships provide the graduates with the opportunity to gain exposure to a real-life work setting and prepares them for their future career.

Department of Health Principal Dental Officer Dr Rony Cho says the Government’s proposed internship requirement would enable new dentists to better adapt to the practice in Hong Kong, thereby safeguarding patients’ safety to a greater extent.

Department of Health Principal Dental Officer Dr Rony Cho says the Government’s proposed internship requirement would enable new dentists to better adapt to the practice in Hong Kong, thereby safeguarding patients’ safety to a greater extent.

Exploring opportunities: fs joins economic cooperation conference in paris, featuring the guangdong-hong kong-macao greater bay area and europe (france) (exclusive photos and video)

Financial secretary, mr paul chan promotes business opportunities in guangdong-hong kong-macao greater bay area to european leaders at paris conference

The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, attended the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris this afternoon (May 24, Paris time).

The Conference was jointly hosted by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government, and the Macao SAR Government. The Governor of Guangdong Province, Mr Wang Weizhong; Mr Chan; and the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR, Ms Ao Ieong U, gave keynote presentations to over 400 French and European leaders of the commercial and industrial sectors attending the event, to promote the enormous business opportunities brought by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) for European businesses. The Chinese Ambassador to France, Mr Lu Shaye, and the Vice-President of the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry, Mr Gilles Henry Garault, also delivered speeches.

Mr Chan highlighted at the Conference Hong Kong's unique advantages of having convenient access to the Mainland market under "one country”, and the practice of common law; the free flow of capital, goods, people and information; the maintenance of a simple and low tax regime and the linked exchange rate; and commercial rules that align with the best international standards, etc. under “two systems”. Hong Kong is an ideal entry point for French enterprises to develop the GBA market, and an optimal springboard and platform for further developing businesses on the Mainland and in Asia.

Mr Chan said that Hong Kong, as an international financial centre, possesses a highly internationalised financial market, and has been deepening and expanding mutual market access with the Mainland's financial market. With a vibrant ecosystem of venture capital and private equity funds, Hong Kong is able to support the funding needs of French enterprises at different development stages. Apart from access to both Mainland and international capital, French enterprises can also utilise Hong Kong’s vast Renminbi (RMB) liquidity pool to raise RMB funding to support their business expansion in the Mainland. They can also leverage the offshore RMB products and risk management tools available in Hong Kong to manage the RMB funds acquired through trading activities.

Mr Chan also introduced the development of Hong Kong as an international innovation and technology centre, including Hong Kong's advantages in basic research and collaboration with the sister cities in the GBA, in particular the progress of the Hetao Shenzhen-Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Co-operation Zone. Furthermore, he highlighted Hong Kong’s efforts in the development as an international green tech and green finance centre, facilitation in efficient matching for international green capital and green projects in the region, and active participation in formulating international green standards, certification and nurturing relevant talent.

Hong Kong and France have long had deep exchanges in commerce and trade, culture and people. Hong Kong welcomes French enterprises to initiate businesses, set up research and development centres and regional headquarters. He also opined that the internationalised, safe and dynamic living environment of Hong Kong is highly attractive to French and European talent.

At the Conference, Mr Wang, Mr Chan and Ms Ao Ieong witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Invest Hong Kong and three French enterprises, namely Prophesee, SUEZ and Egis. Invest Hong Kong will provide support to the enterprises on stepping up investments and starting operations in Hong Kong.

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

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