Close to 400 attendees comprising overseas guests, Past Masters, Fellows, inductees and representatives from medical organisations gathered on the evening of 23rd August to not only witness the induction of new Fellows but to listen to a thought-provoking Oration delivered by a prominent public figure.

The Induction Comitia 2013 and 21st Gordon Arthur Ransome Oration were held in conjunction with the 2nd AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress and 47th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore.

The event was graced by the presence of the Guest-of-Honour, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore and Patron of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.



Induction Comitia Programme
Address by Dr Lim Shih Hui, Master, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Address by Dr Chang Keng Wee, Master, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
Address by Dr Donald Li, President, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
21st Gordon Arthur Ransome Oration on 'A Fair and Just Society: What Stays, What Changes?' by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance 
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At the Induction Comitia, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and 21st Gordon Arthur Ransome Orator, was conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Academy. The certificate for Honorary Fellowship, the highest honour that the Academy could bestow, was presented by the Patron of the Academy, President Tony Tan.

President Tony Tan (right), presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore to DPM Tharman.
A total of 92 new Fellows were formally admitted into the Academy that evening. “Being a Fellow would allow me to grow as a specialist as we interact and learn from other fellow specialists. It also gives me a chance to contribute to the advance specialty training of our future professionals," said Dr Chng Chai Kiat, from the College of Dental Surgeons, Singapore. "There was a great sense of occasion to the whole proceedings; the presence of our President to the Nation gave a sense of grandeur to the Induction Comitia. It made me feel proud to be inducted as a Fellow,” he added.

Dr Vadassery Shaji Jose, from the College of Physicians, Singapore commented: “The event was very well organised and it is really encouraging to have the President and Deputy Prime Minister as chief guests for the Induction Comitia. Many thanks for arranging for my family to be part of the ceremony.”

That evening also saw the conferment of fellowship to 25 distinguished overseas members who represented the fraternal colleges from different specialties.


Newly-inducted Fellows taking their pledge, led by Chief Inductee Dr Alex Sia, from the College of Anaesthesiologists, Singapore.
In addition, the Academy also celebrated the achievements of 18 trainees who have successfully completed their diplomas under the Staff Registrar Scheme. They were graduates from the Diploma in Cardiology, Diploma in Emergency Medicine, Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in Hospital and ILTC, Diploma in Internal Medicine (with focus on Hospital Medicine), Diploma in Neonatology, Diploma in Neurosurgery, Diploma in Paediatric Cancer Care and Diploma in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Shiela Panao Arroyo was awarded the FJ Jayaratnam Book Prize by the Chapter of Geriatricians, College of Physicians, Singapore for her outstanding performance under the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in Hospital and ILTC (Intermediate and Long Term Care).

The highlight of the evening was the 21st Gordon Arthur Ransome Oration delivered by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance. The Gordon Arthur Ransome Oration, proudly esteemed as the highlight of the Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine, is the keynote address delivered at the Induction Comitia. His interesting lecture was entitled “A Fair and Just Society: What Stays, What Changes?”


In his Oration, DPM Tharman laid out five future priorities to ensure a fair society.
Past Masters of the Academy were also present at the Induction Comitia.


“It was a very thought-provoking lecture. Whilst caught up with work, we sometimes forget about the group of people that require our medical/dental services but may not be able to afford such treatment. It also reminded us all of one of the more important reasons why we chose this profession, and that is to help others that are less fortunate,” added Dr Chng.





















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