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   Hong-Kong College of Psychiatrists

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists is a member College of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine . It oversees the provision of specialist training and continuing medical education in psychiatry in Hong Kong.

One should note the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist . A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders (i.e. behavioural, cognitive and/or emotional disorders), and can thus prescribe medications in treating such disorders - as well as to provide psychotherapy and other supportive counselling. A clinical psychologist is not a medical doctor - but a licensed mental health professional (who usually holds a Master's or Doctoral degree in clinical psychology) who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. S/he may provide psychological evaluation, assessment, testing, and treatment, but may not prescribe medications.

    The objectives of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists are:

  • To promote the study and advancement of the science and practice of psychiatry and ancillary sciences and branches of medicine;
  • To further public education therein;
  • To contribute to the improvement of mental health care for Hong Kong citizens through the provision of specially trained psychiatrists.

There are 4 categories of members: Fellow, Member, Inceptor and Affiliate. In May 2004, there were 168 Fellows, 64 Members, 96 Inceptors and 26 Affiliates.

   Fellow

A registered medical practitioner who (i) has completed at least 6 years of recognized supervised training, (ii) has held a recognized higher qualification in psychiatry, and (iii) if the qualification in (ii) is obtained after 31 December 1993, has passed the Part III Examination of the College, is eligible to apply for Fellowship. If the applicant is from overseas, a certain number of years of local experience is required. The recognized higher qualification in psychiatry will be decided by the College and be reviewed by the College from time to time.

   Member

A registered medical practitioner who (i) has passed the Part II Fellowship Examination of the College or (ii) has held a recognized higher qualification in psychiatry, and who is receiving accredited training in Psychiatry, is eligible to apply for Membership. The recognized higher qualification in psychiatry will be decided by the College and be reviewed by the College from time to time.

Currently, the recognized higher qualifications mentioned above are:

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom (MRCPsych)

Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Psychiatry) (FRCPC)

Diploma of the American Board of Psychiatry

   Inceptor

A registered medical practitioner receiving accredited training in psychiatry shall apply for Inceptorship in accordance with such regulation and subject to such conditions as the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine may from time to time prescribe.

   Affiliate

Registered medical practitioner not satisfying the requirement for Fellowship, Membership and Inceptorship and non-medically qualified allied professionals may apply for registration as Affiliate in accordance with such regulations and subject to such condition as the Council may from time to time prescribe.

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