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Blog: RCOG Fellow and Member Admission Ceremony in Malaysia

30 Nov 2023

Read about Dr Wan Sim Teo’s experience of attending the first ceremony held in Malaysia

A big thank you for the heartwarming first ever Fellow and Member admission ceremony hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in Malaysia. This unprecedented event, took place at Hilton Petaling Jaya on Sunday 20 August 2023, marked a historical milestone, as it brought us together to celebrate a momentous occasion on Malaysian soil, reflecting the RCOG's commitment to advance obstetrics and gynaecology while fostering international collaboration. 

The air in the hall was filled with excitement and anticipation while the distinguished speakers illuminated the event with their insightful addresses, emphasised the value of continuous learning, professional development, and the pivotal role of young obstetricians and gynaecologists in shaping the future of women's health.

The highlight of the ceremony, of course, was the admission of new Members into the RCOG family. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the profound sense of pride that we felt as we donned our graduation gowns and mortar boards. 

Wearing those gowns symbolised not just the culmination of our academic journey, but also the countless years of hard work, countless days of sleepless nights, dedication and determination that we poured into our studies. It was a visual representation of our growth, both intellectually and personally, throughout this remarkable chapter of our lives. It was a joyous and proud moment as we stood together in those gowns and receive the scroll handed over to us by the RCOG President Dr Ranee Thakar on stage, witnessed and cheered by our family members.

Reflecting on the journey we've embarked upon, the path we've chosen is not an easy one, filled with its share of obstacles and uncertainties. But we haven't walked this path alone. Our family members have been our pillars of strength. Their belief in us has provided the foundation upon which we've built our endeavors. Colleagues and friends have stood by us, offering a helping hand, a listening ear, and camaraderie that has lightened the load. And then there are our mentors who have been an integral part of our academic journey, offering their wisdom, guidance and support along the way. They have invested in our growth and have believed in our potential, even during times when we questioned ourselves.

We would like extend our heartfelt gratitude to the countless individuals who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the seamless execution of this momentous occasion. The ceremony's success stands as a testament to their dedication and unwavering commitment, from the organizing committee to the volunteers.

In closing, the RCOG Fellow and Member admission ceremony in Malaysia was a resounding triumph, setting a precedent for future gatherings of this caliber. It was a celebration of achievements, a nexus of wisdom and a testament to the transformative power of collaboration in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

As we move forward, let us carry forth the values championed by the RCOG and continue our journey towards excellence in all our endeavors. Together we possess the potential to make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of women across the globe.

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