The 31st Anniversary Symposium of the Taiwan Society for Respiratory Therapy (TSRT) held successfully on April 11, 2021 in the Guoxi Building of Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. It coincided with the series of activities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Fu Jen Catholic University School of Medicine. With the assistance of all the teachers and students of the Respiratory Therapy department, the activities went smoothly.
First, the new Chairman of the International Council for Respiratory Care, Daniel D. Rowley, MSc, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RPFT, FAARC, congratulated the opening ceremony with video congratulations. Professor Dr. Han-Sun Chiang, President of Fu Jen Catholic University and Professor Ping-Keung Yip, Dean of School of Medicine, also gave a congratulatory message at the scene. The keynote speech was named Mr. Shao Lian-Kun’s memorial lecture by TSRT, which mainly commended Mr. Shao Lian-Kun for his indelible contribution to the creation and subsequent development of the Taiwan Society for Respiratory Therapy.
The focus of this year’s annual conference is medical education. “Let us talk about the medical education of physicians” by the dean of the medical school, and talk about “the main policies promoted by the government” by the chief executive officer of the evaluation agency. In addition, based on the educational point of view, “Analyze the respiratory therapy profession education in the United States and Canada, what is our direction?” speech by Chin-Jung Liu, PhD, RRT. We hope to summarize Taiwan’s own direction of respiratory therapy education. There are also research paper poster contests, EBM contests, essay slogans and Lung Bowl rush answers. The agenda also includes the experience of respiratory therapists in supporting the Kingdom of Eswatini and the process of bringing hemophilia children back from mainland China.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we also invited three respiratory therapists serving in the United States; they are including Chen Shi-Min RRT at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Pan Li-Qin RRT at Randall Children Hospital and Vitoria Liu RRT, working at Piedmont healthcare, Atlanta. They provided the current experience of fighting the COVID-19 virus in the United States via video.