Dr. Chan Mow recognised by university

A Samoan-born doctor has been recognised for her contribution to the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine and the education of the next generation of doctors.

Dr Florina Chan Mow, who is a pediatrician and a senior member of the Pasifika Medical Association (P.M.A.), was awarded the Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award by the university last Friday.

The award recognises healthcare professionals who have shown hard work and dedication in teaching the next generation of doctors. 

Dr. Chan Mow said in a media release issued by the P.M.A. that she was humbled by the recognition from the university.

"It is so very special to see my family here, those for me are very extra special moments, but also reflecting on gratitude and this journey for my parents, who taught me that education is a treasure and a gift to give," she told the P.M.A. "Whatever you do, give it your best and whatever you endeavour to do that's what they always taught me.”

During her award acceptance speech, she acknowledged her parents, culture and upbringing in Samoa.

“My parents taught me that education is a treasure, a gift to share and to give to others. They also taught me to give my best in everything that I do.”

Dr. Chan Mow shed tears as she talked about her role of becoming a teacher due to her students who taught her that it’s a privilege to tutor and guide them on their journey.

As a senior doctor at Kidz First Hospital in Middlemore, New Zealand and a founding member of South Seas Healthcare in Otara, Dr. Chan Mow has been sharing her knowledge with medical students throughout her career in paediatrics.

Dr. Chan Mow has studied in medical schools in America, Auckland and Dunedin as well as trained as a house surgeon in Waikato.  

Born and raised in Samoa, Dr. Chan Mow remains passionate about the health and well-being of children and young people, especially among the Pacific communities in New Zealand.  

According to the P.M.A. media release, Dr. Chan Mow consistently demonstrates culturally responsive approaches through her daily interactions with families and is a leader in improving health literacy skills with medical, nursing and support staff at the Kidz First Hospital.

The head of paediatrics at the University of Auckland, Professor Cameron Grant, commended his colleague and said she is a highly respected and is a valuable cultural resource in the medical profession.

"She is a wonderful communicator and just sets an outstanding example of the importance of communicating and acknowledging the extended family,” he said. 

“She’s an expert in health literacy, ensuring that families understand what issues their children are facing.”

Dr. Chan Mow’s brother, Dr Andrew Chan Mow is currently the clinical director of South Seas Healthcare.

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