January 2008


Fellowship Conferment/David Todd Oration/Annual Dinner

The Fellowship Conferment, David Todd Oration and Annual Dinner were well attended by Fellows and guests on 13 December 2007.  Please click the link below to view photos of the evening.  The link will be kept until the end of February 2008.  Fellows who wish to download pictures should do so before that.

The Oration has been taped and will be put up in the iCMECPD website after the processing. Fellows will be informed once it is available.



Honorary Fellow

The Academy has admitted Prof. Sir Harry Fang as Honorary Fellow.  Sir Harry is well known in the medical profession, especially in the rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery.  To the Academy, Sir Harry truly made original contributions.  He called for an academy of medicine in 1983, as he foresaw a need for Hong Kong's medical establishment to stand on its own feet in terms of administering, monitoring, and accrediting specialist vocational training.  Without Sir Harry's effort to lobby donation from the Jockey Club, the Academy Building might not be in existence.



Result of Council Election

During the 14th AGM held on 13 December 2007, results of the election of Council Members were announced.  Five nominations were received by the deadline.  The five candidates were therefore elected ipso facto.  They are:  

Nominee College
CHOW Chun Bong Paediatricians
LAM Lo Kuen Family Physicians
LAW Chi Lim Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
WEI William Ignace Otorhinolaryngologists/Surgeons
WONG Chun Por Physicians

The Academy would like to thank Prof. S.P.Chow and Dr. C.W. Chan who have stepped down from Council after the AGM. Dr. C.W. Chan has served the Academy Council for a total of 12 years.


2008 Annual Subscriptions

Demand notes for the 2008 subscriptions are being sent out to Fellows from either the Academy or their College. Fellows will note that the subscription amount this year is reduced, as the Academy Council has upon recommendation of the Finance & Investment Committee approved a one-off 50% reduction of the annual subscription to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Academy in 2008. Please be reminded that it is Council's policy that subscriptions received by the Academy after 30 June will be subject to a surcharge of 5% on the subscription amount. Please settle your subscription as soon as possible.



Best Original Research by Trainee (BORT)

The results of the 2007 BORT was announced during the Conferment Ceremony on 13 December 2007 and the medals were presented to the 3 winners.  The Gold Medal winner will also get a cash reward of HK$15,000.  The Academy would like to thank the Panel of Judges for their time and works.  The Panel consists of Prof. Tony Chung (Panel Chairman), Dr. Kam Chak Wah; Prof. Raymond Liang; Prof. Leung Kwok Sui; Prof. Lo Chung Mau and Dr. C.T. Hung.  The Academy would also like to thank the trainees who have submitted their papers for this competition.  

Gold Medal Dr. CHAN, Kwan Chee Detection and prognostication of hepatoellular carcinoma by quantitative analysis of aberrantly methylated DNA in serum
Silver Medal Dr. CHAN, Albert Changing Paradigm in Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Improves the Survival Benefit of Early Detection by Screening
Bronze Medal Dr. MA, Siu Keung Edmond A Multi-Countries Outbreak of Fungal Keratitis Associated with a Contact Lens Solution: the Hong Kong Experience



Collaboration on Reciprocal Facilities between the Academy and Royal Society of Medicine

HKAM and RSM have decided to consolidate and strengthen links between the two organizations.  On 6 December 2007, the Academy and RSM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set out the initial collaboration between HKAM and RSM in reciprocal use of facilities for Fellows and members of the two organisations.   Further collaborations such as online CPD services will be pursued at a later stage.  Under this MOU, RSM will allow Fellows of HKAM to use the accommodation facilities (Chandos House http://www.chandoshouse.co.uk/ only), restaurants, bars and lounges of the RSM when they travel to London .  The services will be provided to HKAM Fellows on pay-on-use basis by the user.  Fellows who wish to use the facilities of RSM can contact the Academy’s External Affairs Officer on elsa@hkam.org.hk.  The Academy will provide a letter of introduction for authentication of Fellowship status at reservation for facilities



Memorandum of Understanding on Training Exchange Programme

To strengthen the exchange of training of doctors between Hong Kong and Mainland, the Academy signed a MOU with the Hospital Authority on 13 December 2007.  Under the MOU, the HA will arrange placement of 1 to 6 months for mainland doctors in selected HA hospitals to familiarise them with the local specialist training system. On the other hand, local trainees may also apply to join the exchange programmes offered by Mainland hospitals so as to acquire training experience in the Mainland. With due collaboration with the HA, the Academy expects to see enhanced exchange and networking among Hong Kong and Mainland doctors.


HKAM 15th Anniversary Congress, 15-16 November 2008

Hong Kong Academy of Medicine turns 15 this year!

To mark the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, the Academy will organise the HKAM 15th Anniversary Congress during 15-16 November 2008 in the Academy Building .   The 2-day exciting programme, entitled "Grand Rounds - Working Together: The Power of Collaboration", will comprise multi-disciplinary case study presentations.  Fellows are encouraged to actively involve during the case discussion.  For details of the Programme, please check here.



5-Day Working Week

Council has endorsed the recommendation of House Committee to adopt 5-day working week. Starting from January 2008, opening hours of the HKAM Secretariat will be:  

Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 17:30 (Lunch Hour: 12:30 - 13:30)

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: Closed

Opening hours of other facilities in the Academy Building, e.g. Lounge, Dining Room, will remain unchanged.



2008-2010 CME/CPD Cycle

The current CME/CPD cycle for Academy Fellows ended on 31 December 2007.   As reported earlier, number of points obtained by means of passive participation will be capped at 75 for a cycle, effective from 1 January 2008.  Fellows are reminded to take note of this for the coming cycle.  Fellows can click below to obtain a copy of the Academy's CMECPD Guidelines.  For individual College guidelines, Fellows should contact their Colleges.  



2011-2013 CME/CPD Cycle

For the CME/CPD cycle starting 1 January 2011, on top of changes for 2008.  Fellows would be strongly encouraged to (a) maintain a balanced CME/CPD profile with a mix of different activities, including 5 points in a cycle from activities in quality assurance audits and activities for improvement of patient care in order to capture the full benefit of different types of CME/CPD activities; and (b) increase further the CME/CPD points gained from activities other than passive participation through decreasing the proportion of passive participation CME/CPD activities.  Fellows will receive further detailed information from the Academy shortly.




Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, Honorary Treasurer of the College of Ophthalmologists , has recently received the "Hong Kong Humanity Award 2007".  The first "Hong Kong Humanity Award 2007" is co-organised by the Hong Kong Red Cross and Radio Television Hong Kong, aiming to give tribute to those live up and put into practice the spirit of humanity.  Dr. Chow (standing in middle in picture) is one of the awardees this year.




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Hong Kong Medical Journal December 2007 issue is now available on the Journal's website <http://www.hkmj.org>. Highlights of this issue include:





Online CME/CPD

Quizzes from the following Colleges are currently available at iCMECPD website for Fellows to study online for CME/CPD:

HKAM / College


Deadline for Submission of Answer

Otorhinolaryngologists  Radiographic stage fails to predict symptom outcomes after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) for chronic sinusitis 31/03/2008
Pathologists  Recent perspectives in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency 31/03/2008


Activation of Tubular Epithelial Cells in Diabetic Nephrophathy and the Role of the role of the PPAR-γ Agonist



HKCR Case of January 2008


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Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


14-17 February 2008

7th Congress of Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand 2008

Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand



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