February 2008


Visit of Vice Minister of Health

Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Liu Qian, and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Medical Science, Technology and Education, Dr. Meng Qun, visited Hong Kong earlier.  The Academy President, hosted a dinner for Drs. Liu and Meng on 20 January 2008.  The dinner was joined by the Vice-President (Edu. & Exams), the Honorary Treasurer, and President of Colleges of Anaesthesiologists, Community Medicine, and Dental Surgeons.


Think Tank Project

A Think Tank was formed after the Strategic Planning Workshop held in March last year.  The Think Tank is chaired by Prof. John Leong, comprising the Vice President (General Affairs) and  representatives from the Colleges of Family Physicians and Physicians as members.  Council has at its last meeting approved a proposal submitted by the Think Tank to conduct a research entitled “A Study on the Medical Requirements of Elderly Citizens in Hong Kong”.  The Academy has invited several research centres to submit a proposal for the survey services, and finally decided to appoint the Quality Evaluation Centre of the City University of Hong Kong to conduct the survey.



Gong Xi Fa Cai

The Secretariat will be closed at 13:00 on 6 February 2008 (Chinese New Year Eve) and will re-open on 11 February 2008 (Monday).

The Academy Lounge and Dining Room will be closed on 7-13 February 2008.  Services will be resumed on 14 February 2008.

The Academy wishes all Fellows a prosperous year in the Year of the Rat!



HIMSS AsiaPac 2008 Conference & Exhibition

The HIMSS AsiaPac 2008 will be held on 20-23 May 2008 in Hong Kong.  Registration for the conference has started, please visit their website http://www.himssasiapac.org/.  The Academy is one of the Supporting Organisations of this conference.  Academy Fellows will be entitled to HIMSS Member Rate. 



3rd Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

This conference is hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention, HKU on 31 Oct to 3 Nov 2008 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme is "Suicide Research and Prevention in Times of Rapid Change in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities and Challenges".  Please click the following link for details of the conference and call for abstracts.




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 uploaded to the iCMECPD website.  Please visit the CMe-Learning of iCMECPD website (www.icmecpd.hk), then go to "CME without Quiz".



2008 Annual Subscriptions

Demand notes for the 2008 subscriptions have been sent 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.  


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 BuildingThe 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 <http://www.hkam.org.hk/hkam15>.



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.



Help us make HKMJ a better journal. Complete our Readers Survey online

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 February 2008


Radiologists Neurological Complications of Cerebral Angiography Performed for Hospital Inpatients 29/02/2008
Radiologists Factors affecting endogenenous TSH rise after T4 withdrawal in preparation for I-131 Whole-body Scan for patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma 29/02/2008

Please visit the CMe-Learning of iCMECPD website (www.icmecpd.hk) for the latest CME/CPD materials.




Activate iCMECPD Account

Fellows who want to check their CME profile MUST activate their iCMECPD account first. Please go to <http://www.icmecpd.hk> and click CMe-Learning or Member's Area, then click For newcomers, please click HERE to activate your account NOW!!

Please click here for details



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