November 2006


David Todd Oration and Annual Dinner

This year's David Todd Oration will be held on 30 November (Thursday) together with the 13th AGM, Fellowship Conferment Ceremony and Annual Dinner.   Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, President of Royal Society of Medicine, London , has kindly agreed to be this year’s orator for the David Todd Oration.  She is an expert in Palliative Medicine and will speak on “Difficult decisions at the end of life”.  Due to limited number of seats available, reservations for the annual dinner will be on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please click the link below for booking form and programme rundown.

Annual Dinner Booking Form



Academy Policy on Reduced Subscription Rates

Fellows are requested to note that reduced rates (retired, overseas) will be effective from the next subscription year after submission of an application.  Eligible Fellows should therefore submit their applications before 31 December 2006 if they wish to enjoy the reduced rates in year 2007.   Details of the policy can be found in the Fellows Area of the Academy website.



Discussion Forum: From CME to CPD (30 September 2006)

Fellows may be aware from the news and publications of the Academy that the Education Committee has been considering the move to CPD for quite a long time.  After years of discussion, the Academy Council has agreed in principle to move forward to CPD in stages.  Before proceeding further, the Academy would like to explain to Fellows about the rationale and the details of the change and listen to Fellows' views on the proposed move.  A forum was held on 30 September 2006.  Fellows who were unable to attend can click below to view the presentation at the forum.

A web discussion forum has now been created at the iCMECPD, Fellows who wish to express their views please go to the iCMECPD website (  Click CMe-Learning to log in, then click "CME Forum" at the right-hand column.  Then, choose the subject "From CME to CPD".



Online CME/CPD

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

College Topic Deadline for Submission of Answer
Anaesthesiologists Anesthetic,Patient, and Surgical Risk Factors for Neurologic Complications After Prolonged Toal Tourniquet Time During Total Knee Arthroplasty 15/12/2006
Dental Surgeons A retrospective study of 1925 consecutively placed immediate implants from 1988 to 2004 06/11/2006
Pathologists The Roles and Expectations of the Specialist in Clinical Microbiology and Infection 31/12/2006
Radiologists Magnetic Resonance Pattern Recognition in White Matter Disorders 30/11/2006
Radiologists Side Effects of High-dose Radioactive Iodine for Ablation or Treatment of Differentiated thyroid Carcinoma 30/11/2006

27 videos of Advances in Medicine 2006 lectures organised by CUHK have been recently uploaded. The Academy would like to express its gratitude to Prof. Joseph Sung and the University for their generous contribution. 

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



The Academy President Prof Grace Tang was conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Australia on 7 May 2006. Prof Tang was also conferred Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia on 24 August 2006 (photo). Congratulations to Prof Tang.

Golf Tournament

The HKAM Golf Tournament 2006 has been scheduled for 29 November 2006 (Wednesday).  The tournament will be held at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course.  Please click the link below for event and registration details.

Registration Form



Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons - International Symposium on Disaster Medical Response

Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons will organise an International Symposium on Disaster Medical Response on 2-3 December 2006 (Saturday & Sunday) at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building.  Please click the following links for detailed information.  



Workshop on Mental Competence in Medical Practice

Prof. Paul S. Appelbaum will deliver a training workshop on assessment of mental competence on 11 and 12 January 2007 in the Marco Polo Prince Hotel, Hong Kong. Prof. Appelbaum is the Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice, including Assessing Competence to Consent to Treatment: A Guide for Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals. 

This workshop is organized by the Department of Psychiatry of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists. It aims at enhancing the participants’ knowledge and skills in the assessment of mental competence in different areas related to medical practice. Interested fellows may contact Ms. Sarah Chia at 26076029 for further information. Programme and registration, CME accreditation information can be downloaded from the following website at



Cancer Imaging 2007

Cancer Imaging 2007 organised by International Cancer Imaging Society and Hong Kong College of Radiologists will be held on 10 & 11 February 2007 (Saturday & Sunday) at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building.

Please visit the HKCR website ( for the very exciting scientific programme with a faculty of international and local speakers who are renowned in the field of oncology and oncologic imaging. 

There will be: 

Lectures on State-of-the-Art cancer imaging, including:

  • CT Colonography for Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Staging Upper GI Tumours

  • PET in Oncology

Multidisciplinary Symposia on:

  • Lung Cancer

  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Liver Metastases

  • Head & Neck Tumours

  • Carcinoma of Uterus, Cervix and Ovary

Workshops, e.g.:

  • US of neck masses that may simulate metastases

  • Musculoskeletal tumours – Imaging aspects

  • Aspects of intervention in cancer

  • MR imaging of Paediatric Oncology

Please visit the HKCR website ( for further details. The registration form may be downloaded from the website.



2006 Health Manpower Survey

The Department of Health has requested the Academy to help remind Fellows that the 2006 Health Manpower Survey (HMS) has started.  The HMS aims to collect up-to-date information on the size, characteristics and employment status of healthcare personnel to facilitate the development and planning of health workforce in Hong Kong .  Self-administered questionnaires will be sent together with the letters for renewal of practising certificates to all doctors in Hong Kong .  The deadline for submission of questionnaire is 29 December 2006.  For more information and enquires, please visit



Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases (RFCID) / 

Health and Health Services Research Fund (HHSRF)

The RFCID and HHSRF have issued a joint call for research grant applications.  The closing date is 15 November 2006.  Full details of the research priorities, application guidelines and application forms are available from the website of the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.



Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


3 November 2006 Sustainable Healthcare for Hong Kong Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong

3-5 November 2006

Hong Kong Society of Biological Psychiatry Conference 2006

The Hong Kong Society of Biological Psychiatry

5-9 November 2006

The 7th Asian Congress on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Hong Kong Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

11-12 November 2006

20th Anniversary Symposium: Reproductive Medicine: Where we are heading

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology The University of Hong Kong & IVF Centre Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital (HKSH)

16-19 November 2007 Second International Congress on Evidence-Based Advanced Dentistry, Silver Jubilee Celebration of Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong

24-28 November 2006

5th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases

Various Organisers

12-13 January 2007  International Symposium on Food Safety Centre for Food Safety, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

13-17 June 2007

The 21st Congress of International Association of Paediatric Dentistry

Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Dentistry