November 2007


2007 David Todd Oration and Annual Dinner

The Academy is honoured to have Vice-Minister of Health, Prof. Huang Jie-fu to be this year’s orator.  His oration topic is "Healthcare for Tomorrow's China".  The 2007 David Todd Oration will be held in conjunction with the AGM, Fellowship Conferment and Annual Dinner on 13 December 2007.  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.



Distinguished Lecture

The Academy President, Prof. Grace Tang, has been invited to be a speaker at the Distinguished Lecture organised by the Department of Surgery of HKU. Her lecture title is "Medical Education: An Uphill Battle or a Matter of Course?" The lecture will be held at 6 pm on 30 November 2007 at the Underground Lecture Theatre, New Clinical Building, Queen Mary Hospital. For enquiry and more details, please visit the following website:




New O&G Specialty on Specialist Register

Following recommendation of the Academy, the Medical Council has recently included "Maternal & Fetal Medicine" in the Specialist Register.  Fellows who have been accredited by the College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists for this new specialty can submit a fresh application to the Medical Council to have their names included under this specialty in the SR, with a prescribed payment of HK$1,060.  Please note that under the existing regulations, a doctor can have his name included in ONE specialty only.  If a doctor changes his specialty under the SR, his name under the previously registered specialty will be removed.



Academy PR Radio Programmes

The Academy has arranged a series of radio programmes with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) to introduce the Academy and its Colleges to the public. Starting from 6 November 2007, representatives of the Academy and its Colleges will be present at the programme "精靈一點" of RTHK Radio 1 at 2:00 pm on every Tuesday. The series will run until February 2008. 



Orthopaedic Information Service

The College of Orthopaedic Surgeons set up a "Public Information Committee" (PIC) in March 2007 and has recently launched an Orthopaedic Information Service website for the public ( A launching ceremony was held on 6 October 2007.


2008-2010 CME/CPD Cycle

The current CME/CPD cycle for Academy Fellows will end 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.  

Since the existing cycle will end in a few months time, Fellows are reminded to make sure they will obtain the required number of CME/CPD points before the end of this year, and to catch up if the points they have obtained so far fall short of the requirements.  Fellows who are on the Specialist Register (SR) of the Medical Council or Dental Council will need to fulfil the requirements of the Academy to remain on the SR.  Fellows, except those exempted for CME/CPD due to retirement, are also required to fulfil the requirements to maintain the Academy Fellowship.  



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.



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 2007 if they wish to enjoy the reduced rates in year 2008.   Details of the policy can be found in the Fellows Area of the Academy website.  




Prof. John Leong, Past President of College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, received the Blount Award from the Scoliosis Research Society (USA) during its combined Meeting with the British Scoliosis Society in Edinburgh in September 2007. The Blount Award was conferred on him for having spearheaded the development of spinal deformity surgery in Mainland China in the early 1980s, starting in Guangzhou , and continuing to provide assistance in the last twenty odd years for different parts of the country. 


HIMSS AsiaPac 2008 Conference & Exhibition

The Academy has accepted the invitation of the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) to be a supporting organization of the HIMSS AsiaPac 2008 Conference Exhibition to be held on 20-23 May 2008 in Hong Kong .



2007 Health Manpower Survey

The Department of Health has requested the Academy to help remind Fellows that the 2007 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 31 December 2007.  For more information and enquiries, please visit the homepage of the Department of Health at



Golf Tournament

The HKAM Golf Tournament 2007 has been scheduled for 28 November 2007 (Wednesday).  The tournament will be held at World Cup Course (Shenzhen Course), Mission Hills Golf Club.  Please click the link below for event and registration details.

Registration Form



Hong Kong Medical Journal October 2007 issue is now available on the Journal's website <>. 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


Incidence and Risk Factors of Thromboembolism in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Comparison of Three Ethnic Groups



HKCR Case of November 2007


Please visit the CMe-Learning of iCMECPD website ( 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 <> 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