May 2008


Collaboration with Ministry of Health on Specialist Registration in Mainland

The Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in April 2006 to facilitate the development of a specialist registration system in Mainland China.  Several working meetings were held subsequently and the Academy has been working with MOH closely on the project for the past two years.  A “kick-off” ceremony of the pilot scheme was held in Beijing on 18 April 2008.  The Academy President, Vice-president (Edu. & Exams), Academy’s advisors on the Working Group, representatives from Colleges of Dental Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Paediatricians attended the ceremony.  The ceremony was also attended by representatives from mainland organizations/hospitals involved in the pilot scheme. The speech of the Vice Minister of Health at the ceremony will be published in the next issue of the Academy Focus.




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 if you have not yet done so.



Extraordinary General Meeting – 19 June 2008

Council has decided to hold an EGM on 19 June 2008 to admit new Fellows.  The EGM will be held at 7:30 pm at the Council Chamber, 10/F HKAM Jockey Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.  All Fellows are welcome to attend.



2005-2007 CME/CPD Cycle

Following the close of the CME/CPD cycle for 2005-2007, Colleges have reported to the Academy’s Education Committee some non-compliance cases. A letter has been sent to Fellows who have been reported to have failed to obtain the required number of points for the cycle ending 31 December 2007. The Academy would like to remind Fellows that CME/CPD non-compliance may affect their Fellowship and Specialist Registration (SR) status, and would like to request Fellows to respond on time to calls from their Colleges for CME/CPD returns. This would help your College and the Academy in accurate and timely reporting to the Academy Council, Medical Council of Hong Kong (MCHK), and Dental Council of Hong Kong (DCHK) for the purposes of Fellowship and SR maintenance.



CME/CPD for Specialist Registration

Fellows are reminded that Specialist Registration(SR) is maintained by MCHK/DCHK. The Academy’s duty is only to make reports to MCHK/DCHK on compliance of CME/CPD for the purpose of SR. While the Academy can grant exemption to Fellows retired from active practice, this is for the purpose of Fellowship only. The MRO and DRO stipulate that CME is a must for the SR. The Academy will cease to record CME/CPD for a Fellow upon his/her resignation or approval of CME exemption, and shall inform the MCHK/DCHK once his/her name has been removed from the Academy’s register. Fellows who wish to resign his Fellowship or apply for CME/CPD exemption should consider voluntary resignation from the SR with MCHK/DCHK directly, if their names are on the SR. The Academy cannot do this on behalf of Fellows.



National Qualification Examination in the Mainland

Under the CEPA arrangements, registered doctors in Hong Kong who are permanent Hong Kong residents are eligible to take the National Qualification Examination in the Mainland (國家醫師資格考試). The Medical Council of Hong Kong is tasked for the receipt and vetting of applications to sit for the examination. General information on the National Qualification Examination is available at the websites of the National Medical Examination Center at and the Minister of Health of the People’s Republic of China at respectively.

For details and enquiries, please contact the secretariat of the Licentiate Committee of the Medical Council at 2873 4742 or email




Hong Kong Academy of Medicine turns 15 this year!

Please visit the website <> for updates.




Hong Kong College of Pathologists - Topical Update

The College of Pathologists has released the new issue of Topical Update. Its title is "The Autopsy Interview" by Dr. Philip BEH. Interested Fellows please click the link below to view the document.

Topical Update



Family Physicians

Hong Kong College of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting

The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians will organize its Annual Scientific Meeting “Family Physicians and Our Community” on 24-25 May 2008 (Sat & Sun) at the Academy Building. For details, please visit the following website:




The William and Elizabeth Davies Foundation Trust International Meeting, 10-11 May 2008

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has invited the Hong Kong College of Physicians to jointly organise a cancer care meeting in Hong Kong in May 2008 at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Building.

The theme of the meeting is "Pushing the Boundaries in Multidisciplinary Cancer Care". The programme will include two plenary lectures on molecular diagnostics and molecular therapeutics respectively in 'Oncology in Clinical Practice'. There will be plenary sessions on early diagnosis/screening, advances in surgical oncology, adjuvant therapy, treatment in advanced disease for prevalent cancers in Hong Kong (colorectal, lung, breast, liver, and lymphoma), advances in endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques, and palliative care. There will also be posters sessions with prize awards.

For details, please click below to download the announcement of the Meeting.



Hong Kong Medical Journal April 2008 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:



Deadline for Submission of Answer

HKCR Case of May 2008
Impact of Molecular Methods in the Diagnosis of Lymphomas

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




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  The Academy is one of the Supporting Organisations of this conference.  Academy Fellows will be entitled to HIMSS Member Rate. 




New European Surgical Academy (NESA) Meeting in Naples

The NESA meeting titled "Natural Orifice Surgery and other innovations" will take place in Naples, Italy, on 21-22 November 2008. This meeting will enable surgeons from various disciplines to update themselves with innovative surgical ideas. Some of them, such as Transdouglas Abdominal Surgery, the modified Thyroidectomy, and recent developments in Ductuscopy and Neuropelveology, are presented for the first time. NESA was founded by leading surgeons from various disciplines in order to optimize and standardize surgical procedures according to evidence-based facts. The NESA also deals with the development and construction of surgical equipment, which will allow performing operations with less risks and complications. For further information on the meeting, please visit the website: 




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". The Organiser has extended the abstract submission deadline from April 30 to May 24, 2008. Please click the following link for details.



The Institute of Mental Health

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) of the Castle Peak Hospital promotes mental health to the community by organizing activities and providing information on mental health education. They have recently re-launched their website ( which serves as an online platform of mental health education to the public. The website is also a useful source for doctors looking for mental health related materials for their clients.
(Mental Health Education Information



Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


Conference(s) / Symposium(s)



9th Regional Osteoporosis Conference and ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

The Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Hong Kong Dental Association, Asia Pacific Dental Federation