HKAM 15th Anniversary Congress 15-16 November 2008
The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine turns 15 this year. To celebrate this special occasion, the Academy has organised a 15th Anniversary Congress with participation of the Academies of Medicine of Malaysia and Singapore. The Honourable Donald TSANG, Chief Executive of HKSAR, has agreed to be the Guest of Honour at the Opening on 15 November 2008. Prof. CHEN Zhu, Minister of Health of PRC, will speak at the Halnan Lecture immediately after the Opening. Please register for the congress before 15 October to enjoy discounted registration fee, if you have not yet done so.
HKAM Manhattan Platinum Credit Card
The agreement for the captioned co-branded credit card will expire in January 2009. The Academy has decided not to renew the existing agreement, and is now looking for a new partner. Fellows will be updated on the progress.
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 2008 if they wish to enjoy the reduced rates in year 2009. Details of the policy can be found in the Fellows Area of the Academy website.
2008 Annual General Meeting
The Academy’s AGM will be held on 19 December 2008 (Friday) with the Fellowship Conferment Ceremony and David Todd Oration. Mrs. Rita FAN has been invited to speak at the oration. More details will follow in coming months.
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.
Hong Kong Medical Journal August 2008 issue is now available on the Journal's website <http://www.hkmj.org>. Highlights of this issue include:
Quizzes from the following Colleges are currently available at iCMECPD website for Fellows to study online for CME/CPD:
Please visit the CMe-Learning of iCMECPD website (www.icmecpd.hk) for the latest CME/CPD materials.
Update on Recent Melamine-tainted Milk/Milk Products Incidents and Its Regulation
The Centre for Food Safety would like to invite Fellows to join their communication network Food Safety Electronic Information Delivery System (FSEIDS).
PATH BUILDERS – Help pave the way for a positive generation
To tackle drug abuse and other youth problems, the Government has taken series of measures and launched anti-drug campaigns. The Task Force on Youth Drug Abuse and Narcotics Division of the Security Bureau are appealing to companies and organizations to support them by reaching out to those who have so far not been exposed to drugs or are at risk, showing them hope, cheering them up, giving them opportunities and strengthening their resistance to adversity and temptations.
The Academy is being invited to participate in the “Path Builders” programme, e.g. by inviting its Fellows to become mentors, or to give talks at schools. Fellows who are interested in being mentor or speakers at school talks please complete the enclosed form and fax/mail it back to the Academy. The Academy will then liaise with the Narcotics Division for follow-up actions. Fellows who wish to have more detailed information about this programme can visit the website of Narcotics Division, Security Bureau at www.nd.gov.hk/Path_Builders/en/home/index.html
The Croucher Foundation
The Foundation is inviting applications to Fellowships and Scholarships in its annual competitive exercise, tenable from the 2009-10 academic year. Such awards are only available to permanent residents of Hong Kong intending to pursue research in the natural sciences, technology and medicine. For more information of the scholarship, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.croucher.org.hk
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: www.nesanaples2008.com
HIMSS AsiaPac 2009 Conference & Exhibition
The HIMSS AsiaPac 2009 will be held on 24-27 February 2009 in Kuala Lumpur. The Academy has agreed to be one of the Supporting Organisations of this conference. For more details of the conference, please visit their website http://www.himssasiapac.org/
Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)