November 2008


2008 Annual General Meeting / David Todd Oration

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. The topic of the Oration is “The Age of Communications”.




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.

HKAM15 Book

A book has been published to commemorate the 15thAnniversary of the Academy. Each Fellow will receive a copy via post soon.

To facilitate activities during the congress, the Dining Room on 2/F will be closed on 15 November 2008 (Saturday). Services will resume on 17 November 2008 (Monday).




Golf Tournament

The HKAM Golf Tournament 2008 has been scheduled for 3 December 2008 (Wednesday). The tournament will be held at Leadbetter Course (Dongguan Course), Mission Hills Golf Club. Please click the link below for event and registration details.

Registration Form



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.



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.



Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaesthesiology 2008 Theme :
Mother, Baby and Anaesthesia

The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists and The Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong will jointly organise an Annual Scientific Meeting on "Anaesthesiology 2008 Theme : Mother, Baby and Anaesthesia" on 22 - 23 November 2008 (Saturday & Sunday) at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Please click here for detailed information.



The Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons (HKCOS) –
Public information services

The College is proud to present their web ( for public education.

This web is part of the activities of HKCOS’s “public information services”. Besides this public web; the College has conducted a series of healthcare talks in the RTHK in 2007 and monthly public lectures in the Science Museum since April 2008. HKCOS first introduced the public web in Oct 2007 and this is the new version of their web just launched recently. All the information are presented bilingually. There are short stories highlighting the orthopaedic-related issue with public interest, e.g. articles on recent event of neck injury in a young gymnast: Liu Xiang’s (劉翔) heel pain and Tiger Wood’s knee problem. There are backbone articles on various orthopaedic injuries and diseases.

HKCOS realizes that the web is in the developmental stage and is far from perfect. However, under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Louis Hsu (Chairman of the Public Information Committee, HKCOS); the College is confident that they can provide user friendly and accurate orthopaedic knowledge to the public.

For more information, please visit




1st Joint International Conference of The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and The Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Psychiatrists cordially invite you to join the 1st Joint International Conference, Advancing Psychiatric Care in the Emerging World: East meets West. The conference will be held on 13-15 Dec 2008 at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building.

For more information and registration, please visit




Hong Kong Medical Journal October 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

Hong Kong Medical Journal
Endovascular repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms: the first hundred cases
30 Nov 2008
Hong Kong Medical Journal
Using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) to predict the mortality and outcome of patients with intracerebral haemorrhage
30 Nov 2008
Surgical treatment of chronic frontal sinusitis: A Pilot Study
31 Dec 2008
Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Vol. 13 No. 4 October 2008
Dec 2008
HKCR Case of November 2008
30 Nov 2008

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





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: 




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. Registration for HIMSS AsiaPac09 is now open. For more details of the conference, please visit their website



Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


8-9 Nov 2008 10th Beijing / Hong Kong Medical Exchange: Update on Respiratory Medicine Hong Kong Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians (HK and Macau Chapter), Hong Kong Medical Association and Chinese Medical Association
Tel:852 2155 8557 / 2559 5888
14-15 Nov 2008 International Symposium on Hepatology 2008 / 21st Annual Scientific Meeting Hong Kong Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Tel:852 2155 8557 / 2559 5888
21 Nov 2008 Distinguished Lecture on Liver Transplantation : The Titanic Story

Department of Surgery
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong

21-24 Nov 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting 2008 The Hong Kong Society of Child Neurology & Developmental Paediatrics
Tel:852 2155 8557 / 2559 5888
11-13 Dec 2008 Frontiers in Medical and Health Sciences Education "Making Doctors Human" Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education,
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Hong Kong
12 Dec 2008 Frontiers In Biomedical Research, HKU 2008 Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Hong Kong
10 Jan 2009 Hong Kong Surgical Forum, Winter 2009 Department of Surgery, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital & Hong Kong Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
22-26 Apr 2009 19th Israeli Medical Association World Fellowship International Conference Israeli Medical Association
7-11 May 2009 The 31st Asia Pacific Dental Congress Hong Kong Dental Association, Asia Pacific Dental Federation
23-27 May 2009 19th International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Hong Kong Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
18-19 Jun 2009 Head and Neck Course 2009 - Neck Mass Department of Surgery, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong & Queen Mary Hospital, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong