May 2009


Human Swine Influenza

The following are guidelines of Hospital Authority on Human Swine Influenza:

The Central Health Education Unit of Department of Health has prepared a poster and a leaflet to enhance public awareness and knowledge of the Human Swine Influenza. The soft copy of the leaflet and poster can be downloaded from:


Bilingual poster:

If Fellows wish to have hard copies, please contact Central Health Education Unit, Department of Health at 2572 1476 or fill in the request form.

The most updated information of Human Swine Influenza can be obtained from the CHP Website :



Symposium on Postgraduate Training

The recent Doctor Work Reform implemented by the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong has brought up the issue whether the reduction in work hours of doctors would have impact on quality of training. Before finding this out, the Academy will need to develop and validate a competency assessment framework, which is contingent upon defining the outcomes of training. The work hour reduction also prompts the Academy to think about how best to train a specialist in the limited time available, and whether curriculum revisions would be necessary in due course. In this context, the Academy has decided to organise a Workshop bringing these issues up for discussion and invited overseas experts in medical education of specialists to participate so that the Academy can take reference from international developments on the scientific approach to training of specialist doctors. This workshop is for representatives from Academy Colleges, Hospital Authority, Health & Food Bureau, the two medical schools, Medical Council and Dental Council only. In order to also allow Fellows to know more about the international trend of postgraduate medical training, the Academy will hold a symposium on the subject, which is open to all Fellows. This symposium will be arranged as a session of the WONCA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference hosted by Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). It is free of charge for Fellows but registration is required. Please download the registraton form here.

Date and Time: 5 June 2009 (Friday) 15:30 – 17:00

Venue: Theatre II, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong



The HKCFP family medicine specialist exit assessment: a view from the external examiner
Prof. Doris Young, Professor and Chair of General Practice, and Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne; External Examiner for the HKCFP Exit examination
Thoughts from the UK: primary and secondary care responding to new challenges for postgraduate education
Prof. Edward Peile, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Clinical Education, Warwick Medical School, The University of Warwick
Surgical training: turn it upside down
Prof. Richard K Reznick, R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto; Vice President Education, University Health Network

16:30 Discussion and summing up
Dr. C.T. Hung, Vice President (Education & Examinations), Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
17:00 End of programme



2009 Annual Subscriptions

Demand notes for the 2009 subscriptions have been sent out to Fellows from either the Academy or their College. Fellows are urged to settle their subscription as soon as possible before 30 June 2009 if they have not yet done so. (Note: 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.)



Extraordinary General Meeting – 18 June 2009

Council has decided to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 18 June 2009 (Thurs) 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.



New Academy Platinum Card

As mentioned in previous news, a new Academy Platinum Card will be launched with Dah Sing Bank in June. Besides perpetual annual fee waiver and HK$300 free spending credit as the welcome gift, Fellows using the card for Academy annual subscription payment and selected retail transactions in the Academy can enjoy double bonus points and discounts. For details, please refer to the promotion materials that will be sent to Fellows shortly.



Drug Forum

The Forum was held on 18 April 2009 and well attended by over 60 Fellows and allied health professionals, with some fruitful discussion at the end of the Forum. The Academy would like to thank the speakers and Fellows who have taken time to join the Forum. The Academy would also like to thank Hong Kong Association of the Parmaceutical Industry for arranging Mr. K. Ito to fly from Japan to speak on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) at the Forum.

Prof. KY Yuen
Dr. SY Ha
Dr. WL Cheung
Mr. William Chui
Dr. Gloria Tam
Mr. K. Ito



43rd Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine

The Academy has been invited to hold a parallel session during the 43rd Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine on 8 August 2009. The theme of the Congress is "Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in the Next Decade". The delegation from Hong Kong this time will include 3 speakers: Prof. Raymond Liang, Prof. L.K. Hung, and Prof. Tony Chung. Their topics are "Hepatitis B reactivation following chemotherapy", "Parenteral nutrition for debilitated patients", and "Cancer screening in women" respectively.

Congress website (



Fellows' Contact Information

If Fellows have recently changed their contact details, please inform the Academy. The Secretariat would only send letters or notifications to Fellows using the contact information in the record that was provided by the Fellows themselves. Fellows can make use of the iCMECPD to change their correspondence address or personal details. If you have any queries or have forgotten the password, please submit your message to us via the iCMECPD website.



Wonca Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2009 - Building Bridges

The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians invites you to join the Wonca Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2009 - Building Bridges. The conference will be held on 4-7 Jun 2009 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information and registration, please visit



Hong Kong College of Community Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting
Humanitarian Challenges in Public Health

Humanitarian crises of wars, natural disasters, famines…all pose great challenges to the public health goal of protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the populations. Measures promptly applied in the emergency phase and for the longer term re-building of infrastructures requires the well planned, coordinated and comprehensive mixture of skills and knowledge supported by organisational, financial and human resources. Working together with the local communities to empower the affected populations for short and long term recovery remains a challenge to the public health professionals

Date : 14 June 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 10 am – 4:30 pm
Venue : Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Cub Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road

Speakers :
Dr Henk Bekedam
Director, Division of Health Sector Development at World Health Organization West Pacific Regional Office
Prof Ma Xiao
Professor and Dean, West China School of Public Health, The 4th University Hospital, West China Medical Center, Sichuan University
Dr Li Yuan-feng
Medical Superintendent, the Sichuan Provincial Peoples' Hospital
Dr Law Sheung Wai
Chief Medical Consultant, the “STANDTALL” Project
Dr Mok Chiu Yau
Principal Medical & Health Officer, Department of Health, the Government of HKSAR
Dr Au Yiu Kai
Consultant in charge, Department of Surgery, Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital, the Hospital Authority
Dr Fan Ning
President, the Medecin’s San Frontieres Hong Kong
Dr Emily Chan
Associate Professor, the School of Public Health, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

For details and registration, please visit :



Scientific Symposium on Emergency Medicine
New Concept, New Model
2nd Hong Kong-Shenzhen Emergency Medicine Conference

Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, Hong Kong Society of Emergency Medicine and Surgery and Hong Kong Emergency Nurses Association invite you to join the Scientific Symposium on Emergency Medicine on September 25-26, 2009 and 2nd Hong Kong – Shenzhen Emergency Medicine Conference on September 24-25, 2009 at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

For more information and registration, please visit




Hong Kong Medical Journal April 2009 issue is now available on the Journal’s website <>. Highlights of this issue include:





Online CME/CPD

Quizzes from the Hong Kong Medical Journal and 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 Clinical significance of Trichomonas vaginalis detected in Papanicolaou smear: a survey in female Social Hygiene Clinic 31 May 2009
Hong Kong Medical Journal Should young age be a contra-indication to breast conservation treatment in Chinese women? Twelve-year experience from a public cancer centre in Hong Kong 31 May 2009
Paediatricians Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Vol. 14 No. 2 April 2009 30 Jun 2009
Pathologists The Hong Kong College of Pathologists - Online CME/CPD for Self-Study (Clinical Microbiology and Infection) Quiz 1 31 Jan 2010
Pathologists The Hong Kong College of Pathologists - Online CME/CPD for Self-Study (Clinical Microbiology and Infection) Quiz 2 31 Jan 2010
Pathologists A new look at screening and diagnosing diabetes mellitus 31 Mar 2010
Pathologists Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) as a marker of kidney damage 31 Mar 2010
Radiologists HKCR Case of May 2009 31 May 2009

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




Upcoming Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


Conference(s) / Symposium(s)


7-11 May 2009 The 31st Asia Pacific Dental Congress Hong Kong Dental Association, Asia Pacific Dental Federation
15 May 2009 Acupuncture Research Forum Hong Kong Association for Integration of Chinese- Western Medicine, Hospital Authority, Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Guangdong Provincial Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Guangdong Provincial Association of Chinese Medicine.

Enquiries (Conference secretariat):
Tel No.: 2871 8787
Fax No.: 2871 8898


16-17 May 2009 Pain Management Conference
24-27 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
2 Jun 2009 Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital & Stanford University School of Medicine Medical Teleconference Programme - Topics in Neonatology

Dept. of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital

Tel: 2595 6410;

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
18 Jul 2009 Hong Kong Surgical Forum - Summer 2009 Department of Surgery, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital & Hong Kong Chapter of American College of Surgeons
8 Nov 2009 International Symposium on Hepatology 2009 / 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting The Hong Kong Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Enquiries (Symposium secretariat):
Tel No.: 2116 4348
19-22 Nov 2009 7th Echo Hong Kong - Live & Guide to Clinical Management (Pre-conference hands-on workshop) Ruttonjee Hospital & Tang Shiu Kin Hospital, Hong Kong