December 2012


Results of the Postal Ballot - Amendments to Bylaws (2012)

The balloting exercise closed on 31 October 2012 and all ballot papers received were counted by the Auditor on 9 November 2012. Out of the 6,191 ballot papers posted by the Academy, 1,262 were returned before the closing date and 14 of these papers were determined by the auditor as invalid. The voting results are as follows:

  For Against Blank Void TOTAL

Resolution 1:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 2.6, and to adopt new Bylaw 6.1.7

1,039 200 9 0 1,248

Resolution 2:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 4.3, Bylaw 4.4, and Bylaw 6.5

1,069 166 12 1 1,248

Resolution 3:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 6.1.1

1,082 161 5 0 1,248

Resolution 4:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 6.1.2

1,057 183 8 0 1,248

Resolution 5:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 6.4 and Bylaw 6.5, and to adopt new Bylaw 6A

1,084 154 9 1 1,248

Resolution 6:
To adopt new Bylaw 6.5

1,041 199 8 0 1,248

Resolution 7:
To adopt Amendments to Bylaw 10

1,137 101 10 0 1,248

In accordance with the HKAM Ordinance section 13(3), not less than 1/5 of entitled Fellows have voted and the majority has voted in favour of the resolutions. The Council of the Academy therefore announces that the amendments to Bylaws as proposed have been passed by the postal ballot. The amended Bylaws can be downloaded from the Academy website at

The Academy Council would like to thank all the Fellows who have returned their ballots, making it possible for the Academy to successfully amend and update its bylaws.



Press Briefing on the Safe Use of Steroids on 21 November 2012

The Academy held a press briefing on 21 November 2012 to inform the public about the safe use of steroids due to the apparent steroid phobia in the general public.

Dr. C.L. Law, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, chaired the press briefing, and keynote speakers included Dr. Alvin Chan from the College of Family Physicians, Prof. Leung Tin Fan from the College of Paediatricians, Dr. Ho King Man and Dr. Mok Chi Chiu from the College of Physicians. They shared their views that the proper use of steroids can be very useful for many treatments but due to the misunderstanding of its usage and possible side effects, the public has developed a phobia to steroid-based treatments, and this may lead to improper use, which can cause adverse side effects. The press briefing was attended by 20 members of the press from printed/electronic media.



David Todd Oration

This year's David Todd Oration will be held on 14 December 2012, in conjunction with the Fellowship Conferment ceremony and AGM. The Academy is honoured to have Prof. Sum-ping Lee, Dean, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, to be speaker. His oration topic is "Whither Medical Humanities?".

CME/CPD Accreditation:

College/Programme Print Category


Community Medicine

Dental Surgeons

Emergency Medicine

Family Physicians

Obstetricians & Gynaecologists


Orthopaedic Surgeons

























Cat. B


Cat. 5.2

Non O&G


Cat. B

Cat. 2

Cat. A




Cat. B




Merry Christmas

The Academy wishes all Fellows a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Academy Secretariat will be closed at 1:00pm on 21 December 2012 (Winter Solstice) and 24 December 2012 (Christmas Eve).

The Academy Lounge on 3/F will be closed at 1:00 pm on 24 December 2012 for a function.



HKAM 20th Anniversary

It will be the Academy's 20th Anniversary next year. A 20th Anniversary Congress will be held on 8-10 December 2013 to celebrate the occasion. The theme will be "Manpower needs in medicine: moving with the times" The Organising Committee, chaired by the Vice-President (General Affairs), is working on the programme for the celebration.

Please visit the 20th Anniversary Congress website for updated information:



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 2012 if they wish to enjoy the reduced rates in year 2013. For those who are aged over 65 as of 31 December 2012, reduced rates will be granted automatically, and they do not need to submit application. Details of the policy can be found in the Member's Area of the iCMECPD website (



2nd AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress / 47th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine

The 2nd AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress and 47th SMCM will be held in Singapore on 23-24 August 2013. The three Academies in Hong Kong (HKAM), Malaysia (AMM) and Singapore (AMS) agreed to have tripartite congress in every three years starting from 2010. The first tripartite congress was hosted by HKAM and successfully held in Hong Kong in 2010. The theme of the 2nd Tripartite Congress, to be hosted by AMS, will be "The New Reality in Medicine - Caring for Patients with Multiple Co-Morbidites" For details of the congress, please visit the congress website at

First Announcement



Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists

Advanced & Difficult Airway Management Workshops for doctors (ADAM-D)

The Institute of Clinical Simulation of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists will organize Advanced & Difficult Airway Management Workshops for doctors (ADAM-D) at the North District Hospital on 30 Jun 2012, 29 Sep 2012 and 29 Dec 2012 respectively. The workshop aims at providing the participants with knowledge and skill in managing difficult airways. The target participants are emergency physicians, intensive care physicians, 1st year anaesthetic trainees, medical physicians, pediatricians, ENT surgeons & general surgeons who are responsible for the acute airway management of their patients. Interested colleagues can click on the following for more details, or contact the Manager, Ms Yvonne Chiu, at 26838307.



9th CT Coronary Angiography Teaching Course 2013 - Intermediate and Advanced Level, 30-31 March 2013

Hong Kong College of Radiologists will organise the 9th CT Coronary Angiography Teaching Course 2013 - Intermediate and Advanced Level on 30-31 March 2013 (Saturday & Sunday) at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan, Hong Kong SAR.

Please click the following links for detailed information.

Please visit the following website for registration and updated information:



The 3rd IDKD (An Interactive Course in Diagnostic Imaging) Intensive Course in Hong Kong, 9-12 May 2013

The 3rd IDKD Intensive Course in Hong Kong will be held on 9-12 May 2013 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Hong Kong College of Radiologists (HKCR) is honoured to co-organize this event, together with The University of Hong Kong.

Registrations are accepted online at starting 1 November 2012

Please click the following links for detailed information.

Please refer to the website at for updated meeting programme and information.



Lymphoma Conference, 6-7 April 2013, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKS&H) will co-host the Lymphoma Conference with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) on 6-7 April 2013 at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. The conference will provide timely topics that cover monoclonal antibody therapy and other novel agents, PET/CT imaging, FISH and molecular testing, FNA, chromosome analysis, evaluation of splenomegaly, immunodeficiency related lymphoma and multiparametric immmunophenotyping. Lymphoma Conference will appeal to a broad range of medical professionals including physicians, pediatricians, pathologists, radiologists, scientists and technologists in Hong Kong and Mainland China. For more details, please contact secretariat at email: or telephone: 2871 8896.



17th FIGIJ World Congress on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

The 17th FIGIJ World Congress on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (17th FIGIJ World Congress on PAG) will be held on 15-17 March 2013 at the Postgraduate Education Center of Prince of Wales Hospital, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The theme of this Congress is Discovering more in PAG. The Academy is one of the supporting organizations. Details of the Congress can be found at



Department of Health

Announcements from the Drug Office, Drug Registration and Import / Export Control Division

Please note the following announcements from the Drug Office of Department of Health:




Hong Kong Medical Journal October 2012 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
Pathologists Online CME/CPD for Self-Study 2012 (Haematology) - How I treat with anticoagulants in 2012- new and old anticoagulants 31 Dec 2012
Paediatricians Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Vol. 17 No.4 Oct 2012 15 Jan 2013
Radiologists HKCR Case of December 2012 31 Dec 2012

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




Upcoming Conferences / Symposia / Courses

Date Conference(s) / Symposium(s) / Course(s) Organiser(s)

14 Dec 2012

Registration deadline: 7 Dec 2012

Frontiers in Biomedical Research, HKU 2012

The University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Time: 8:45 am - 6:15 pm

Venue: Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre, William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Symposium Secretariat
Tel: (852) 2819 9333
Fax: (852) 2818 4913

5 Jan 2013

Hong Kong Surgical Forum - Winter 2013

Department of Surgery, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital & China-Hong Kong Chapter, American College of Surgeons

Time: 8:45 am - 6:25 pm

Venue: Cheung Kung Hai Lecture Theatre 1, William M.W. Mong Block, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Building, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Registration & Enquiry:
Forum Secretary, Hong Kong Surgical Forum
Tel: (852) 2819 9691 / 2819 9692
Fax: (852) 2818 9249

16 Feb - 1 Jun 2013

Registration deadline: 31 Jan 2013

Certificate Courses in Mental Health 2013

Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Tel: (852)2607-6029 (Ms. Sarah)
Correspondance Address: Department of Psychiatry, G/F, Multi-centre, Tai Po Hospital, 9 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, N.T.