May 2013


Extraordinary General Meeting - 13 June 2013

Council has decided to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 13 June 2013 (Thu) 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.



Academy Policy on Use of Personal Data

The Academy has formulated a set of policy on the use of personal data, in line with the Government Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) in March 1999. The Secretariat has been complying with the requirements stipulated in the Ordinance since then and will continue to do so after amendments in the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance came into effect on 1 April 2013. Please rest assured that your personal data has not been and would not be disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes.

Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Policy on the Use of Personal Data

Personal Data
The Academy supports and will make every effort to comply with the PDPO. Personal data of Fellows will be used mainly for the following purposes:

  1. for contacts relating to membership and educational administration of the Academy;
  2. for distribution of Academy's publications, notices, and circulars;
  3. for membership profile analysis;
  4. subject to the requirements of the PDPO, for promotion of conferences, services, and other activities organised by the Academy, Colleges, or other organisations;
  5. for purposes as specified at the time of data collection.

(Note: Fellows who do not wish to receive any promotional materials mentioned under item (4) above, can write to the Academy any time by mail or email, stating their Fellowship number, full name, and address.)

Transfer of Data
Personal data of Fellows held by the Academy will be kept confidential but the Academy may provide necessary data to:

  1. Relevant Academy Colleges for the verification of subscription and CMECPD status of Fellows according to requirements under the HKAM Ordinance and Bylaws;
  2. Medical Council of Hong Kong and Dental Council of Hong Kong for verification of Fellowship/CMECPD status and specialty accreditation relating to Specialist Registration;
  3. the Government or other authorities when required by law to do so.

Access and Correction of Personal Data
The right of access/correction of personal data under the PDPO will be observed. Requests for access to or correction of data should be made in writing and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy. A small fee may be charged towards administrative expenses in complying with access requests.



Annual Subscriptions

Demand notes for the 2013 subscriptions have been sent to Fellows. Please settle your subscription as soon as possible.


  1. All payments must be received by the Academy before 30 September 2013. According to Bylaw 6.4:
  2. If a member's fee or any other moneys due by a member to the Academy is not received by the Academy within 9 months after such payment falls due, despite two written reminders by the Academy to pay, the member shall automatically forfeit his membership.

  3. It is Council's policy that late subscriptions received by the Academy after 30 June will be subject to a surcharge of 5% on the subscription amount.
  4. For Fellows who have authorized payment via bank transfer / credit card, payments will be deducted from their bank accounts or credit card automatically.
  5. Fellows aged over 70, or have reached 70 before the beginning of the next subscription year, do not need to pay any subscription and will not receive a debit note.
  6. Fellows residing outside Hong Kong or have reached the age of 65 and have retired from all remunerative practice/job/business must submit written applications for reduced rates before 31 December if they wish to enjoy the reduced rates next year. For details, please visit



List of Fellows who are interested in acting as expert witness

The Academy has been approached from time to time by the Police and other government departments, Medical Council, Dental Council, as well as legal firms, for assistance in identifying Fellows who could be expert witness. In this regard, the Academy has invited Fellows who are interested in being expert witness to submit information to the Secretariat in 2010. A List was compiled and has been made available to many enquirers upon formal request since then. The role of the Academy is co-ordinator, and Fellows selected to assist in particular cases would be contacted directly by the parties concerned. The Academy will not be involved in any of those cases.

Fellows who wish to have their names added to this List may now complete and return the reply form to the Academy before 30 June 2013. (Note: Those included in the List should be able to conduct themselves fairly and professionally, and be able to produce an impartial expert report of adequate quality.)



Hong Kong Acadey of Medicine

MPS Hong Kong

MPS-HKAM Excellence in Patient Safety Award

Nature of the Award
The MPS-HKAM Excellence in Patient Safety Award is jointly organized by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM). The objective of the Award is to encourage medical professionals to promote the subject of patient safety, risk reduction, quality and professional standards, and medical ethics.

Who is Eligible for the Award?
Medical practitioners registered in Hong Kong, who submit papers on any of the following topics, are eligible for the Award:

  • Patient safety
  • Risk reduction
  • Quality and professional standards
  • Medical ethics

Presentation of the Award
The Award (a plaque and a cheque for HK$20,000) will be presented to the winning author. The Winner of the Award will be notified 2 weeks prior to the presentation ceremony.

Application will open on 15 June 2013 and close on 15 August 2013.
Please obtain details HERE.



Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees

The Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine recognizes excellence in research done by doctors who are in specialist training. Submission deadline for the year 2013 award is 31 July 2013 (postmark). Interested trainee doctors can download the following documents (PDF and MS Word format) for reference and use.



Press Conference for the World Health Day 2013, 2 April 2013

A press conference to launch an upcoming public education campaign on hypertension led by the Department of Health (DH) in collaboration with partners in the health-care sector was held on 2 April 2013. The campaign echoes "High Blood Pressure", the theme of World Health Day 2013 chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO), with the aim of reducing heart attacks and strokes.

The Director of Health, Dr. Constance Chan, drew public attention to the fact that the prevalence of diagnosed hypertension in Hong Kong has been on the rise and that the health risks associated with high blood pressure can be reduced by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular blood pressure checks. Also speaking at the press conference, the Academy President, Dr. Donald Li, appealed to members of the public to partner with their family doctor for early detection and management of hypertension.

The press conference unveiled the public education campaign on hypertension starting from April with the slogan "Is your blood pressure normal? - High blood pressure kills but it's preventable and treatable". For more details, please visit the following website



Overseas Visits

Centre for Medical Simulation (CMS), 8 - 10 April 2013, Boston

Last month, the President led a delegation to Boston to gain knowledge on the setting up of a simulation centre at the Academy. Delegates included Vice-President (Education & Exams), Prof. C.S. Lau, Honorary Secretary, Dr. C.C. Lau, member of Academy's Working Group on Setting Up of Simulation Centre, Dr. W.K. Tung, and Academy's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. E. Wan.

The group visited the Centre for Medical Simulation (CMS) and simulation centers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the Boston Children's Hospital. Besides offering some helpful advice on the design and equipment list of the proposed HKAM Simulation Centre, CMS also discussed possible collaboration of running simulation training courses with the Academy. A Letter of Intent was signed between the Academy and CMS, with an understanding that it is not legal binding.

During the trip to Boston, the group also visited the Harvard School of Public Health, where they learnt about disaster preparedness and management, and the value of simulation training in these areas.


7th Annual International Forum of the American College of Physicians (ACP), 12 April 2013, San Francisco

After Boston, the President and Vice-President (Education & Exams) attended the 2013 Internal Medicine Congress of the American College of Physicians (ACP), held on 11 - 13 April 2013, in San Francisco. During the Convocation Ceremony, Dr. D. Li was conferred Honorary Fellowship of the ACP. Dr. Li and Prof. Lau also attended the ACP Annual International Forum on 12 April during the congress. The topic of the forum was "Global Healthcare Reform: Challenges, Triumphs and Failures".


29th Annual Congress of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand (RCPT), 24 - 26 April 2013

Dr. Donald Li also represented the Academy to attend the 29th Annual Congress of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand (RCPT) on 24 - 27 April 2013. The theme of the congress was "Changes and Challenges in Internal Medicine". During the Convocation Ceremony, RCPT conferred an Honorary Fellowship on Dr. Li in his capacity as the Academy’s President.



Council Dinner in April

Representatives from the Medical Council and Dental Council were invited to a dinner with Academy’s Council members on 18 April 2013. The guests included Prof. Felice Lieh-Mak (Ex-Chairman, MCHK), Dr. Choi Kin (Chairman, Preliminary Investigation Committee, MCHK), Dr. Tse Hung Hing (Chairman, Ethics Committee, MCHK), Dr. Chow Pak Chin (Chairman, Health Committee, MCHK), Dr. Cheung Hon Ming (Chairman, Licentiate Committee, MCHK), Dr. Homer Tso (Chairman, DCHK), Dr. Au Yeung Kim Hung, Nelson (Chairman, Preliminary Investigation Committee, DCHK), Dr. Raymond Lee (Chairman, Education and Accreditation Committee, DCHK), Dr. Sigmund Leung (Chairman, CPD Accreditation Committee, DCHK), Dr. Yiu Bun Ka (Chairman, Examination Committee, DCHK), Prof. Cheung Shun Pan, Gary (Board of Examiners, DCHK), Mr. Joseph Siu (Secretary, DCHK, Acting Secretary, MCHK).



Renovation Notice

Due to renovation, the Academy Lounge will be closed from June to August 2013, there will be no service during the period. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.



Seventh Endowed Professorship Inauguration Ceremony of the University of Hong Kong, 19 April 2013

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held its Seventh Inauguration of Endowed Professorships on April 19 2013. Prof. C S Lau, Academy’s Vice-President (Education & Examinations), received the honour as Daniel CK Yu Professor in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology. Prof. Lau has a particular research interest in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Endowed Professorships, the most significant award bestowed upon the University’s distinguished academics, are created to provide perpetual support to areas of academic excellence.



HKAM 20th Anniversary

The Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this 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 HKSAR Chief Executive, Mr. CY Leung, has accepted to be the Guest of Honour for the Opening. The scientific programme is being worked out and would be published in due course.

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



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



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.



The 26th Fellowship Conferment Ceremony
The 24th Dr. Sun Yat Sen Oration

Hong Kong College of Family Physicians

The College is holding "The 26th Fellowship Conferment Ceremony and the 24th Dr. Sun Yat Sen Oration" on 15th June 2013 (Saturday) at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building.

The successful candidates of Conjoint Examination would be conferred Fellowships, and the successful candidates of Diploma in Family Medicine and the Exit Examination would be granted certificates. In this very important occasion, Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, would deliver the 24th Dr. Sun Yat Sen Oration to the audience.

All College Fellows, members and their spouses are cordially invited to attend the Conferment Ceremony and the Oration. More details of the Conferment are available at the College website



Update Series on Child Health 2013, 29 June, 20 July, 27 July, 10 August 2013

The Hong Kong Paediatric Society and Hong Kong College of Paediatricians have jointly organised the Update Series on Child Health 2013 on 29 June, 20 July, 27 July and 10 August 2013 at School Hall, Jordan Valley St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Kowloon Bay. For enquiries or more details, please click on links below.



12th Edition of Journées Francophones d’Imagerie Médicale (JFIM), Hong Kong, 8-10 November 2013

The 12th Edition of Journées Francophones d’Imagerie Médicale (JFIM) will be held on 8-10 November 2013 at Kowloon Shangri-la, Hong Kong. Hong Kong College of Radiologists (HKCR) is honoured to co-organize this event with JFIM, under the aegis of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP) and the French Society of Radiology (SFR).

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: on or before 6 September 2013

Please click the following links for detailed information.

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



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 April 2013 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 Eyelid tumours and pseudotumours in Hong Kong: a ten-year experience 31 May 2013
Hong Kong Medical Journal Brugada syndrome 31 May 2013
Paediatricians Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Vol. 18 No.2 Apr 2013 15 Jul 2013
Pathologists Online CME/CPD for Self-Study 2013 (Anatomical Pathology) – EGFR mutation testing in lung cancer: a review of available methods and their use for analysis of tumour tissue and cytology samples 31 Aug 2013
Radiologists Quizzes from Hong Kong Journal of Radiology (HKJR) 15 Jun 2013
Radiologists HKCR Case of May 2013 31 May 2013

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)

9 May 2013

Critical appraisal of the Inclusive Education in Hong Kong - what have we achieved and how can we do better?

Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation

Supporting Organizations: Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association & Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Tel: 2578 3833
Fax: 2578 3929

28-31 Aug 2013

NESA Days 2013

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)
American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS)
Chinese Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery (CJMIS)
Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA)
International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)
International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ISGE)
New European Surgical Academy (NESA)
Robotic Assisted Microsurgical and Endoscopy Society (RAMSES)
Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT)

NESA members can use the following coupon code: MIS13NESA. The deadline for early bird registration discount ($80 discount) is 28 June 2013.


31 Aug - 01 Sep 2013

Closing date for application: 31 July 2013

Update on Diabetes Management

KK Leung Diabetes Centre, Queen Mary Hospital and the Research Centre of Heart, Brain, Hormone and Healthy Aging, The University of Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2559 9973 (Ms Gigi Wong, UDM 2013 Secretariat)
Fax: (852) 2547-9528

Sep 2013

Application deadline:

Full-Time Programmes
1st Round: 1 Feb 2013
Final Round: 15 Apr 2013

Part-Time Programmes
1st Round: 1 Mar 2013
Final Round: 31 May 2013

Taught Postgraduate Programmes September 2013 Intake

Information Session

  • 26 Jan 2013
  • 1 Mar 2013
  • 27 Mar 2013
  • 7 May 2013

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2252 8488
Fax: (852) 2145 7489
School Website:
Programmes Details:,en/

Sep 2013

Registration deadline: 30 Jun 2013

Master of Science in Mental Health Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health

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.