July 2013


Election of Council Members

The term of office of the 5 elected Council members will expire at the conclusion of this year's annual general meeting. Election process will start in July, and results will be announced at the AGM to be held in December 2013. Fellows will receive the nomination form shortly. Completed nomination form must reach the Academy office before 5 p.m. on 13 September 2013.



Admission of Fellows - 13 June 2013

A total of 131 new Fellows were admitted at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held on 13 June 2013.




HKMJ Readers Survey


We are conducting a Survey to help improve the Hong Kong Medical Journal. The survey will only take 5 to 8 minutes to complete.

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The closing date for completing the survey is 31 July 2013.

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CME/CPD Reminder

The current CME/CPD cycle for Academy Fellows will end on 31 December 2013. All Fellows who are on the Specialist Register (SR) of the Medical Council or Dental Council will need to fulfil the requirements of the Academy to remain on the SR. Fellows, except those exempted for CME/CPD due to retirement, are also required to fulfil the requirements to maintain the Academy Fellowship. Starting from 1 January 2008, no more than 75 points can be awarded for passive participation in a 3-year cycle. Fellows are reminded to make sure they will obtain the required number of CME/CPD points before the end of this year, and to catch up if the points they have obtained so far falls behind greatly of the requirements.



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 http://www.icmecpd.hk/whatsnew/FellowDocument/Reduced_Rate.pdf



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.



WONCA World Conference 2013

The 20th World Conference of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA ) was held in Prague on 25 - 29 June 2013. Dr. Donald Li was invited to attend the opening ceremony and conference in his capacity as President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. Dr. Li was also invited to a dinner hosted by the Czech Republic's Minister of Health, in honor of WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, who was keynote speaker and Guest of Honor of the conference.

During the preceding meetings of the WONCA World Council and World Executive Committee, Dr. Li was elected a Member-at-Large and Honorary Treasurer of the WONCA World Executive Committee. It was a competitive election with 7 candidates for 3 positions; Dr. Li won his post with high number of votes.



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.



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: http://www.hkam.org.hk/20anniv



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 http://www.smcm-ams.com/index.html.



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. The talks are held on 29 June, 20 July, 27 July and 10 August 2013 at the School Hall, Jordan Valley St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Kowloon Bay. For enquiries or more details, please click on links below.



Advanced Difficult Airway Management (ADAM-D) - Workshop for Doctors 2013, 13 July 2013 and 21 December 2013

The Institute of Clinical Simulation and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesthesiologists are jointly organising the Advanced Difficult Airway Management - Workshop for Doctors 2013, to be held on 13 July, 21 December 2013 at The Institute of Clinical Simulation, 3/F, North District Hospital. Application form can be downloaded from HKCA website: www.hkca.edu.hk. For enquiries, please contact ICS at 2683 8307.



Hong Kong College of Community Medicine

Hong Kong College of Community Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, 28 September 2013

Theme: Medical Leadership and Management - Global Outlook and Local Landscape
Date: 28 September 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Venue: Pao Yue Kong Auditorium, HKAM Jockey Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, HK

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Roger Boyd, Chair, Steering Committee, World Federation of Medical Managers
Prof John Clark, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund, U.K.

Registration is now open! Submission of abstracts for free paper presentation and poster presentation are also welcome!

Please visit the link below to view the program and download the registration form and abstract form: http://www.hkccm.org.hk/index.php?route=news/news/get_list&category_id=91



5th Joint Scientific Meeting of The Royal College of Radiologists & Hong Kong College of Radiologists and 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of HKCR, 2-3 November 2013

The Royal College of Radiologists and Hong Kong College of Radiologists will jointly organise the 5th Joint Scientific Meeting of The Royal College of Radiologists & Hong Kong College of Radiologists and 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of HKCR on 2-3 November 2013 (Saturday & Sunday) at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building.

Please click the following links for detailed information.

Please visit HKCR website for updated meeting programme and information: http://www.hkcr.org



9th Winfocus World Congress, 6-9 November 2013

The Winfocus and Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine will jointly organise the 9th Winfocus World Congress on Ultrasound in Emergency & Critical Care on 6-9 November 2013 at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

Please click the following links for detailed information.

Please refer to the website at www.winfocus.org/world/hongkong2013



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 http://www.jfim.fr or www.hkcr.org for updated meeting programme and information.



College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ophthalmological Symposium 2013, 14-15 December 2013

The Hong Kong Ophthalmological Symposium 2013 (ASM2013), organized by the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society, will be held from 14th -15th December 2013 at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for the meeting is "Cataract and Refractive Surgery". This will be a two-day comprehensive scientific programme covering advances in Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Professor José Luis Güell from Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain will be our Featured Speaker.

Please visit website at http://www.hkos.org.hk/asm.shtml for more details.



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 June 2013 issue is now available on the Journal's website <http://www.hkmj.org>. 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 Prevalence of abnormal Papanicolaou smears in female sex workers in Hong Kong 31 Jul 2013
Hong Kong Medical Journal Aspirin desensitisation for Chinese patients with coronary artery disease 31 Jul 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) 21 Aug 2013
Radiologists HKCR Case of July 2013 31 Jul 2013

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




Upcoming Conferences / Symposia / Courses

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

12 Jul 2013

Continuing Medical Education Programme

Theme: Health and Disorders in Newborns and Infants

The Hong Kong Paediatric Society

Tel: 2578 3833
Fax: 2578 3929
Email: mcl@medcom.com.hk

16 Jul 2013

Do Discrimination and Inequality exist in Child Health in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Paediatric Society / Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation

Tel: 2578 3833
Fax: 2578 3929
Email: mcl@medcom.com.hk

23 Jul 2013

Medical Teleconference Programme

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital & Stanford University School of Medicine


22-26 Jul 2013

Croucher Summer Course

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

Tel: +852 2252 8850
Fax: +852 2647 6547
Email: ccouc@cuhk.edu.hk
Website: http://ccouc.org/2013/03/12/croucher-summer-course/

31 Jul - 2 Aug 2013

HIMSS AsiaPac13 Greater China eHealth Forum

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Asia Pacific

Tel: +65 6664 1189
Fax: +65 6836 7728
Email: ahow@himss.org
Website: http://www.himssasiapac.org/13

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.

Website: https://www.sls.org/i4a/ams/publicLogin.cfm

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2013

Closing date for application: 31 Jul 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
Email: udm2013@icc.com.hk
Website: http://www.hku.hk/medicine/udm.htm

14-15 Nov 2013

20th Hong Kong International Cancer Congress

Theme: New Horizons in Cancer Care

Centre for Cancer Research and Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Website: http://www.hkicc.org
Email: HKICC13@hku.hk