September 2013


Election of Council Members

The term of office of the 3 Elected and 2 Co-opted Council Members will expire at the conclusion of this year's annual general meeting. The election process has started in July, and results will be announced at the AGM to be held in December 2013. Fellows should have received the nomination form earlier. Completed nomination form must reach the Academy office before 5 p.m. on 13 September 2013.



HKAM 20th Anniversary

The Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. A 20th Anniversary Congress will be held on 8-11 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:

Early bird registration deadline - 31 October 2013

Please download form from



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.



New CMECPD Guidelines

A revised set of CMECPD Guidelines has been approved and will become effective from the next cycle. Major changes are in Section 6, in which Fellows are strongly advised to maintain a balanced CMECPD profile with a mix of different activities, including 5 points in a cycle from activities in category 6.11 (Quality Assurance, Audits and Activities for Improvement of Patient/Medical Care) in order to capture the full benefit of different types of CMECPD activities. Fellows can download the new guidelines from the following link.



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



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

Criteria for Submission
Papers could be submitted in any of the following formats:

  1. paper for presentation in a conference (not previously presented at a conference)
  2. paper for publication in medical/scientific journals (papers submitted should be original manuscripts and not previously published)
  3. essay or a review article (not previously published)
  4. original research (original research should have been approved by an institutional ethics committee where appropriate). The Panel of Judges reserves the right to reject any application on grounds that the research was unethical.

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 deadline has been extended to 15 October 2013.
Please obtain details from or press HERE.



Overseas Meetings

The Academy President Dr. Donald Li led a delegation to Singapore to attend the 2nd AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress cum 47th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine from 22 to 24 August 2013. Members of the delegation included College Presidents Dr. Chow Yu-fat (HKCA), Dr. Mak Sin-ping (HKCCM), Prof. Edward Lo (CDSHK), Dr. Ho Hiu-fai (HKCEM), Dr. Ares Leung (HKCOG), Dr. Chow Pak-chin (COHKP), Dr. Wong Sik-nin (HKCPaed), Dr. Michael Suen (HKCPath), Dr. Patrick Li (HKCP), Dr. Law Chun-key (HKCR), Dr. Luk Hung-to (CSHK), as well as the Academy’s Past President Prof. Grace Tang, Vice-President (General Affairs) Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Honorary Secretary Dr. Lau Chor-chiu and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Elmer Wan.

Dr. Donald Li gave a talk about multiple co-morbidities in Hong Kong besides making welcoming speeches at the Opening Ceremony and the Singapore Academy’s conferment ceremony. A number of HKAM Fellows were also nominated by their respective College as speakers at the Congress: Dr. Edmond Pow (CDSHK), Prof. Leung Tak Yeung (HKCOG), Prof. NG Pak Cheung (HKCPaed), Dr. NG Wai Man (HKCR), and Dr Albert CHAN (CSHK). A joint meeting of the 3 academies’ councils was later held.

During the 2-day stay in Singapore, some delegates joined the Academy’s representatives to visit 4 simulation training centres: Singapore General Hospital’s Institute for Medical Simulation, National University of Singapore’s Centre for Healthcare Simulation, Singapore Armed Forces’ Medical Simulation Training Centre, and the National Healthcare Group’s Simulation and Integrated Medical Advancement Centre.



Visits by Overseas Guests

The President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG), Dr. Frank Dunn, visited Hong Kong in late August and took the chance to meet with their Fellows in Hong Kong. A reception hosted by the Royal College, followed by a dinner gathering hosted by the Academy in honour of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Dunn, were arranged on 28 August 2013. Guests included presidents and past presidents of the Colleges of Physicians (HKCP) and Surgeons (CSHK) such as Prof. Richard Yu, Prof. TK Chan, Prof. K.N. Lai, and Dr. Patrick Li, from HKCP, Prof. Arthur Li, Dr. H.T. Luk from CSHK. The Academy’s President Dr. Donald Li, Vice-President (GA) Prof. T.F. Fok, and Honorary Secretary Dr. C.C. Lau also attended.



Expert Witness Training Course

The Academy of Experts (AoE) will run several Expert Witness Training Courses in Hong Kong in November 2013. The HKAM Council has agreed to be supporting organization for this course. HKAM fellows will enjoy AoE member rates. Interested Fellows can download the Course Information and Registration Form here.

All registration should be sent directly to the organiser at fax: 3010 1269 (HK number). For enquiry, please email directly to the Academy of Experts at



Renovation Notice

Renovation work at the Academy Lounge on 3/F is still in progress and should be completed by late September 2013. Service should resume in October. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.



Academy office to close earlier at Mid-Autumn Festival

Please note that the HKAM Secretariat will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on 19 September 2013. (Facilities at the Academy building, except those that are under renovation, will remain open as usual.) We apologize for any inconvenience caused and wish all Fellows a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.



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: 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:



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:



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



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.



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 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:



2nd Issue of eHealth News "Applying eHealth Technology"

The Government is preparing for the launch of the territory-wide eHR Sharing System by end 2014. The eHealth News is published to help people understand better the latest eHR development. The second issue of eHealth News《醫健通訊》has been published and is available at the Electronic Health Record (eHR) Office website:




Hong Kong Medical Journal August 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

Impact of magnetic resonance imaging on preoperative planning for breast cancer surgery

30 Sep 2013
Hong Kong Medical Journal Clinical profile of patients with undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus infection presenting to a local emergency department: a pilot study 30 Sep 2013
Pathologists Online CME/CPD for Self-Study 2013 (Forensic Pathology) - Quiz 1 (Biochemical markers of fatal hypothermia) 31 Dec 2013
Pathologists Online CME/CPD for Self-Study 2013 (Forensic Pathology) - Quiz 2 (Renal Cortical Pallor-A Useful Macroscopic Marker for Metabolic Derangements at Autopsy) 31 Dec 2013
Paediatricians Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Vol. 18 No.3 Jul 2013 15 Oct 2013
Radiologists HKCR Case of September 2013 30 Sep 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)

07-08 Sep 2013

MPS-HKMA Medical Expert Training


The Hong Kong Medical Association and Medical Protection Society

HKMA Secretariat
Tel: 2527 8452

10 Sep 2013

Professional Forum on Child Health: Media and Child Health in the 21st Century

The Hong Kong Paediatric Society / Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation

HKPS Secretariat
Tel: 2578 3833
Fax: 2578 3929

17 Sep 2013

Medical Teleconference Programme

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital & Stanford University School of Medicine


05-07 Oct 2013

1st Asian Paediatric Respirology Forum & 16th HKSPR Annual Scientific Meeting (05-06 Oct 2013)

Post-ASM Workshop - Paediatric Home Non-invasive Ventilation Workshop (07 Oct 2013)

The Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Respirology


18 Oct 2013

Distinguished Lecture on Slaying the Hydra: Liver Cancer Beyond the Scalpel

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



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


06-07 Dec 2013

The deadline for abstract submission is 30 Sep 2013

2013 Frontiers in Medical and Health Sciences Education Conference

Theme: From Classroom to Clinic: Opportunities and Challenges in e-Learning

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Please submit your abstract online through the Conference website at

For registration procedures and details of the Conference, please visit website at


13-14 Dec 2013

Registration deadline: 29 Nov 2013

Frontiers in Biomedical Research, HKU 2013

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

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;