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May 2010



First Issue of Tuohy

The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists is happy to announce the launch of an electronic bulletin - Touhy. To establish a closer contact to our fellows and members, Tuohy will be sent to you via email quarterly to update you on college’s recent news.




Newspaper Column Writing for Academy's Health Education Series

In collaboration with Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, a series of articles regarding anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine are published in a free newspaper AM730 every Thursday. The College would like to special thank the fellows below for their contribution to this collaboration. You can also check the college’s website for the previous articles.


Publication Date
1 Apr 2010
Blood transfusion
Dr John Liu, COS, Dept of Anaesthesia, KWH
8 Apr 2010
Anaesthesia Risks
Dr Libby Lee, HAHO
15 Apr 2010
Postoperative Pain Management
Dr Simon Chan, Dept of Anaesthesia, PWH
22 Apr 2010
Professor Mike Irwin, HKU/QMH
29 Apr 2010
Dr PP Chen, COS, Dept of Anaesthesia, NDH
6 May 2010
Labour Analgesia
Dr Rita So, Dept of Anaesthesia, PWH
13 May 2010
Pain medicine
Dr Steven Wong, Dept of Anaesthesia, QEH
20 May 2010
Intensive Care Medicine

Annual General Meeting

This year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 14 June 2010 (Monday) at Ballroom, 3/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers. Co-organized by The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists and Hong Kong Society of Critical Care Medicine Limited, evening symposium on Pain Management and ICU Sedation will be held after the AGM. The details of the evening symposium together with the minutes of 20th AGM, financial statements and treasurer report have been sent to all fellows and members by post.


Twenty-First Annual General Meeting and Evening Symposium

Financial Statement and Treasurer's Report 2009 (You are required to log on Members' Area of the College's website to view the documents.)


Message from the Chairman Organizing Committee ASM2010

Save your date - 20-21 November 2010, and warm welcome to our Annual Scientific Meeting 2010 Hong Kong, with a theme on "Surviving Catastrophes"!
For the practicing anaesthetists, bad days are not uncommon. Crises do occur, which often turn our clinical practice from "hours of boredom" into "moments of terror. Depending on our performance, crises may turn into real catastrophes. For patients and us anaesthetists to survive, sound medical knowledge and a repertoire of technical and non-technical skills are essential. We learnt all these during our years of training, but they have to be constantly updated and revised. Touchwood, a case of "can’t intubate, can’t ventilate" or "patients exanguinating to death" may happen in our career one day.
For the above reasons, in the coming meeting we will focus on trauma care, resuscitation, crises management, and complications in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine. We have assembled a distinguished faculty, to provide a series of lectures, workshops and problem-based learning sessions, to update colleagues on recent developments in these areas. I am sure it will be an interesting learning experience, and you will find the proceedings in the days to be enriching and inspirational.

For more updates of our program and registration, please visit our website at http://www.anaesthesiology.hk/
Love to see you in our meeting,
Desmond Lam
Chairperson, Organizing Committee ASM 2010



Updates on Combined Scientific Meeting 2011

The Combined Scientific Meeting 2011 (CSM 2011), which is jointly organized by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, will be held on 14 - 17 May 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The cutting edge and refresher lectures in a wide range of topics in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care as well as practical workshops and problem-based learning discussions are planned. For more details, please visit www.csm2011.com



Combine Colleges Course (ICM)

The Combine Colleges Course is formed under the collaboration of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (IC), Critical Care Medicine (CCM) of Hong Kong College of Physician and the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM). The aim of this course is to provide a formal structured training to the intensive care trainees of these three colleges.


With the help of over 30 tutors from 8 hospitals; namely CMC, NDH, PMH/YCH, PWH, PYNEH, QEH, QMH and TMH, we have devised a two-year training program. It consists of a mixture of core ICU topics; the bi-monthly CCM inter-hospital Grand Round; bedside teaching, viva and laboratory investigations for those candidates preparing for the HKCA or CICM final examination. 


The schedule time of the tutorial is every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. For the CCM inter-hospital Grand Round, it will be held on the second last Tue of the odd month. Starting from 2010, all the lectures will be delivered either at PWH (3HK ICU) or QEH (D6 ICU). The exception will be bedside teaching or X-ray interpretation; at which the trainees will go to the hospital of the corresponding tutors. Over the stretch of a whole year, there is bound to have some amendment of the program. You are highly advised to check the most updated program on the following website before you go for tutorial. These two website are:


1.             HKCA website or

2.             HKSCCM website



Refresher Course 2010 (Diploma in Pain Management)
The refresher course for the Diploma in Pain Medicine will be held on the 14-18 June 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kowloon. There will be lectures, written and viva practise to prepare the trainees for the examination. Enquiries to Dr. MC Chu at chu0079@cuhk.edu.hk please.


Revision Tutorial Course in Basic Sciences in Anaesthesiology

The upcoming Revision Tutorial Course in Basic Sciences in Anaesthesiology will be held on 8-18 November 2010 (no class on 14 November 2010). The details will be announced on college’s website.



Revision Tutorial Course in Clinical Anaesthesiology

The upcoming Revision Tutorial Course in Clinical Anaesthesiology will be held on 19-27 November 2010 (no class on 20-21 November 2010). The details will be announced on college’s website.