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December 2017

Signing of MoU with ANZCA

The HKCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) on 11 September 2017 in Hong Kong. The areas of collaboration include the education, examinatio, research and scientific meeting.



Message from Chair of ASM 2017 Organising Committee

I tagged along with other trainees to my first Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaesthesiology (ASM) 10 years ago at the beginning of my training, we together attended a comprehensive programme, visited health care industry expo and astonished at seeing a variety of airway gadgets- which were new at that time- in the airway workshop. That weekend was filled with excitement and discovery- still very much one of my happiest moment in anaesthesiology.
I was so delighted when I received the invitation to join as chairperson of organizing committee of ASM 2017. I kick started preparatory work right after my postpartum confinement. I received overwhelming support and trust from my organizing committee with members coming from all over Hong Kong and advisors who rallied to help out and gave this new mom a chance to restrike a balance between work and family life.
ASM 2017 was our first collaboration with ASCA and we have extended our meeting to a 3 full day programme. Surely that implied the “getting started” was more challenging than we thought. Yet when we knew that our participants were captivated by our new ideas like incorporating wet dissection in echo training and using cooking to illustrate anaesthesia, we felt it worth all the effort.
“Nothing to fear, now that we’re here, we anaesthetize and keep you alive”- taken from “We’ll Keep You Alive” performed by The Vocal Chords- our choir established for ASM 2017. We determined to bring music to you as we believed we could live out our lives Beyond The Theatre. We didn’t expect much at the beginning yet it turned out to be an exceptional experience. We shared friendship, laughers and joy. We hope our music touches your hearts too. The video and the lyrics have been post on College’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HKCollegeOfAnaesthesiologists/.
Thank you again to the advisors, organizing committee and faculty of ASM 2017, Presidents and Council Members of The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists and The Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong and the Simulation & Training Centre for making this so memorable. I am always grateful that we have each other in this journey. Preparing ASM 2017 is indeed a physical and emotional experience that’s sometimes exhausting but always exhilarating. May the next year give us just as much to be thankful for.
Cindy Tsui
Chair, ASM 2017 Organising Committee



ASM 2017 - Photo Contest

The photo contest has become one of the highlights of the ASM since the last ASM. This year, overwhelming yet good quality photos were received not only from local participants but also from overseas. To align with the theme of ASM - “Beyond the threatre”, a category of “Show us your best shot” was added.


More photos of ASM 2017 can be found on HKCA website – Members' Area.


Updates on new HKCA Curriculum

The Forum on HKCA new curriculum was held on 19 November 2017 at the ASM. Dr Desmond Lam presented the HKCA new curriculum and highlighted the major changes. Dr Dione Szeto summarised the Workplace Based Assessments (WBA) that would be introduced in the new curriculum. Dr Yau-wai Chan presented focused transthoracic Echocardiography(FTTE) training curriculum which is newly introduced to the curriculum. The new curriculum is being finalised and in its final stage, it is planned to be implemented in July 2018.




Regulations for observers attending HKCA council meetings

To increase the transparency in Council’s operation, Council decided that the council meetings would be opened to all fellows and members for attending the council meetings as observers. The followings are the regulations for observers attending the council meetings. The minutes of the meetings and meeting documents would not be sent to the observers due to the confidentiality. The followings are the regulations for observers attending the council meetings. The minutes of the meetings and meeting documents would not be sent to the observers due to the confidentiality.
1. Quota of 5 for both fellows and members in each council meeting. Places will be drawn if oversubscribed.
2. An additional place is reserved for Representative from Trainee Committee.
3. In attendance at council meeting is open for registration around 1.5 months before the scheduled council meeting.
4. To register, fellows and members are required to email the College and the deadline for registration is two weeks before the council meeting.
5. Fellows and members will be in attendance only, without any participation in the discussion. The Council reserves the right to take whatever action necessary if they have violated this rule.
6. Council reserves the right to discuss certain agenda item(s) without the presence of the observers if the matter(s) going to be discussed is (are) of confidential in nature and fellows and members cannot challenge the decision of the Council.
7. No CME/CPD points would be accredited.



Train-the-trainer Workshop

The two Train-the-trainers Workshops were successfully held on 13-14 and 16 October 2017 despite the unexpected typhoon hitting Hong Kong on 15 October 2017. The faculties from The Royal College of Anaesthetists shared their insight and experience of workplace base assessment with the participants. Eight trainees attended the Workshop and their participation made the workshop more interactive and fruitful.



Expert Witness

The College has been approached occasionally by Medical Council and legal firms for assistance in identifying Fellows who could be expert witness. Hence, the Council has decided to compile a List of Expert Witness. It will be made available to the enquirers upon formal request. Fellows who wish to enlist in the List, please send an email to Ms Kristy Cheung at kristy@hkca.edu.hk and state the area of special interest (if any). The role of the College is coordinator, the Fellows selected to assist in particular cases would be contacted directly by the parties concerned. The College will not be involved in any of those cases.




HKAM Young Fellow Chapter

A Young Fellow Chapter was established by HKAM in July 2017 which comprised of representatives from 15 specialty Colleges. Dr Henry Wong was nominated as the representative for HKCA. As with our own College Trainee Committee, HKAM aims to promote young generation engagement and involvement in the Academy, as well as forming a platform for communication between young fellows and Academy Council. For more detailed information, please click here.





New administrative charge for underpaid mails

The College has received a number of notification cards for paying surcharge and collection of underpaid mails from the Hongkong Post. These underpaid mails are required to be collected at a designated post office. To avoid any mail delay, the College would like to remind the fellows and members that the mail items should bear sufficient postage by weight and should have the return address. At the same time, the Council has decided to impose an administrative charge of $100 for collecting the underpaid mails in order to cover the travel expenses, labour cost and the deficient postage amount.



International Symposium on Spine and Paravertebral Sonography for Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine 2018

The Symposium will be held from 26 to 28 January 2018 at Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Shatin, Hong Kong and it is organized by the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This will be the ninth event since its inception in 2009. Today the issps has established itself as a forum for clinicians to share experience and advance their knowledge in the use of ultrasound for central neuraxial and paravertebral interventions in anaesthesia and pain medicine. Like in previous years the scientific committee has put together a thought provoking scientific program in which opinion leaders and renowned experts from around the world and locally will discuss the most updated information on this state of the art field of anaesthesia and pain medicine, and beyond.
For further details, please visit http://www.usgraweb.hk/issps2018/index.htm.






NTEC Simulation and Training Centre

The NTEC Simulation and Training Centre courses scheduled for 2018 can be found here.



The certificates of the following fellows have not been collected yet. To collect your certificate, please go to the College's Office during office hour.

Chan, Shing Chau, Ng Nga Lai Alice, Lau Kai Chiu, Li Ho Yin Adrian, Wai Ka Ming



Yuen, Henry Jeffrey

Mak Ho Kwong Peter



Link to previous TUOHY