Volume 31 Number 1

Volume 31 Number 1

Formation of Perioperative Medicine Committee

Perioperative medicine is an emerging field within our specialty globally, and has become increasingly important in our day-to-day management of patients — widely expanding our engagement with patient care in the perioperative period. There is increasing evidence that perioperative medicine pathways and interventions improve outcomes for surgical patients. With the aim of keeping our practice on par with internationally acclaimed counterparts, the HKCA has formed a Perioperative Medicine Committee. More details will be announced soon.
A survey was conducted in August 2020 to identify the current perioperative medicine landscape in Hong Kong, the understanding of perioperative medicine and the perceived role of anaesthesiologists. Majority of the responses show strong interests and believe that the College should take the lead or a collaborative role in developing the field of perioperative medicine. The development should also come along with corresponding support and changes in our training curriculum. The survey results can be found here.


To help fellows getting the information of CME activities readily available at your fingertips, a Google calendar for CME activities has been created. Starting from 2021, CME activities with registration details and CME points can be found in this calendar. The following are the instructions of adding the CME activities calendar to your Google calendar.

  1. On your desktop/laptop (it cannot be done on mobile phone), open a browser and go to www.google.com/calendar.
  2. Find the “Add Calendar” section to the left of the screen. Tap on the plus and select “From URL” from the options provided. The following is the URL of CME activities calendar.
    https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/8c2k92t9quon5tkt2dvchloahg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics After you have added the CME activities calendar to your Google calendar, you can hide it from your calendar at any time if you find it overwhelming. Events that you have registered could be easily copied to your personal Google calendar.

Although vaccination programme has been started, perhaps it is just the end of the beginning. It is expected that getting active CME points would still be difficult, and hence the CMECPE Subcommittee intended provide another 10 CME quizzes by mid-2021. However, this intention could not be achieved without the contributions from HKCA fellows. If any fellows who are interested in developing the online CME quizzes, please contact the College at cmecpd@hkca.edu.hk. 3 active CME points (Development of CME/CPD Materials) would be awarded by setting an online quiz with 10 MCQs. If fellows have questions, concerns or feedback, please contact the CME/CPD Subcommittee at cmecpd@hkca.edu.hk.

Trainee committee website is launched!

The Trainee Committee would like to share with you the launch of their trainee committee website . There are training resources recommendations by the Committee for the stage of beginning of training and examinations. There is a journal club section sharing some of their recommended literatures and readings, as well as a number of suggested courses and conferences which trainees can attend to enrich the training. A login would be required to navigate the website except for the homepage. A universal login for all trainees will be provided. The Committee hope trainees can find the website useful!

The College would like to appreciate and thank the current and the immediate past Trainee Committee members for their effort in building the website.

Workplace-based Assessment (WBA) Champions

The new anaesthesia training curriculum, started since July 2018, has been implemented successfully and smoothly, due to professional and dedicated contributions from fellows throughout various hospitals. The successful outcome of WBAs depends very much on the collaboration with all specialist trainers and their interactions with trainees, and the Board of Education would like to extend their gratitude to all.

In particular, the following fellows have been particularly avid in providing feedback to trainees via the WBA framework, and we would like to extend our appreciation to their unwavering dedication to educating our trainees!

  • Dr Chan, Albert Kam Ming
  • Dr Chan, Lok Hang
  • Dr Chu, Ming Chi
  • Dr Lai, Wing Yee Winnie
  • Dr Ng, Yik Jin Amelia
  • Dr Poon, Kam Sheun Kammy
  • Dr So, Ching Vincent
  • Dr Tsui, Ka Ho Antony
  • Dr Wong, Donovan
  • Dr Wong, Rosinni Si-Ling

International COVID-19 Conference

The International COVID-19 Conference will be held virtually on the 15-17 June 2021. The conference will be co-badged with the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Anaestheologists of Ireland (CIA) and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (HKCA).

Prof Chi-wai Cheung, the President of HKCA and Dr Stanley Wong have been nominated to join the Scientific Programme Committee. Together with the other international committee members, they will design a virtual global conference that will share vital lessons learned and help clinicians better prepare for coronavirus or similar future respiratory pandemic. More information will be available soon.

Diary from Hong Kong

Diary from Hong Kongby Dr John Low was printed in The International Anaesthetist published by Royal College of Anaesthetists. Dr Low shared a brief glimpse of the situation of the COVID-19 in Hong Kong, and how the healthcare workers and HKCA cope with the challenges.