Volume 31 Number 3

Volume 31 Number 3

Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaesthesiology 2021

The Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaesthesiology 2021 (ASM 2021) is going to be the most important knowledge exchanging platforms for anaesthetists, intensivists and perioperative physicians in Hong Kong. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Overcoming the Risks”. As a perioperative physician or a healthcare provider amidst the pandemic, the word “risk” encompasses diverse meanings to each of us. We will gather experts from the local community and across the globe to share with you on how to stratify and mitigate the risks in different settings. We hope to overcome the barriers of physical distancing and reconnect with you through live discussions and recorded lectures from local and global experts.

This year’s programme includes Symposia on Perioperative Medicine, Pain, Neuroscience, Regional, Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Medicolegal, ICU and Education as well as a series of interactive workshops. Please visit our meeting website at http://www.anaesthesiology.hk for more information.

Submit Abstracts and Register NOW! 

Deadline for Abstract Submission:            20th September 2021

Deadline for Early-Bird Registration:         20th October 2021

HKCA CME points: 7 points (ANA passive) per day

For enquiry, please contact the ASM 2021 Meeting Secretariat at (852) 2559 9973 or via email to asmhk@icc.com.hk.

2021 FPM ANZCA & HKCA Virtual Spring Meeting

The 2021 Combined Spring Meeting – “Moving with pain”, jointly organised by the Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, will be held virtually on Saturday 16th October 2021.

You’ll hear from experts in sports medicine, complementary evidence-based treatments, moving through the ages and being ‘fit for surgery, fit for life’. Plus an open forum discussion on pain advocacy with our panel of professionals from Scotland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.  For more information, please visit the meeting webpage

For members of the HKCA and non-members of FPM and ANZCA, please fill in the downloadable PDF registration form here and return to ANZCA Events team for processing.

Attend in real time to take part in interactive live Q&A panels and get your questions answered. What does your registration give you?

  • Access to the live Q&A panels.
  • Access to the meeting content for 12 months post the meeting.
  • HKCA CME points: 4.5 (Passive) points (Attendance of over 50% of total duration of the event is required in order to be awarded the CME points.)

Surveys on Fellows’ and Trainees’ Wellbeing

The College has noticed that an increase in workload and stress amongst fellows and trainees has led to a significant impact on our well-being, on both a personal and professional level. The college has thus established a Welfare Workgroup, with the aim of:

  • identifying such issues amongst our fellows and trainees, as well as to provide a platform for promoting psychological wellbeing and
  • increasing awareness of wellbeing issues within the college, including areas where bullying or harassment may be of concern.

To increase the awareness of workplace welling, and to promote personal and psychological wellbeing, a survey focusing on members’ well-being and welfare was conducted by the HKCA Welfare Workgroup in collaboration with the Trainee Committee in June 2021. Bullying and harassment were identified as uncommon but significant issues to our fellows and trainees. The results of the survey were reported to the Council and Board of Education. The Welfare Workgroup will further work on the appropriate level of support to our fellows and trainees.

New Website

The new website of the College was launched on 7th July 2021 after years of preparation, and has undergone a major review and revamp by IT Committee under the leadership of Dr Albert Chan. 

In order to blend in the abbreviation of the College and the new design of the website, a modern logo has been created — while the traditional badge remains as the College’s official logo for formal occasions, and as the seal for the College. (For details about the meaning of the new logo — please go to “about HKCA -> HKCA logo”.)

To help fellows receive information of CME activities more readily at your fingertips, a Google calendar for CME activities has been incorporated into the website and can be found here under “CME and CPD Programme”.

Please do understand that the website will be undergoing constant improvement to meet the needs of our fellows and members — teething problems will undoubtedly be encountered when launching our new website and we will make necessary updates and changes based on the valuable feedback received. If you wish to share ideas and feedbacks on the new website, please email to office@hkca.edu.hk.


The hybrid Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday 17th August 2021. The President presented the report of the Council and the Honorary Treasurer presented the report of the auditor. The subscription fees for 2022 remain unchanged.

The members of the council (2021-2013) were endorsed at the AGM and the officers were elected at the council meeting following the AGM. The HKCA Council extended a very hearty vote of thanks to all the retired members of the Council – Prof Joseph Lui, Dr Anne Leung, Prof Michael Irwin, Dr Siu-keung Ng and Dr Steven Wong.

Workplace Based Assessment Train-the-Trainer (WBA TTT) Workshop

The Workplace-based Assessment (WBA) Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Workshop has been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Recognising the need to continually enhance the capacity of fellows to provide WBAs for trainees, an online version of WBA TTT Workshop was successfully held on 19th June 2021 at Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovation Learning Centre for Medicine of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.  Virtual lectures with immersive simulations were conducted to facilitate the development and implementation of the competency-based curriculum, and the workshop was well received by the participants.

Intensive Care Workplace-based Assessment Trainer Course

Board of Intensive Care Medicine of the College, Board of Critical Care Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Physicians and the Hong Kong Society of Critical Care Medicine jointly organised a Workplace-based Assessment Trainer Course on 17th July 2021 so as to prepare their trainers for the future competency-based syllabus. 

Sedation Course with HK College of Psychiatrists

The Clinical Simulation Committee of the College collaborated with the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine to conduct a simulation course on Enhancing Safely in Patients requiring Sedation or Rapid Tranquilisation on 13th May 2021. The College is grateful for the the time and effort from the instructors including Dr Albert Chan, Dr Benny Cheng and Dr Tanya Yau.

HKAM Medical Education Conference 2021

HKCA has been at the forefront of competency-based training curriculum among the speciality colleges in Hong Kong. Dr HY So, Dr Albert Chan, Dr Henry Wong and Dr Benny Cheng were invited to give talks on the following session at the HKAM Medical Education Conference 2021 – “E-learning and Assessment in the New Normal” on 22nd May 2021.

  • Workplace-based Assessment Symposium
  • OSCE Standard Setting Workshop

The College appreciates their time and effort in sharing their insights.

Deep Breaths

There is a Podcast called “Deep Breaths” which is hosted by two young fellows from ANZCA according to the article which was published in ANZCA Bulletin (Autumn 2021). They have episodes on a variety of topics: from episodes with education values like postoperative delirium, guidelines on best practices in anaesthesia, OSA, neuromuscular monitoring, anaphylaxis…, to practical tips on preparing for final exams, and interviews with ANZCA examiners. You can listen online using your Podcast app or download the episodes to your mobile device. They are going into Seasons 3 and it’s totally free!