NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1997

1. MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
2. THE NEW COUNCIL
3. THE CONFERENCE GRANT AND RESEARCH GRANT
4. INTERNET HOMEPAGE FOR THE SOCIETY
5. 1997 CERTIFICATE COURSE
6. THE ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING (1997)



MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

This is the first issue of Newsletter for the new Council after its election at the Annual General Meeting held in June this year.

Following the success of the inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting last year. Your Society is going to hold a second ASM jointly with Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists in this coming December again. Similar to last year, distinguished overseas speakers and local speakers will be invited to contribute to the meeting. Prof. Garry Phillips and Dr. Peter Kam have agreed to talk in the meeting. Members are encouraged to support this annual event either actively by contribution of abstract and paper presentation to the Meeting or passively by participation in the Meeting. Apart from providing an opportunity for Fellows to gain credit points for CME purpose, one of the major aims of this Meeting is to help members update their knowledge and share their experience with the experts.

The "1997 Certificate Course for Anaesthetic Nursing" which has been organized by the Society the second year was completed satisfactorily. All, except two candidates passed the examination with two students achieved a level of distinction. A graduation ceremony and prize presentation was organized to acknowledge their success last month.

The Glaxo-Wellcome Continuing Education Scholarship which is the last of the kind in this third consecutive year has been awarded to Dr. Eric Yip of Princess Margaret Hospital (Scholarship I) for training in TEE and Dr. Anne Kwan of United Christian Hospital (Scholarship II) for diploma course in acupuncture. Glaxo-Wellcome has indicated that she is always prepared to support the anaesthetic profession in training and research in the future, your Society will pursue in the matter.

Recently, discussion on the value of continued survival of the Society has come up again. As the College takes up more and more academic and professional obligations, financial problem has become a major concern in these few years. It has been argued that both the College and Society organize activities which may compete for the limited manpower and financial resources. Despite the fact that the College has taken up the ex-academic duties of the Society, I do believe that the Society do have distinctive roles, which cannot be served by the College. This issue will be looked into in the coming council meeting.

Creation of Society internet homepage under Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong has been under way and we hope that it can be completed by the end of this year. Please watch out for our announcement.


With Best Wishes,
Dr. C. K. Chan
President, SAHK
20th September 1997

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THE NEW COUNCIL

The Annual General Meeting of the SAHK was held on 16 June 1997, in the Omni, The Hong Kong Hotel, with 24 members present. The new Office-bearers of the society are:

President Dr. Chan Chi Keung
Vice-President Dr. Joseph Lui
Hon. Secretary Dr. Chow Yu Fat
Hon. Treasurer Dr. Ng Kwok Fu
Asst. Secretary Dr. Sze Tak Suen
Asst.Treasurer Dr. Chan Wing Sang
Council Member Dr. Fung Chiu Fai, Peter
Dr. Chan Tsz Yeung
Dr. Cynthia Wong
Dr. Tommy Suen
Dr. Ho Kin Ming
Dr. Steven Wong
Dr. Chen P.P

Please be reminded that our correspondence address is changed to

Anaesthetic Department
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Wylie Road, Kowloon.

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THE CONFERENCE GRANT AND RESEARCH GRANT

Last year, the Society has offered 4 conference grants to the following members:



This year the Society will continue to offer research and conference grants to her members, with a deadline on 31 December 1997. For those who are interested, please fill in the application form enclosed, and send back to the Convenor, Dr. Chow, Yu Fat, c/o Anaesthetic Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Wylie Road, Kowloon.

Selection criteria for the conference grant are as followings:



Applicants must be Ordinary Members of the SAHK for 2 consecutive years immediately prior to the application as well as during the time when attending conference. Successful applicants will be subjected to a 3 years exemption period of future conference grant.

For the research grant, please contact Dr. Y.F. Chow for further details.

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INTERNET HOMEPAGE FOR THE SOCIETY OF ANAESTHETISTS OF HONG KONG

There has been scanty communication channel between the Council and the our members. With the evolution of computer network - Internet, a new communication media become available. The Council is now working on the development of a homepage for the Society. When our homepage is ready, the communication with our members and the public will be greatly enhanced.

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1997 CERTIFICATE COURSE FOR ANAESTHETIC NURSING

With the hardwork from Dr. T.Y. Chan, the Certificate Course for Anaesthetic Nursing 1997 was proved to be another successful course. A formal graduation ceremony was held on 16 August in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The ceremony was chaired by Dr. C.K. Chan, and Dr. Amy Lam was invited to present the certificates and distinction prizes. There were 41 nurses attended the coursed, 2 got distinction, and 2 failed in the examination.

The Council would like to review the frequency of this course, as the response among the nurses were very rewarding.

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THE ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING IN ANAESTHESIOLOGY 1997

The Annual Scientific Meeting 1997 will be held on the 6th and 7th of December 1997 at the Hong Kong Hotel. Prof. Garry Phillips and Dr. Peter Kam are invited to be the overseas guests. Two workshops will be held before the ASM, they are the TIVA workshop and the workshop on information technology in Anaesthesia.

Please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information:

Conference Secretariat
Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaesthesiology 1997
The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong
4/F, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building
15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel : 25278898 Fax: 28667530



N.B. Paricipants will be accredited the following CME points:

Workshop ASM
ANZCA 10 30
HKCA 2.5 10

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