Message from the President

This is the first Newsletter for the new millennium and the Year of the Dragon. On behalf of the Council, I would like to wish you all a successful and fruitful new year.

The Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting jointly organized by The Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong and Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists in November last year was highly successful and praised by many participants. More than 250 delegates registered for the Meeting. While the anaesthesia simulator session, difficult airway workshop and refresher courses were well attended, the mock trial and debate session attracted an exceptionally good response. The credit certainly goes to Dr. P.P. Chen, Chairman of the 1999ASM, and his Organizing Committee for their dedication and effort in organizing this excellent Meeting. At the HKCA Congregation Dinner during this Meeting, the Society officially presented two cheques of HK$100,000 each to the College to sponsor her 10th Anniversary activities and to support the College in promoting educational activities and standards of anaesthesia in Hong Kong.

The groundwork for ASM2000 under the chairmanship of Dr. Y. F. Chow is already underway. Members are welcome to express their ideas to help organise a more attractive meeting. Meeting abstracts are now called for and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 30/6/2000. According to the agreement between the Society and the College, year 2000 will be the last year for this joint annual event. The annual meeting in year 2001 shall be a conjoint function between HKCA and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

The annual subscription has been revised this year. The new subscription would be HK$150 for full members and HK$75 for associate members (mainly nurses). Anaesthetic trainees shall continue to enjoy waiving of subscription in the first year and a half fee of HK$75 for subsequent years. We hope that the new arrangement would help to boost up our membership, especially from trainees and nurses.

The SAHK Research and Conference Grant for the year 1999/2000 is now open for application. Members, in particular trainees, are encouraged to apply for the sponsorship for educational purposes. The "Certificate Course for Anaesthetic Nursing" is now in its fifth year. It is anticipated that this course will, as in previous years, attract a good response from nurses. Feedback from nurses who had attended the course before has been very encouraging and our efforts in upgrading the nursing standard in anaesthesia are very much appreciated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our anaesthetic colleagues who have supported this course in the past years.

I am pleased to inform members that the Society will organize another guided tour to the medical gas manufacturing plant of Hong Kong Oxygen & Acetylene Co. this year. We shall visit the gas production as well as the cylinder filling plant sites at Tai Po and Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estates. The tentative date will be on 20th of May 2000. It would be an invaluable experience for the anaesthesiologists and nurses to witness the process of medical gas production, filling and storage. Quota will be limited to 25. Please contact our Hon. Secretary, Dr. Tommy Suen of United Christian Hospital for details and prior registration.

Happy Millennium Year and Best Wishes,

Dr. C.K. Chan
President, SAHK
February 2000

Message from the Chairman of 1999 ASM organizing committee
Dr. P.P. Chen

The joint SAHK/HKCA ASM 1999 was held over two and a half day at the Sheraton Hong Kong & Towers Hotel. Over 250 participants from twelve countries attended the meeting. This year's theme was "Safety & Risk Management" with invited guest speakers; Professor James Eisenkraft from United States, Dr. Richard Riley, Dr Richard Walsh and Dr Peter Kam from Australia, and Professor Sun Da-jin from Shanghai,China.

The opening ceremony started off with an audiovisual presentation of "100 years of history of anaesthesia in Hong Kong". The show covered the period from the earliest anaesthesia in Hong Kong in the late 1800s, to the birth of The Society of Anaesthetist of Hong Kong in 1954, and that of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists in 1989, to the present day. The official opening was officially declared opened by Dr David Fang, President of the HKAM, and celebrated with a lively and colourful lion dance.

The refresher courses, difficult airway workshop and crisis management workshop was well attended on the first afternoon, which ended with a pleasant wine tasting and quiz in the evening. The concurrent on-site simulator workshop, mock trial, and debate between two teams on an anaesthesia issue were also extremely popular. We also had a record number of abstracts submitted for presentation this year.

Again this year, despite the economic downturn, we received enthusiastic and generous support from our trade sponsors. Overall, a total of 21 sponsors participated in this year's ASM.

I hope that all members and friends who attended the conference had enjoyed both the scientific and social programs. We look forward to meeting you again next September at the first ASM of the new millennium.

PP Chen
Chairman, ASM 1999

Date Title HKCA
CME Points
MOPS Points
28 Sept 98

Recent Advances in Local Anaesthetic Agent

  1. Toxicity of Local Anaesthetics
  2. Post-operative Pain Management
    • Prof. Stephen A. Schug
  3. Surgical Anaesthesia
  4. The Obstetric Challenge
    • Dr. John McClure
1 3
9 Nov 98

Low Flow Anaesthesia

  • Prof. Jan A. Baum
1 3
5-6 Dec 98 Annual Scientific Meeting 1998
1. Meeting
2. Simulator
3. Refresher Course
4. Workshop


14 June 99

Practical Applications of VIMA - Case Discussion

  • Dr. James Murray
1 3
13 Sept 99

Management of Neuropathic Pain and Lower Back Pain

  • DR. Charles A. Gauci
1.5 4.5
20 Sept 99 Y2K Symposium - Impact on Anaesthesia 1.5 4.5
5-7 Nov 99 Annual Scientific Meeting 1999
1. Meeting
2. Simulator
3. Refresher Course
4. Workshop



Conference Grant and Research Grant

This year the Society will continue to offer research and conference grants to her members, with a deadline of application on 31 April 2000. For those who are interested, please fill in the enclosed application form and return it to the Convenor, Dr. Tommy Suen, c/o Anaesthetic Department, United Christian Hospital, 130,Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong,Kowloon, HKSAR

Selection criteria and priorities 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.

Note: It is the applicant's responsibilities to obtain prior approval from his/her attached institution, if require, prior to the acceptance of grant.

Hong Kong Oxygen Plant Site Visit
(Tai Po and Tseung Kwan O)

Date: 20 May 1999 (Saturday)
Time: 1300-1730
No. of Participants: Limited to 25

Conducting Medium: Cantonese

Transportation will be available

Priority will be given to trainees and members without prior visit to HKO.

Please fax this completed form to Dr. Tommy Suen at 23794245 before 21st of April for prior registration.

NAME: ______________________________________________________

STATUS: Full Member / Member in training position / Associate member

Previous visit to HKO: Yes / No

Contact no: Tel _____________________ or Fax ______________________

Detail of the visit will be given to participants later.