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September 2019

For some patients suffering from organ failure, organ transplantation might be their ultimate way out. According to local statistics, more than 2000 patients have the urgent need for organ or tissue transplant everyday in Hong Kong. However, suitably matched transplantable organs do not come in abundance as the supply from organ donation is usually rather limited, hence patients’ waiting time for organ donation becomes prolonged. Not only does the long waiting time affects the patients’ quality of life, but also that of the carers, family and friends around them. Organ donation is the greatest gift to patients and their family, and would certainly help to light up their lives. To expand the donor pool, public awareness of the issues and procedures related to organ donation needs to be heightened. It is also important to acknowledge the donor’s wish to donate organs. The Centralised Organ Donation Register (CODR) established by The Department of Health (DH) is a platform for prospective donors to voluntarily register their wish to donate their organs after death, and for such wish to be recorded more reliably ( Over 30,000 registrations had been recorded since its establishment in November 2018.

In case you were not aware as yet, and a few colleagues might be wondering, when and where our College’s annual primary care conference would be held this year? The answer is, the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM), the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS), the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) and the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) are co-organising "The 4th AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress cum 53rd Singapore – Malaysia Congress of Medicine & Hong Kong Primary Care Conference 2019" to be held from 6-8 December 2019 (Friday-Sunday) at the HKAM Jockey Club Building, Aberdeen, Hong Kong ( The theme of the Tripartite Congress this year is “People-centred Care: Towards Value-Based Innovations”. This conference provides a unique platform for local clinicians as well as those from South East Asia to share and exchange their knowledge, expertise and experience with friends and colleagues and to make contacts that may lead to collaborations in the future. So, please do mark your diaries if you have not done so! I would also like to take the liberty to highlight a few updates on the programme in this and the coming issues. First off the mark, on 6 December Friday afternoon, the programme kicks off with the HKAM Best Original Research by Trainees, closely followed by HKAM Annual Fellowship Conferment Ceremony and David Todd Oration to be delivered by Prof John CY Leong, Chairman of the Hospital Authority. Prof Leong would be sharing with us on his “Twice Rendezvous with Hospital Authority”. On Saturday 7 December, day 2 of the Congress, the morning session will comprise of a series of clinical symposia on genetics and genomics, colorectal cancer screening, hepatitis management, followed by lunchtime lectures on osteoporosis management and diabetes treatment, before the opening ceremony. Do join in for these very useful clinical update topics.

The written papers of our Fellowship Examination were sat in August this year. The clinical part will take place at the end of October. I would like to wish all the candidates the best of luck and every success in the forthcoming examination!

Dr. David V K CHAO