The development of HKSEMS was closely linked to the development of emergency medicine in Hong Kong. After the first A&E consultant was appointed in 1981, a group of dedicated A&E doctors joined together to form the Society in 1985. Thereafter, the Society organized various training activities, published a series of A&E reference manuals and the Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine. These all helped establish the specialty status of emergency medicine in Hong Kong. After thirteen years of hard work, the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine was finally established in 1997.
With the establishment of the College to oversee the professional standard of fellows and training of trainees, HKSEMS continues to strive for the betterment of emergency services in Hong Kong through organizing training for junior doctors, nurses and paramedics. The Society also represents Hong Kong in the Asian Society for Emergency Medicine.
First Casualty Unit established at Queen Mary Hospital
First full-time Consultant appointed
Casualty Unit renamed as Accident and Emergency Department
First local candidate passed FRCSEd (A&E) examination
5 July 1985
Hong Kong Society of Emergency Medicine and Surgery registered under Section 5 of the Societies Ordinance
27 Sept 1985
First HKSEMS meeting with the constitution of the Society adopted and the first council elected. Dr LEUNG Man Po was the first President.
21 Mar 1986
Co-organized the 6th World Congress of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Hong Kong
First newsletter <Emergi-News> was published
Joint hospital clinical meeting commenced
ACLS was introduced to Hong Kong, in collaboration with Justice Institute British Columbia (JIBC)
ACLS and BLS instructor courses were introduced
Four manuals for A&E doctors, namely Core Manual in Training in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Procedure Manual, Emergency Drug Manual, Emergency Diagnostic Test Manual was published.
First issue of the Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine was published
Academic Unit in Emergency Medicine was established at Chinese University of Hong Kong
First Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (PALS)
Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine was established
First Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (APLS)
First Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
HKSEMS became one of the founding members of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM)
First College Exit examination was held
Commencement of Emergency Medicine training courses for dental officers and other health care professionals
2000 - PRESENT
Participation in 全國兩岸四地急診醫學會議 at Guangzhou, China
Emergency Medicine training courses for traditional Chinese medicine undergraduate students of the Baptist University was organized.
Host for the 3rd Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine
First Certificate course in Wilderness Medicine (in collaboration with
the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong)
First Hong Kong-Shenzhen Emergency Medicine Summit, which has developed into a biennial Emergency Medicine conference.
First private emergency centre was established at Union Hospital
Hong Kong Emergency Services Survey was conducted.
4th HK-SZ EM Conference
Host for the 15th International Conference on Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Unit was established at the University of Hong Kong
HKSEMS celebrates its 30th Anniversary (Book publication / CPR marathon / 30th Anniversary dinner was held)
Board of Clinical Toxicology and recognition of Clinical Toxicology subspecialty was formed
6th HK-SZ EM Conference
First Issue of HKSEMS Newsletter was published in April
“Procalcitonin Guided Therapy: Consensus and Controversies” by Prof Pierre Hausfater (France)
“Patient Blood Management: Management of traumatic haemorrhage in Emergency Department” by Dr. James Winearls (Australia)
Host for the 11th Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine