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OUR DEVELOPMENT

Since 1985

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.

1947-1984

1947

First Casualty Unit established at Queen Mary Hospital

1981

First full-time Consultant appointed

1983

Casualty Unit renamed as Accident and Emergency Department

1984

First local candidate passed FRCSEd (A&E) examination

1985-1999

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

Inaugural symposium

1989

Co-organized the 6th World Congress of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Hong Kong

Mar 1990

First newsletter <Emergi-News> was published

Oct 1990

Joint hospital clinical meeting commenced

1991

ACLS was introduced to Hong Kong, in collaboration with Justice Institute British Columbia (JIBC)

1992

ACLS and BLS instructor courses were introduced

1994

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

1995

Academic Unit in Emergency Medicine was established at Chinese University of Hong Kong

1996

First Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (PALS)

1997

Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine was established


First Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (APLS)

​First Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

1998

HKSEMS became one of the founding members of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM)

1999

First College Exit examination was held


Commencement of Emergency Medicine training courses for dental officers and other health care professionals

2000 - PRESENT

2000

Participation in 全國兩岸四地急診醫學會議 at Guangzhou, China

2002

Emergency Medicine training courses for traditional Chinese medicine undergraduate students of the Baptist University was organized.

2004

Host for the 3rd Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine

2006

First Certificate course in Wilderness Medicine (in collaboration with
the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong)

2008

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

2012

Hong Kong Emergency Services Survey was conducted.

2013

4th HK-SZ EM Conference

2014

Host for the 15th International Conference on Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Unit was established at the University of Hong Kong

2015

HKSEMS celebrates its 30th Anniversary (Book publication / CPR marathon / 30th Anniversary dinner was held)

2016

Board of Clinical Toxicology and recognition of Clinical Toxicology subspecialty was formed

2017

6th HK-SZ EM Conference

 

First Issue of HKSEMS Newsletter was published in April

2018

“Procalcitonin Guided Therapy: Consensus and Controversies” by Prof Pierre Hausfater (France)

2019

“Patient Blood Management: Management of traumatic haemorrhage in Emergency Department” by Dr. James Winearls (Australia)

2021

Host for the 11th Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine