Scientific Programme

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Nursing Symposium and Workshop

Towards a Greater Mind. Towards a Better Life.
Date: 16 November 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30
Speakers: Ms. Man-Yee LEE, Ms. Tammy LOY, Dr. Kam-Sheung POON, Dr. Kin-Chung TSE, Dr. Man-Chun WONG, Dr. Tin-Kan WONG (Hong Kong)
Facilitators: Ms. Terri CHOI, Ms. Lokkie LAU, Ms. Simmy SIN, Ms. Miu-Nga WONG (Hong Kong)

Nowadays, the role of the perioperative nurse is not only confined to operating theatre. With our presence and enthusiasm in perioperative care, we definitely have the capacity to help patients achieve better life and wellbeing. In this nursing symposium, we will update the current trends in perioperative medicine and introduce the latest technology to help us provide better patient care. We will also examine the role of nurses in enhancing psychological wellbeing in children undergoing anaesthesia and explore the multimodal integrative therapies in pain management. Let’s work towards a greater mind, also to bring towards our patients and all of us a better life!


Optional Workshops

16 November 2019 (Saturday)

W1 - Perioperative Oxygenation, THRIVE and Airway Workshop  
Time: 10:45-12:45
Facilitators: Dr. Roni KRIESER (Australia), Dr. Albert CHAN, Dr. Eric CHUNG, Dr. Kin-Fai KHU, Dr. Rowena LEE (Hong Kong)

As the scope of anaesthetic practice extends further outside the operating theatre to remote areas such as office-based Anaesthesia, endoscopic and cardiac catheterization lab procedures, the demand for techniques and equipment for maintaining patient safety is greater than ever. This workshop aims to cover practical aspects of oxygenation and airway management in the perioperative and peri-procedural period, including procedural sedation, paediatric sedation, management of difficult airways and airway crises. We will also discuss some novel techniques such as management of one lung ventilation in spontaneously breathing patients. The focus of the workshop will be on hands on practical skills when managing these clinical situations.

W2 - Critical Care USG Workshop   
Time: 13:30-15:00 and 15:30-17:00
Facilitators: Dr. Mandy CHAN, Dr. Eunise HO, Dr. Frank KO, Dr.Gladys KWAN, Dr. Duncan LAM, Dr. Marc YANG, Dr. Tom YIP, Dr. Joey WAI (Hong Kong)

Ultrasound and echocardiography has now become an indispensable tool in acute care settings. In this workshop, we would target on a few aspects on acute resuscitation, which include FAST scan, ultrasound airway and lung, USG for central venous assess and DVT, hemodynamic assessment and use of USG and echo in cardiac arrest situation. Our instructors come from different specialties including anesthesiology, emergency medicine and intensive care medicine. We hope you can gain useful hands-on ultrasonographic experience after joining this workshop. Welcome!

W3 - Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test CPET Workshop  
Time: 13:30-15:00 and 15:30-17:00
Facilitators: Prof. Denny LEVETT (United Kingdom), Dr. Ka-Ying CHOW, Dr. Eric CHUNG, Dr. Cherry TSE, Dr. Ryan WAN, Dr. Christopher YIM (Hong Kong)

More and more, CPET is an essential tool in perioperative medicine. Everyone has come across it, but how many of you know how to make good use of it? This workshop aims to enhance participants' understanding of the application of CPET, as well as share with everyone how to select patients for the test and how the information gained from CPET can help us make better decisions and deliver better outcomes in the perioperative journey. CPET expert, Prof. Denny LEVETT will share with us her experiences in the application of CPET in the perioperative setting and lead the interactive case based discussions. Participants will also have opportunities to see a live step-by-step demonstration of the CPET on healthy volunteers and learn how to interpret it. 

M1 - The Greater Mind Workshop Series
M1A. Productivity: Working Smarter, Working Safer  
Time: 10:30-12:30
Facilitator: Mr. Phil DOBSON (United Kingdom)

Too often we spend our days ‘busy’, working on the wrong things. We find it hard to maintain our focus, even harder to switch off. As our work load increases we tend to respond by working even harder, and becoming even less effective. The solution is to work smarter based on what we know about the brain. In this workshop, you will learn how to become more goal-oriented and improve your prioritisation. Working with a clear mind, and sustaining our concentration throughout the day is the key to patient safety.



M2 - Labyrinth Walking in Action Workshop   
M2A Time: 16:00-17:00 (Session 1)
M2B Time: 17:00-18:00 (Session 2)
Facilitators: Dr. Robby LAI, Dr. Geoffrey LAM (Hong Kong)

A labyrinth is usually a large circular pattern about 40 feet in diameter. It has one path that begins on the outer edge and moves in a circuitous way to the center. Some labyrinth designs are as old as four to five thousand years of age. The world most famous one is the Eleven Circuit Medieval labyrinth that was placed in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in 1201. Walking the labyrinth had many uses. According to the Reverend. Dr. Lauren ARTRESS, 'The labyrinth is a spiritual tool that reduces stress, quiets the mind and opens the heart. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and a blueprint where psyche meets Spirit.' The participants are invited to join the walk with the Veriditas accredited facilitator, Dr. Geoffrey LAM, and the clinical psychologist, Dr. Robby LAI. They have run the 'Labyrinth and Health' and the 'Stress management through labyrinth walking' workshops for the NTEC healthcare providers. A brief history, various methods of walking and the resources will be introduced. Much time will be reserved for the participants to walk the labyrinth to 'experience the experience'.

M3 – The Chocolate Workshop
Time: 17:00-18:00
Facilitator: Prof. Charles GOMERSALL (Hong Kong)

Cacao is a small artisan chocolate company focused on taste, ethical sourcing and environmentally friendly practices. We’ll be teaching you how the origin and quality of cocoa, age, cocoa concentration and type of sugar affect the taste of chocolates, while telling you about our story and how chocolate is made. Price includes a box of 8 of our pralines (usual retail price HK$160) and an additional sample box of chocolates. To know more about us, follow us on Facebook at


17 November 2019 (Sunday)

W4 - Crisis Refresher Workshop for Specialists  
Time: 08:30-12:00
Facilitors: Dr. Phoon-Ping CHEN, Dr. Yu-Fat CHOW, Dr. Patricia KAN, Dr. Charlotte LO, Dr. Hing-Yu SO, Dr. Jaclyn WONG, Dr. Steven YIP (Hong Kong)

Led by a team of highly experienced simulation instructors, this half-day workshop is designed for specialists who want take their crisis management ability to the next level. Through immersive role-play in high fidelity crisis scenarios, participants can practice managing anaesthetic events as a team in a safe and contained environment. Instructors will incorporate crew resource management principles and elements from latest resuscitation guidelines into different scenarios and facilitate constructive debriefing to enhance participant’s learning. No matter you are familiar with simulation training or not, this workshop will be a comfortable and rewarding experience.

Note to participants: This workshop will take place at Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine (HKJC ILCM), in the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building, Aberdeen. A coach will transport participants back to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre after the workshop in time for lunch.

W5 - Regional Anaesthesia Workshop  
Time: 13:30-15:00
Facilitators: Dr. Pornpatra AREERUK, Dr. Wing-Sang CHAN, Dr. Louis MOK, Dr. Olivia NG, Dr. Sumire SASAKI (Hong Kong)

This workshop focuses on live demonstrations and supervised hands-on ultrasound scanning of the lower limb relevant to the anaesthetist’s daily practice. Highlights include the novel ultrasound-guided technique of alcohol neurolysis of the branches supplying the hip joint as a palliative procedure for inoperable hip fractures, analgesia for knee operations including the newly emerged popliteal plexus block, and regional anaesthesia for hip operations that may possibly spare a patient from general or neuraxial anaesthesia. A low participant to instructor ratio ensures each participant will have adequate time to grasp relevant scanning techniques.

M1 - The Greater Mind Workshop Series
M1B. Be Mindful, Not Mind Full for Exams (Trainees)
Time: 13:30-15:00
Facilitator: Mr. Phil DOBSON (United Kingdom)

The fellowship exams are one of the toughest hurdles we have to go through as trainees. We need a combination of mindfulness, resilience and high productivity in order to succeed. Research in neuroplasticity shows that your brain is like a muscle, in this regard, mindfulness and meditation offer some of the best forms of “brain-training. Combining applicable techniques with insights from neuroscience, you learn how to strengthen your focus, increase your mental flexibility, and develop your emotional health and wellbeing. This workshop is designed especially for trainees, to help them develop the right frame of mind to face the big challenge.


M1C. Resilience: Performing Under Pressure, Maintaining Patient Safety  
Time: 10:30-12:30
Facilitator: Mr. Phil DOBSON (United Kingdom)

In a demanding work environment, pressure and complexity can lead to inconsistent performance, poor decision-making, and a drop in health and well-being. To sustain your performance under pressure, it is necessary to develop your resilience. This module shows you how to develop your resilience, manage your stress, and consequently sustain your mental performance and daily effectiveness. You'll learn how to regulate your physiology, and how to sleep better. You’ll discover how to develop a greater sense of control, cultivate greater emotional resourcefulness, and regain a sense of balance.


* The Programme is subject to change without prior notice.