HKUMAA 23rd Annual General Meeting & Talk by Professor Lo Chung Mau
Our renowned alumnus Professor Lo Chung Mau, Secretary for Health, delivered an inspiring talk after the 23rd Annual General
Meeting of HKUMAA on 2 August 2023. Over 60 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends participated in the talk in person and
via Zoom. Professor Lo shared his captivating journey through his family and professional life. His anecdotes resonated deeply
with the audience, evoking laughter and reflection.
The HKUMAA Band Show 2023 that took place at Grappas’ Cellar on 17 June was a blast, drawing approximately 90 medical alumni, students and friends together for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon filled with great music and nice food!
The band show featured not only the soulful performance by Dr Kenneth Liu, and the amazing voice by Dr David Fang who sang with Dr Thomas Tsang’s wonderful piano accompaniment, but also band performances including the alumni acapella group Medipella, the student band Medici Band, who rocked the stage with their energetic performance, and last but not least the alumni band Synapse, who created memorable experience that left the audience wanting more.
The HKUMAA President, Dr Matthew Tsui said at the welcoming remarks that it had been five years since the HKUMAA organised the last band show. He specially thanked Dr Victor Yeung and Dr Annabel Choy, Chairperson and Member of the Programme Subcommittee respectively, for organising the Band Show, and Dr Marco Ho, Member of Executive Committee, for being the MC of the event.
HKUMAA organised the 4th Sharing Forum of the 130 Mentorship Programme on 20 May 2023. The event was a great success, bringing together practicing physicians, HR professional, mentors and mentees, MBBS students, and young medical alumni. Over 60 participants have joined the session.
The event was a valuable opportunity for medical students and young alumni to connect with experienced family physicians and gained a better understanding of the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available in Family Medicine & Primary Healthcare.
The HKUMAA Spring Dinner was back on 17 February 2023! It was the first face-to-face alumni event in the new Year of the Rabbit. The event brought together over 200 alumni and friends and provided the perfect backdrop for different generations of members of the HKU medical family and friends to reconnect and make new friends. In the welcoming remarks, Dr Matthew Tsui, President of HKUMAA, expressed his warm welcome and gratitude to all guests and highlighted the association’s activities in the past year. Professor Chak-sing Lau, Dean of HKUMed, shared the updates of the Faculty’s development. Guests enjoyed the two live music performances during the dinner by Medipella and Dr Annabel Choy. The night also featured the lucky draw with many exciting prizes. Everyone enjoyed the evening and leaving with full bellies and big smiles.
A football match was organised on 8 January 2023 at Stanley Ho Sports Centre to provide a chance of reunion. More than 30 MBBS alumni and students joined the match and were divided into blue and yellow teams. Dr Lai Wai Ming led the blue team and Dr Lam Kwong Chin led the yellow team. With their utmost to score goals, the yellow team won by beating the blue team 2-0 in a penalty shootout after a 5-5 draw. Professor CS Lau, Dean of HKUMed, was invited to present the prizes to the winners. Dr She Wong Hoi of the yellow team, who scored four goals in the match, was awarded The Most Valuable Player. Blessed by the weather, the event provided a great occasion for exercise, reunion and socialising among the alumni. The participants' spirits were high and they enjoyed the game immensely.
: 130 Mentorship Programme 3rd Sharing Forum – “ROAD to Serve”
About 80 MBBS students, mentees, alumni and mentors attended the third Sharing Forum of the HKUMAA 130 Mentorship Programme online on 22 October 2022, in which they learned about the training, the development and the skillsets on career preparation of their interested specialties.
With the theme ROAD to Serve, the Sharing Forum covered four specialties including Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anaesthesiologyand Dermatology. Four eminent doctors shared their experience and tips on the training and requirements of their specialties in the first part of the event. They are Dr Poon Wai Lun, COS, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Dr Emily Yeung, Vice-President (General Affairs), College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong; Dr Chow Yu Fat, Honorary Consultant, Department of Anaesthesiology, HKSH Medical Group, and Dr Kingsley Chan, Honorary Consultant, Hospital Authority.
In the second part of the Forum, participants were able to join an in-depth discussion with the speakers in the breakout room of their selected specialties. In Radiology breakout room, the speakers are Dr Poon Wai Lun; Dr Kevin Lau, Co-chairperson of the 130 Mentorship Programme, and Dr Lawrence Tee, private practitioner. In Ophthalmology, the speakers are Dr Emily Yeung; Dr Shaheeda Mohamed, Consultant, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, and Dr Aziz Kam Ka Wai, Associate Consultant, Hospital Authority. In Anaesthesiology, the speakers are Dr Chow Yu Fat; Dr Libby Lee, Co-chairperson of the 130 Mentorship Programme; Dr Gordon Wong, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, School of Clinical Medicine, HKUMed, and Dr Yu Pak Chung, private practitioner. In Dermatology, the speakers are Dr Kingsley Chan, Dr Ip Wing Kin and Dr Alex Wong, private practitioners.
Professor Lau Chak Sing, Dean of Medicine, delivered a captivating and instructive talk titled “The Normal One” after the 22nd Annual General Meeting of HKUMAA on 6 September 2022. Professor Lau shared his journey of becoming a rheumatologist and encouraged the alumni to stay positive and perseverant in the face of challenges and disappointment. Over 70 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends participated in the talk in person and via Zoom, and they got motivated by Professor Lau’s enlightening sharing.
On 16 January 2022, HKUMAA held an Online Inauguration Ceremony (the Ceremony) to officially launch the new cohort of the 130 Mentorship Programme, which had attendance from over 100 mentors and mentees.
Dr Matthew Tsui, President of HKUMAA, kick-started the Ceremony with a heartfelt welcoming speech, followed by Dr Libby Lee and Dr Kevin Lau, Co-Chairmen of the Programme, who further shared objectives, structure and activities of the Programme. Dr Catherine Chong and Dr James Wesley Cheng, recurring Mentors of the programme, also shared some invaluable insights and tips.
The Ceremony ended with a 20-minute breakout session, where mentors and mentees were split into smaller groups to engage in meaningful and interactive discussion.
HKUMAA organised a Reunion Football Match on December 12, 2021 (Sunday) at Stanley Ho Sports Centre. More than 30 MBBS alumni joined the match and they were divided into blue team (Dr Chan Chung Mau’s Team) and yellow team (Professor Paul Tam Kwong-hang’s Team). All participants tried their best to score goals, the yellow team beat the blue team by 1:0. Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean of HKUMed, was invited to present the prize to the winners. Blessed by the weather, the event provided a great occasion for exercise, reunion and socialising among the alumni. The participants' spirits were high and they enjoyed the game immensely.
HKUMAA organised its Annual Dinner on 3 December 2021 after almost two-year suspension of large-scale face-to-face activities due to COVID-19. More than 200 alumni, their families and friends attended the event. The evening was filled with joyous ambience and warm sharing among different generations of members of the HKU medical family and friends. Dr Matthew Tsui, President of HKUMAA, expressed his warm welcome and gratitude to all guests in his welcoming remarks. Medipella, a group of medical doctors, performed their original song Together written in light of the influence of COVID-19 to cheer everybody up. The highlight of the event would be Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean of HKUMed, playing a guessing game with guests, where winners received exquisite gifts.
Seeing to the positive response of the first Sharing Forum, HKUMAA organised another online Sharing Forum on 4 Sep 2021. Over 100 participants including mentors and mentees, MBBS students and young medical alumni enjoyed the occasion.
In the first part of the forum we were excited to have Dr Dacita Suen To-ki share with us her experience on basic surgery and general training. Her incredible surgical journey provided students and alumni with invaluable insights and guidance.
The sharing was followed by in-depth breakout room sessions, where our guest speakers were divided into three virtual rooms to freely discuss with participants about their respective sub-specialties. Dr Dacita Suen To-ki and Dr James Tsu Hok-leung hosted room 1, discussing General Surgery and Urology respectively. Dr Yan Chun-hoi and Dr Lui Wai-man hosted room 2, where they talked about Orthopaedics & Traumatology and Neurosurgery respectively. The last room was hosted by Dr Flora Wong Ling-yuen and Dr Randolph Wong Hung-leung, where they discussed Otorhinolaryngology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Mr Henry Fan Hung-ling, Chairman of the Hospital Authority, delivered a captivating and interactive talk entitled “Sustainable Development: Public-Private Partnership”, immediately after the 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 5 August 2021. Mr Fan depicted the current situation of the medical field in Hong Kong and explored exciting public-private partnership possibilities that could potentially reform the industry. The talk saw active participation from the audience, who joined in person and via Zoom, which led to constructive and in-depth discussion. Over 50 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends enjoyed the occasion.
HKUMAA organised its first Sharing Forum of the 130 Mentorship Programme on 29 May 2021. About 180 participants including mentors and mentees, MBBS students and young medical alumni enjoyed the occasion.
As the first of the series, Dr Wu Tak-chiu, Consultant and Head, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, QEH; Dr Li Chung-ki, Co-Director of Neurology Centre, HKSH and Dr Annabel Choy, Resident, Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, KWH talked about their working experiences in Internal Medicine, and conducted interactive exchanges on career path, training, opportunities and challenges of the specialty.
At the second part of the Forum, Ms Wincy Wong, Cluster General Manager (Human Resources), NTWC; Dr Lee Tsz-leung, Hospital Chief Executive, HKCH and Dr Que Tak-lun, Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Pathology, NTWC brought inspiring sharing and tips on resume writing, interviewing and career planning.
"Connecting with Nature: A Step to a Healthier Lifestyle" – A Talk on Organic Gardening
A talk on organic gardening was held by Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM), HKU Medical Alumni Association (HKUMAA) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Medical Alumni Association at HKAM on 1 May 2021. Dr Arthur van Langenberg (MBBS 1962) and Dr Tom Ho (Dentist) shared their wonderful journey of organic gardening and invaluable tips for beginners. More than 70 medical professionals participated in the talk in person or via Zoom. On-site participants also had the opportunity to visit the HKAM’s roof garden where a wide variety of beautiful potted organic plants were planted.
October 23, 2020 marked a tremendous milestone for our Founding President Professor Rosie Young, a well-recognised icon in the medical profession both locally and internationally, as she marked her 90th birthday.
To celebrate this joyous occasion, our President Dr Matthew Tsui, Vice-Presidents Dr Kevin Lau, Dr Libby Lee and Honorary Treasurer Dr Laurence Shek represented the Association to visit Professor Young and send her our best wishes in person the night before. Dozens of members and alumni also joined us via Zoom and shared this precious moment with Professor Young. Click the link below to check out the photo gallery of this wonderful event.
HKUMAA held its 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Lecture Theatre 1 of the Faculty on August 28, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dinner Talk originally proposed to be held right after the AGM has been cancelled to safeguard the well-being of our members.
Over 20 members participated in the AGM in person or via Zoom. An election of the new Executive Committee members and Office Bearers was held at the meeting. The list of the new Executive Committee can be viewed here.
Professor Xiang Zhang, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, delivered a captivating dinner talk entitled "My Journey: Life and Sciences" immediately after the 19th Annual General Meeting of HKUMAA on July 23, 2019. The talk depicted Professor Zhang's personal journey from China to the U.S., and then from the U.S. to Hong Kong, which also highlighted several tremendous scientific breakthroughs in his career. After the talk, the audience had a much better understanding of how technology, combined with the right mindset, could be used to drastically improve living standard while at the same time bring benefit to our environment. Over 80 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends enjoyed the occasion.
This year, HKUMAA organised its Annual Outing on November 17, 2018 to Hong Kong Children's Hospital, which is bound to commence service by phases in the fourth quarter of 2018. Over 60 alumni, medical professionals, along with their families and friends gathered on this beautiful sunny day for a sneak peek of the new hospital.
After enjoying a scrumptious meal at Jade Garden, Telford Plaza, the group went on a guided tour to visit various facilities within Block A and Block B of the Hong Kong Children's Hospital, such as the Specialist Outpatient Clinic, Parents' Quarters, Haematology & Oncology Ward, Hydrotherapy Pool, and Simulation Training Centre. All in all, participants had an enjoyable and interactive experience at the hospital.
To celebrate the grand re-opening of the recently renovated Alumni Chamber, HKUMAA organised an opening party on October 27, 2018, which attracted nearly 50 alumni and their families. The Alumni Chamber, after the refurbishment, now has a brand-new modern look, which was greatly appreciated by our alumni. Many of them have even started planning their class reunions at the renovated Alumni Chamber.
The carnival-style party provided a wonderful opportunity for old friends to get together, and for different generations of alumni to meet. Not only were there a spectacular magic performance, balloon-twisting and face-painting sessions, a popcorn stall, a waffle corner and a chocolate fountain were also set up for participants to enjoy.
HKUMAA organised a homecoming visit and a sports reunion for MBBS alumni, in particular Anniversary Classes 1978 to 2018, on September 9, 2018 (Sunday). More than 20 alumni and family members joined the homecoming visit and took a walk around the medical campus and its new facilities. The sports reunion followed immediately at Stanley Ho Sports Centre where nearly 40 alumni formed teams to take part in friendly football and basketball matches. Kicked off by Professor Paul Tam, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of HKU, Professor Gilberto Leung, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) of the Faculty and Office-Bearers of the Association, participants were divided into blue team and yellow team to take part in the football and basketball matches. The blue team beat the yellow team in the football match by 3:1 while the basketball matches ended with a 1:1 draw. Blessed by the weather, the event provided a great occasion for exercise, reunion and socialising among the alumni and their families. The participants' spirits were high and they enjoyed the game immensely.
Dr Leo Wong Kwai Kuen, our MBBS 1959 alumnus and a seasoned photographer, delivered a dinner talk entitled「永恆的瞬間」immediately after the 18th Annual General Meeting of HKUMAA on July 23, 2018. Through the appreciation of a plethora of beautiful photos taken during different phases of his life, Dr Wong shared his passion for photography. The talk signified the beauty of nature and amazed the audience how photography can uniquely capture fleeting phenomena in a way that painting cannot. Over 120 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends enjoyed the occasion.
Since its first Band Show on October 13, 2012, HKUMAA organised its second Band Show in a live house and restaurant in Wan Chai on May 19, 2018, drawing an almost full house of 140 medical alumni, students and friends for a relaxing Saturday evening with nice music and food.
Thanks for the detailed coordination of Dr Barbara Lam, Dr Victor Yeung, Dr Annabel Choy and Dr Stanton Ho, a HKU medical alumni a cappella group, three HKU medical alumni bands, a HKU medical student band and Dr Marco Ho were invited to perform on the occasion, with music ranging from pop to jazz.
Like what our Founding President Professor Rosie Young and President Dr Barbara Lam mentioned in the evening, the event provided an excellent opportunity for different generations of alumni, students and members of 130 Mentorship Programme to meet, as well as a great occasion for us to appreciate our alumni and students' glorious talents.
HKUMAA organised its annual Spring Dinner on March 6, 2018 to celebrate the Year of the Dog and wish its members and friends well. More than 180 alumni, their families and friends attended the event. The evening was filled with festive ambience and warm sharing among different generations of members of the HKU medical family. Apart from the lucky draw sessions and trophy presentation to HKUMAA Sports Team members, medical alumni and students also gave a wonderful singing performance of 《杏林遍地》, theme song of 130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong, with Professor Sophia Chan and Dr Barbara Lam.
Professor CP Lau, Honorary Clinical Professor of HKU, delivered a dinner talk entitled "The Man who is Half a Boy: Romancing with Ming Furniture" immediately after the 17th Annual General Meeting of the HKUMAA on July 6, 2017. Professor Lau shared his passion for collecting Ming Furniture and introduced the expressive power and beauty of these masterpieces. Audiences were inspired by how the worlds of art and medicine overlap and intertwine. Over 80 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends enjoyed the occasion.
The Family Sports and Fun Fiesta, jointly organised by HKU Medical Alumni Association (HKUMAA) and Hong Kong West Cluster Sports Association (HKWCSA), brought alumni, staff and students a weekend filled with family fun and entertainment. The Fiesta is a signature event celebrating 130 Years of Medicine in Hong Kong and 80th Anniversary of Queen Mary Hospital. More than 500 alumni and families came together at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre on March 12, 2017 and share in the joy and fun of sports. Highlights include a friendly soccer match between the HKUMAA and HKWCSA, as well as a 4x100m invitation relay formed by members of the 2 co-organisers, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital and 4 HKU student societies of the Medical Faculty. In addition to track and field competitions, alumni participated in family fun games and carnival booths. The event provided a great occasion for exercise, reunion and socializing among the alumni, staff and their families.
HKUMAA organised its annual Spring Dinner on February 27, 2017 to celebrate the Year of the Rooster and wish its members and friends well. More than 200 alumni, their families and friends attended the event. The evening was filled with festive ambience and warm sharing among different generations of members of the HKU medical family. Apart from the lucky draw sessions, fantastic A Cappella performance by talented medical students and trophy presentation to HKUMAA Sports Team members, an interactive session with young and senior alumni sharing their stories and experiences highly heightened ambience of the Dinner.
HKUMAA organised its annual outing to Tsz Shan Monastery on November 13, 2016. Over 60 alumni, families and friends gathered on the beautiful sunny day and enjoyed a scrumptious meal at Sam Mun Tsai. The group then went on a guided tour to visit different parts of the Monastery and appreciate the religion, architecture and breathtaking scenery. Participants all had an enjoyable day to unwind, relax and spend time with good company.
Nearly 40 medical alumni and family members from MBBS Anniversary Classes 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 2001 and 2006 formed two teams to participate in a friendly football match organised by the HKUMAA at Stanley Ho Sports Centre on September 4, 2016. Team spirit was further lifted with players wearing the newly-designed HKUMAA jerseys and class representatives being awarded the captain badges. The match ended with a 1:1 draw between the blue and yellow teams. A penalty kick competition was organised to allowed alumni classes’ players of different ages to compete on the same ground. After three rounds of penalty kicks, Dr Cheung Tak-cheong (1991), Dr Kevin Foo (2006) and Dr She Wong-hoi (2006) became the winners of the penalty shoot-out. The event provided a great occasion for exercise, reunion and socializing among the alumni and their families. The participants’ spirits were high and they enjoyed the game immensely.
Professor SP Chow, Emeritus Professor of HKU and past Vice-President of the HKUMAA, delivered a dinner talk entitled "Stories from the Mountains" immediately after the 16th Annual General Meeting of the HKUMAA on July 8, 2016. Professor Chow shared many nice photos of mountains in Hong Kong that he took in different seasons and time, and illustrated through his own stories how the nature has changed his thoughts about life. The talk was lively and inspirational particularly with the fantastic guitar accompany by Professor Chow’s guest, Mr Bernard Yim. Nearly 80 alumni, members of the Faculty and friends enjoyed the occasion.
HKUMAA organised its annual Spring Dinner on March 3, 2016 to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and wish its members and friends well. More than 200 alumni, their families and friends attended the event. The evening was filled with festive ambience and warm sharing among different generations of members of the HKU medical family. Apart from the lucky draw sessions, fantastic A Cappella performance by talented medical students and trophy presentation to HKUMAA Sports Team members, introduction of senior alumni who have graduated for 50 or more years, including Prof Rosie Young (1953), Dr Laurence Hou and Dr Wong Kwok-on (1956), Prof Donald Yu (1960), Dr Peter Lo (1961), Prof Moira Chan (1962), Prof John Leong, Dr Wat Kwong-sang and Dr Cheung King-wai (1965), highly heightened ambience of the Dinner.