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Letter from the President

On behalf of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies (FCMS), we would like to invite you to participate in the 19th International Conference on Health Care of the Chinese in North America - "Optimizing Health Amongst North American Chinese". The upcoming conference will be held in Toronto from 20 to 21 October 2018.

The FCMS Conference is a biennial international conference, with a focus on medical issues affecting the North American Chinese community. The Chinese Canadian Medical Society (Ontario) (CCMS), have the honour of being the host organization for this prestigious event this year. The theme of the conference will be Optimizing Health Amongst North American Chinese, with broad coverage of topics such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, hepatitis and fatty liver, mental health issues, and other primary care issues as vaccinations and skin disorders. The program will be delivered by experts in the fields of interest through keynote lectures, workshops, panel discussions, posters and exhibit booths.

We are hoping attract over 300 primary care physicians and specialists from the local GTA and abroad. The conference will also be open to allied health professionals such as pharmacists, nurses, and physiotherapists. As GTA is home to 500,000 Chinese Canadians, we believe that this conference will be of tremendous value and interest to local healthcare providers. The conference will advance the exchange of medical knowledge, ultimately enhancing the delivery of culturally competent care.

Please see the rest of the website for details and to register.

Yours sincerely,

Professor in Medicine, University of Toronto
President, Chinese Canadian Medical Society (CCMS)

Program Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ethnocultural differences that affect prevalence, symptom presentation, investigation, and treatment of common health problems among North American Chinese
  • Identify emergent or unmet healthcare needs among North American Chinese
  • Develop a cultural competent approach towards addressing important differences in common health issues facing North American Chinese

Accreditation/CME Credits

The meeting has been accredited by University of Toronto for the following CPD credits:

  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 11.0 Mainpro+ credits;
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - 11.0 Section 1 hours;
  • American Medical Association - 11.0 Category 1 credits; (via a reciprocal agreement with the Royal College).
  • Program

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Registration desk will be opened for sign in between 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
    1:00 - 1:50 pm LUNCH
    CV disease among North American Chinese - Dennis Ko, MD, FRCPC, MSc
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    3:00 - 4:20 pm PLENARY SESSION I
    Diabetes in 2018: What Should We All Know? - Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC
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    Somatization: Is It All in My Head? - Kenneth Fung, MD, FRCPC, MSc, FAPA, FCPA
    Dr. Julius F. Sue Memorial Lecture - sponsored by CAMASC

    Moderators: Dr. Chi-Ming Chow and Dr. Paul Chu
    Targeting Cancer Therapies Amongst the Chinese Population in North America - Fei-Fei Liu, MD, FRCPC
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    5:20 - 6:00 pm POSTER/ABSTRACTS REVIEW
    5:45 - 10:30 pm GALA

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Registration desk will be opened for sign in between 8:00 am and 1:30 pm.
    8:00 - 9:00 am BREAKFAST
    9:00 - 10:30 am PLENARY SESSION II
    Viral Hepatitis and Fatty Liver Disease among the Chinese - David H K Wong, MD, FRCPC
    I Robot - High Tech Comes to Medicine - Peter Lin, MD, CCFP

    Moderators: Dr. David Lam and Dr. George Ma
    The Art and Science on the Practice of Medicine - Herbert Ho-Ping Kong, MD, FRCPC
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm LUNCH
    11:45 am - 12:25 pm SATELLITE SYMPOSIA
    Management of Retina Disease in the Asian Population - Peng Yan, MD, FRCSC
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm POSTERS/EXHIBITS
    1:00 - 2:55 pm

    1. Cardiovascular Symposium
    Oral Anticoagulation for AF-related Stroke Prevention: 2018 Update - Andrew Ha, MD, MSc, FRCPC
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    Heart Failure Treatment Update - Implications for the North American Chinese - Peter Liu, MD, FRCPC
    An Update on PCSK9 Inhibitors in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Dominic Ng, PhD, MD, FRCPC

    Moderators: Dr. Chi-Ming Chow and Dr. Warren Chin

    2. Mental Health Workshop
    Why ACT? How to ACT? Thinking and ACTing Differently When Treating Addictions - Vincent Lam, MD, CCFP
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    A Primer on Responding to Patient Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) - Madeline Li, MD, PhD
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    Moderators: Dr. Kenneth Fung and Dr. Candice Kung

    2:55 - 3:10 pm BREAK
    3:10 - 5:00 pm

    1. Stroke Symposium: Different Stroke for Different Folks - Cerebrovascular Diseases amongst Chinese living in North America
    Awareness of Warning Symptoms of Heart Disease and Stroke: Follow-Up Study of the Chinese Canadian Cardiovascular Health Project (CCCVHP) - Chi-Ming Chow, MD, FRCPC
    Epidemiology of Cerebrovascular Diseases Amongst Chinese-Canadians - Joseph Chu, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FAHA
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    Stroke Amongst Chinese Americans and the Burden of Stroke in the World - Sun Hoo Foo, BM, MD
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    Moderators: Dr. Joseph Chu and Dr. John Chiu

    2. Primary Care Workshop: Pearls in Primary Care
    The Red Face - Francesca Cheung, MD, CCFP
    Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, & Fatty Liver - Mènage à Trois du Foie? - Eric Leong, MD, FRCPC
    Why Adult Immunization Matters - Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC
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    Moderators: Dr. David Lam

    Satellite Presentation

    1:00 - 1:50 pm, Saturday, October 20
    Tax Effective Investing - Ron Choo, CLU, CH.F.C
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 21
    Umbilical Cord Blood: Current Applications and Future Potential - Sue Mueller, PhD

    Participating Faculty

    Organizing Committee

    Chi-Ming Chow (President), Malcolm Chan, Alice Cheng, Michael Cheng, John Chiu, Joseph Chu, Kenneth Fung, Candice Kung, Rose Kung, David Lam, Eric Leong, Peter Lin, Tat Wong and Yvonne Yau


    Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC Associate Professor, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

    Francesca Cheung, MD, CCFP Lynde Institute of Dermatology, ON

    Chi-Ming Chow, MD, FRCPC Professor, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

    Joseph Chu, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FAHA Assistant Professor, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital University of Toronto, ON

    Sun Hoo Foo, BM, MD Clinical Professor, New York University, NY

    Kenneth Fung, MD, FRCPC, MSc, FAPA, FCPA Associate Professor, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

    Andrew C.T. Ha, MD, MD, MSc, FRCPC Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, UHN, ON

    Dennis Ko, MD, FRCPC, MSc Associate Professor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

    Herbert Ho-Ping Kong, MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, ON, 2016 FCMS Achievement Award Recipient

    Vincent Lam, MD, CCFP Lecturer, Medical Director of the Coderix Medical Clinic, University of Toronto, ON

    Eric Leong, MD, FRCPC Clinical Adjunct Professor, Humber River Hospital, Queen’s University, ON

    Madeline Li, MD, PhD Associate Professor, UHN - Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, ON

    Peter Lin, MD, CCFP Director, Primary Care Initiatives, Canadian Heart Research Centre, Toronto, ON

    Fei-Fei Liu, MD, FRCPC Chief of Radiation Medicine Program and Department of Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, ON

    Peter Liu, MD, FRCPC Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President of Research, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, ON

    Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC Professor, Sinai Health System - Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

    Sue Mueller, PhD Scientific Director, Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program, ON

    Dominic Ng, PhD, MD, FRCPC Associate Professor, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

    David H K Wong, MD, FRCPC Assistant Professor, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital University of Toronto, ON

    Peng Yan, MD, FRCSC Lecturer, Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Kensington Vision and Research Centre, University of Toronto, ON

    Hotel Information


    Toronto Marriott Markham
    170 Enterprise Boulevard
    Markham, Ontario L6G 0E6 Canada
    Tel: 1-905-489-1400

    Or self book online - A block of rooms has been set aside at the Marriott for conference delegates. Please reserve your accommodation at the Marriott within the FCMS block at:
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    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: September 28, 2018 by 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time


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    Bronze Sponsors

    Axiom Financial Services
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