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Galway hosted Irelands’ first Performing Arts Medicine Conference in October of this year. The theme of our inaugural conference was the health of musicians. Our panel of speakers included health care practitioners from diverse specialty backgrounds such as Neurology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Primary care, Psychology, Anatomy, Occupational Medicine, Occupational therapy, Osteopathy and of course, our patient experts. I have included …Read the Rest


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  Are you a health care professional who has a commerical idea involving technology that could improve health but don’t know where to start ?  Undoubtedly inspired by the enthusiasm (and success) of the entrepreneurs presenting, this was one of the hot topics of discussion at the .Med medical innovation meeting in Dublin this month. Here’s …Read the Rest

My father loves to attend the Cheltenham horse racing festival every year. The meeting, which is one of the biggest on the horse racing calendar is a celebration of Irish Horse racing that takes place in the UK and draws a crowd of over 200,000. As he has got older, the hectic pace of the …Read the Rest

Every year plane loads of industry moguls, rising stars, prima donnas, journalists and hangers on make their way across the Atlantic for one of the most hyped events of the year.  Hotels and restaurants are booked months in advance, hair dressers and dry cleaners get busy and, unless you’re with industry, it can be hard …Read the Rest

This years Musicians’ Health conference took place in Galway on Saturday October 13th. We were lucky enough to hear from a number of patient experts who told of us their experience of living with musicians’ injuries. I have included presentations from  two of these – Enda Scahill (of We Banjo 3) and Johnny Donnelly (formerly …Read the Rest

I’m on my way to my specialty’s Spring meeting. Its a small gathering with 40-50 specialists attending from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland. The meeting offers a strictly no choice ‘Table D’hote selection’ of 6-8, hourly sessions, comprising the best of local fayre with an occasional international contribution. As they say in these parts, …Read the Rest

‘Are you still wasting your time on Twitter?’ What surprised me was that this (rhetorical) question was put to me, not by an elder lemon colleague approaching retirement, but a freshly minted  colleague in his early thirties. Then I saw this Tweet from the Med2.0 conference; Audience member says 86% of docs surveyed in a large medical practice feelsocial …Read the Rest

This year I attended what is known (in the social media parlance of us Twitterboffins) as a ‘Tweetup’. This is where a group of people, known only to one another from their exchanges on Twitter, meet in person to press the flesh, check one another out to see if they bear any resemblance to their …Read the Rest

Keeping my patients well educated and uptodate with everything they need to know about their illness is a very important part of my practice. Knowledgeable patients do better on treatment, are less anxious about their illness, and tend to he happier overall in my experience. Having content, well informed patients in my practice also means I tend …Read the Rest


In: Blog, Social Media

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“Dr. Ronan Kavanagh (@RonanTKavanagh) is one of the leading voices in the rheumatology conversation on the social web.  Through his portfolio of social presences, Dr. Kavanagh maintains an admirable balance between approachable affability and informed professionalism, and I was delighted when he agreed to share some his insights regarding healthcare professional use of social media with the Symplur …Read the Rest