International Street Medicine Symposium IX

October 24-26, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts

May 1, 2013

Exciting News!

The Street Medicine Institute is excited to announce the 9th annual International Street Medicine Symposium, to be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts on October 24-26, 2013, with a special pre-symposium “Street Medicine 101” workshop on October 23rd for interested participants. The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, widely regarded as one of the world’s largest and most effective homeless health care programs, has generously agreed to serve as a local sponsoring organization.

Learning Activities

The International Street Medicine Symposium is the world’s premiere educational event dedicated to the health care of unsheltered or “rough-sleeping” homeless populations. As always, the Symposium will offer a slate of homeless health care experts from around the globe presenting clinical topics, innovations, research outcomes, and best practices relevant to Street Medicine. The popular format mix of large-group lectures, small-group workshops, and poster presentations will be back again after positive reviews from last year’s Symposium. Additionally, there will be ample exposure to the talented clinicians and administrative staff of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program with scheduled site visits to the program’s renowned clinical facilities, including the Barbara McInnis House medical respite program. We hope to offer CME credits for eligible clinicians again this year.

Host City Spotlight

Street Medicine clinicians and administrators from around the world have long regarded the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program as a leader of the Street Medicine movement; many of the field’s most important research outcomes and clinical innovations have come from the talented clinicians and staff at BHCHP. The program’s extensive network of clinical services across the spectrum of homelessness and seamless integration into Boston’s world-class academic mental centers and health sciences educational institutions stands as an international model for comprehensive, continuous, and high-quality health care programming for persons experiencing homelessness.

In addition to its status as a homeless health care hub, Boston was chosen to host this year’s Symposium for its unrivaled combination of metropolitan beauty, history, international accessibility, and diversity. And there is no better time to visit Boston than late October, when the New England fall foliage season is at its spectacular peak!

Reconnect and Re-energize

As consistently reported by past participants, one of the most valuable experiences of the Symposium is the opportunity to interact with Street Medicine colleagues from across the country and around the world. Again this year, program activities will incorporate time to reconnect with old friends, make new contacts, and share stories of the triumphs and challenges of this important work. Participants will be inspired and re-energized as they renew a common commitment to improving the lives of their brothers and sisters living on the streets.

Call for Presenters

Presentation proposal submissions are being accepted until May 31, 2013. Please visit for additional information about the presentation proposal guidelines and submission process.


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Program Schedule (preliminary and subject to change)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
• Special pre-Symposium “Street Medicine 101” workshop for interested participants (see below for full description)

Thursday, October 24, 2013; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Local sponsoring organization presentations including welcoming keynote address
• Panel discussion highlighting topics of local expertise
• Service agency site visits for participants (transportation provided)
• Box lunch included
• Evening reception included

Friday, October 25, 2013; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Invited presentations (large-group lecture/discussion format)
• Keynote address (internationally-renown speaker with core Street Medicine values)
• Invited presentations (small-group, interactive workshop format)
• Poster session
• Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included

Saturday, October 26, 2013; 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
• Invited presentations (students)
• Poster session
• Street Medicine Institute update
• Symposium wrap-up with reflection and discussion
• Continental breakfast included

Pre-Symposium “Street Medicine 101” Workshop

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to again offer this special pre-Symposium half-day workshop on Wednesday, October 23rd. This high-yield introductory session is targeted to those individuals and organizations who may be new to Street Medicine or in need of expert guidance to launch or grow their Street Medicine activities. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the history and practice of Street Medicine followed by a unique opportunity to interact with an expert panel of Street Medicine practitioners for individualized advice and problem solving. Since capacity for this special session is limited and high demand is anticipated, participants must register in advance to attend. To best meet needs, the panel asks that participants prepare the following materials and submit them for review at least two weeks prior to the workshop:
• Description of current Street Medicine practice status or future plan
• Prioritized listing and brief explanation of active or anticipated challenges to be addressed
• Specific educational goals for the session

Message from the Chair:

On behalf of the Street Medicine Institute and the International Street Medicine Symposium Committee, I thank you for your interest and for sharing this notice with any friends and colleagues who may not have received it. As always, your ideas for a successful Symposium are most welcome, including recommendations for speakers, topics, or formats. Questions, comments, and suggestions about the Symposium can be addressed to the committee chair at

With your participation and expertise, this will be a truly outstanding event! I look forward to seeing you in Boston this fall so that we can continue to learn from one another and renew our commitment to improving the lives of our brothers and sisters living on the streets throughout the world.



Patrick J. Perri, MD
Chair, 9th annual International Street Medicine Symposium
Chair, Board of Directors, Street Medicine Institute