Symposium 2014

International Street Medicine Symposium X

October 9-11, 2014   Dublin, Ireland

Great News!


The Street Medicine Institute is excited to announce the 10th annual International Street Medicine Symposium, to be held October 9-11 in Europe’s friendliest city—Dublin, Ireland!  A special pre-symposium Street Medicine 101 workshop will also be offered on October 8th for any interested participants.  Safetynet Ireland, one of Europe’s most innovative and effective homeless health care networks, has generously agreed to serve as the primary local sponsoring organization.

Learning Activities

The International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS) is the world’s premier educational event dedicated to the health care of unsheltered or “rough-sleeper” homeless populations.  As always, the ISMS will offer an impressive 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 prior years.  Additionally, there will be ample opportunities to interact with the talented clinicians and staff of local service organizations within the Safetynet Ireland network, including scheduled community service site visits.  We intend to offer continuing medical education credits for eligible clinicians again this year.  Both clinicians and non-clinicians are welcome; we encourage and celebrate the diversity of professional roles and disciplines represented among participants.


Host City Spotlight


In this historic 10th year of the ISMS, we are excited to achieve our longstanding goal of becoming truly international by hosting the Symposium outside the U.S. for the first time!  Dublin was chosen to host this year’s ISMS from a group of outstanding international host city candidates, in no small part because of its accessibility for international visitors, historical and cultural richness, and famously friendly people.

Dublin’s homeless health care environment is equally impressive, with a well-coordinated network of innovative and passionate service providers partnered under the Safetynet Ireland organizational umbrella to deliver comprehensive health services to a sizeable rough sleeper population.  The excellent work happening in Dublin is highlighted by a number of compelling harm-reduction and high-utilizer projects for special homeless subgroups, including injection drug users, commercial sex workers, and travelers.  In addition, many of these efforts are neatly blended into the curriculum of an exemplary GP training program that specifically focuses on the care of homeless and other medically underserved populations.


Reconnect and Re-energize

As consistently reported by past participants, one of the most valuable experiences of the ISMS is the opportunity to interact with Street Medicine colleagues from 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

The organizing committee of the ISMS is pleased to extend an open invitation for presentation proposal submissions.  While we are particularly interested in exploring themes related to clinical topics in Street Medicine, coordination of care across the spectrum of homelessness, streets-to-housing initiatives, and integration of Street Medicine programming into local hospitals and academic institutions, submissions in any topic area related to the health care of unsheltered or rough-sleeper homeless populations are welcome.   Proposals must be received by June 8, 2014 to be considered for presentation.  For complete details of the presentation proposal guidelines and submission process, please click here.

Program Schedule (preliminary and subject to change)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Special pre-symposium Street Medicine 101 workshop for interested participants (see description below)

Thursday, October 9, 2014; 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)
  • Lunch included
  • Evening social reception included

Friday, October 10, 2014; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Invited presentations (large-group lecture format)
  • Keynote address (internationally-renown speaker with core Street Medicine values)
  • Invited presentations (small-group, interactive workshop format)
  • Poster session
  • Lunch included

Saturday, October 11, 2014; 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Invited presentations
  • Poster session
  • Street Medicine Institute annual update
  • Wrap-up with reflection and discussion

“Street Medicine 101” Workshop

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to again offer this special pre-symposium half-day workshop on Wednesday, October 8th.  This high-yield introductory session is targeted to those individuals and organizations that may be new to Street Medicine or in need of expert guidance to launch or enhance 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 personalized 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 learner 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 current/anticipated challenges
  • Specific educational goals for the session


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Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Street Medicine Institute and the organizing committee of the International Street Medicine Symposium, 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 event are most welcome, including recommendations for speakers, topics, or formats.  Questions, comments, and suggestions about the ISMS can be addressed to the organizing committee at at any time.

With your participation and expertise, we anticipate another outstanding Symposium this year!  I hope to see you in Dublin in the fall so that we can continue to learn from one another and renew our collective commitment to improving the lives of our brothers and sisters living on the streets throughout the world.

Sláinte mhaith!


Patrick J. Perri, MD

Chair, 10th annual International Street Medicine Symposium

Chair, Board of Directors, Street Medicine Institute